UMW in Japan | Zen & the Arts

UMW in Japan

Zen & the Arts in Kyoto


Program Dates

May 13 – 26

Summer 2020


Program Closed

Program Fees


$500 deposit due upon registration.
Final $5,025 payment due February 1 2020.


  • International round-trip airfare
  • Housing and accommodations
  • Some Meals
  • Entrance fees for group site visits
  • International health insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad fee

NOT Included

  • Textbooks
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplemental meals or snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Immunizations
  • Visa (if required)
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Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program requires a moderate to high level of activity, including significant city walking and lengthy hours.

Join Dr. Dan Hirshberg on a contemplative journey to Kyoto, Japan.  This program introduces the history and doctrines of Japanese religions and focuses on the unique art forms of
Zen Buddhism, which not only exemplify enlightenment but also function as complete paths to its attainment. These include garden design, bonsai tree cultivation, sumi-ink painting and calligraphy, prose and poetic composition, and the tea ceremony.  Students will have the opportunity to visit sites such as Nishiki Market, Todai-ji Temple, Nara Museum, Saiha-ji & Koju-en Shohin Garden, and many more locations.


Students will stay in double-occupancy rooms at the Enso Ango Hotel in Kyoto. Daily breakfasts are included.


In addition to the program travel during the summer term, students must enroll in the Spring 2020 course RELG 331UU: Zen & the Arts for 3 credits.

This course satisfies the Experiential Learning OR Global Inquiry general education requirement by contract with the Faculty Director only.


Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major; UMW students must have completed 12 or more UMW course credits.  The program is also open to non-UMW students.


Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).


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