Study Tour to Korea & Japan

June 14- July 4, 2008

Bloomington Orientation (May 17-18)

Chicago Orientation (June 14)

Bloomington follow-up meeting (September 13-14)


Tour Information

Purpose   Costs
Tour Sponsers   Other Participant Responsibilities
Tour Leaders   Orientation
Eligilibity   Follow-Up
Itinerary   Rigors of Traveling
Contact Information



This study tour for middle and high school teachers is designed to let you experience firsthand cultural, historical and educational aspects of Korea and Japan. During your travels you will visit key cultural landmarks, museums, and other sites. Youíll visit Korean and Japanese schools and observe classes. While we will travel as a group, we have left time for you to take charge of your own learning through independent exploration and research. We hope that these firsthand experiences will provide you with the information, insights, and artifacts you need to help cultivate greater understanding of Korea and Japan in your schools and communities.

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Tour Sponsors

Funding for this study tour is made possible through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation. The Foundation is committed to providing educational opportunities about East Asia for American educators and students grades 6-12. Our tour is offered as a part of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the same program under which IU offers its Teaching about Asia seminars. NCTA also includes regional coordinating sites at the University of Washington, University of Colorado, Columbia University, and the Five College Center for East Asian Studies (Smith College).

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Tour Leaders

Qiong Jiang, EASC Outreach Coordinator, will lead this study tour. East Asian Faculty expert Mike Robinson; Curriculum Consultant John Frank; and Tour Logistics Coordinator Jeeyoung Shin, IU graduate student, will accompany the group.

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Note: Eligible individuals will be notified of their eligibility by e-mail and letter.

Applicants must be alumni of the NCTA Teaching about Asia seminar and must have completed the follow-up report. Individuals may participate in only one EASC-Freeman sponsored study tour. Up to 20 qualified teachers will go on the trip. Participants must have a valid passport. It is the participantís responsibility to ensure that passport and other travel documents are in order. Finally, while it is not required, we encourage participants to have e-mail and Internet access. Much of the pre-departure information, study materials, and discussion among the participants will be communicated via e-mail and this specially-designed study tour website.

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The tour will incorporate historical, cultural and educational components in several cities in Korea and Japan. The tour will begin with an orientation in Bloomington May 17 and 18, 2008. This will give participants the opportunity to meet one another, develop personal and group goals for the trip, and begin delving into the culture and history of Korea and Japan with the tour leaders. The group will gather in Chicago the day before departure to continue orientation and enjoy a pre-departure dinner together.

Highlights of the tour will include:

Seoul city tourGyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul


the DMZDMZ and a look into North Korea


KyotoKinkakuji in Kyoto

NaraDaibutsu in Nara

Meiji Shrine in TokyoTokyo

School visits school visit



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Costs covered by EASC

Costs covered by participants

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Other Participant Responsibilities

Participants are also expected to submit a lesson plan in the format provided by the curriculum consultant. These lesson plans should include knowledge or materials acquired on the study tour. These lesson plans, due by January 15, 2009, will be compiled and provided to each member of the study tour.

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The main orientation for study tour participants will be held at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University May 17-18, 2008. Orientation activities will include lectures on Korean and Japanese history and culture, development of group and personal trip goals, exchange of practical travel tips, and discussion of cultural dos and doníts. Participants are responsible for travel expenses to and from Bloomington, but food and lodging will be provided by EASC.

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In addition to the orientation sessions before the study tour, participants are required to participate in a follow-up meeting in Bloomington September 13-14, 2008. The purpose of the meeting is to reflect on the trip, share experiences, and update colleagues on how materials are being implemented in the classroom. Once again, participants are responsible for travel expenses to and from Bloomington, but food and lodging will be provided by EASC.

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Rigors of Traveling

Before submitting an application, prospective applicants should be sure they are up to meeting the following travel challenges we will likely encounter: extended periods of hot, humid weather; crowded ground transportation; high levels of air pollution; many stairs; and extended periods of walking (will likely exceed 5 miles on many days). Participants should be prepared to carry their own luggage long distances (through airports and train stations, from buses to hotels) and be able to load/unload their own luggage from buses and trains. Participants should be in good health, adaptable to a variety of circumstances, and sensitive to cultural differences. We recommend enrolling in a general fitness program if you are not already fit.

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For More Information

Qiong Jiang
Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 812-855-9319 or 1-800-441-EASC (3272)

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