People in boat on water in Japan 2021 Summer Programs in Asia


Japan: Ecology, Phenomena, Craft

Examine important historical, designed environments of Japan, especially architectural, as a means of study of key relationships and phenomena in the history and practice of design of the built environment. The program will focus on the relationships between the unique ecological and physical environment of central Japan, particular cultural forms and phenomena found there, and distinctive traditional practices in design. (6 credits, DES 300/500)

Tokyo’s Olympic Dreams and Baseball Obsessions

Explore the intersection of sports and society, through the application of public relations, in understanding how public perceptions are shaped and managed in Tokyo, as the city begins its final preparations for hosting the 2021 Summer Olympics. (3 credits; PRL 530)


Mount Everest Base Camp: The Human Response to High Altitude

Join a 3-week research expedition to the foot of the highest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest and learn how the human body responds to high altitude. Centered on the legendary Base Camp Mount Everest trek in Nepal, you will collect physiological data as part of a field experiment meant to demonstrate how humans respond physiologically to the challenges of high altitude. (PPE 500)


Singapore Summer Internship Program

The program begins with a one-week mandatory orientation, which includes guest lectures, visits to local companies, and time to explore Singapore while work visas are secured. The second week begins the internship experience. Most students are placed in multi-national companies who have made Singapore their regional headquarters for operations in Southeast Asia. Students must be prepared to stay on for their internship placement for 11 to 12 weeks. Placements are available in a variety of areas, including but not limited to supply chain, process improvement, corporate finance, accounting, marketing, customer service, general management, legal, public affairs, and communications/entertainment. (3 or 6 credits; BUA 470/670 and/or BUA 490/690)

South Korea

Past and Contemporary Built-Environment in South Korea

Through participatory projects with students from partner universities in Seoul, analytical sketches of the local environments, and experiential observations, students will share perspectives of global phenomena found in built environment, examine characteristics of the local landscape, explore form and space shaped by local ecology. (3 credits; DES300/500) Graduate credit available.


Three Cities Architecture Studio in Asia

In this 9-credit studio and seminar, students will live in 3 dense and vibrant Asian cities – Tokyo, Seto Inland Sea Islands, and Osaka.  Through visiting prominent urban attractions as well as experiencing typical daily life, students will construct urban observations through two lenses: the macro (through literature and lectures on data and facts, policies and codes, etc.) and the micro (through their own eyes).  Students will choose an urban issue – such as food, housing, transportation, or hydrology – and build a comparable narrative form of their focused research within the three cities. (9 credits; ARC 407/408/608/609 and ARC 500)