Program Information
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Winter 2025: Kyoto, Japan PSYC micro
January 08, 2025 - January 28, 2025 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Traditional Wooden Temple
Interest Meetings:
02/28/2024 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMGORE 320
03/04/2024 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMGORE 320
03/05/2024 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMGORE 320
04/03/2024 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMGOR 304
Program Notes
This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.
All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 6-8 weeks (2 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad at this time poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad must be prepared to adapt to evolving situations and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country which are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and world events as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates. If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students.
Program Description

Experience cultural psychology in Kyoto, Japan, a city known for 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as excellent food, lively temple festivals, and the International Manga Museum.

To study how “culture and psyche make each other up,” you’ll seek out everyday Japanese situations and settings, speculating about the psychological adaptations they might foster. We will collect data to replicate past research and test hypotheses about cultural practices across Kansai (Western Japan). Students will travel around Kansai to visit Hiroshima, Kobe, Osaka, Nara, as well as smaller cities and towns. You’ll also learn some basic Japanese language.

Students will stay in a hotel in Kyoto with breakfast provided. Some bento lunches will be provided on weekdays. The program will also include one overnight stay at a Japanese-style inn with dinner and breakfast.

This program is designed for students interested in cultural psychology research and daily life in Japan. A winter session in Kyoto is a chance to meet the monkeys of Arashiyama, visit peaceful temples and shrines, and taste the best ramen of your life.

The Program Fee includes housing, regional transit passes, excursions and related transportation, some meals, and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Japan, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Japan.
Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
PSYC 467: Seminar: Cultural Psychology Research (3 credits)
Cultural psychology is the scientific study of how “culture and psyche make each other up.” It investigates how people’s emotions, cognitions, and motivations are shaped by engagement with specific cultural settings, and in turn, how these culturally-shaped emotions, cognitions, and motivations reinforce and reshape common cultural situations. In this course, we will review classic concepts and contemporary research in cultural psychology, focusing on studies conducted in Japan. Occasional guest speakers from Kyoto University will share their own methods and recent findings with the students. Students will develop hypotheses they can test with observational research in public spaces during excursions to large, medium, and small towns in Western Japan.

Instructional hours: 1.5 to 2 hours per day, plus excursions
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC100, and ideally, PSYC207 and PSYC209 (or its substitutes). Students without PSYC207 and PSYC209 will still be considered for the program. All students must complete CITI Human Subjects Training upon acceptance to the program.
UNIV 370-215: Study Abroad - Japan PSYC Micro (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a minumum G.P.A. of at least 2.5 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged as acceptances may be made on a rolling basis and the program may fill before the application deadline.

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $1,700.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-May.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$1,755.00$4,710.00
Estimated Program Fee$2,850.00$2,850.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$4,635.00$7,590.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,700.00$1,700.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onApril 20, 2024
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 03, 2024
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Beth Morling
Faculty Director
Wolf Hall Rm. 224
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