Technos Japan Tour

We are pleased to announce a unique opportunity for Trinity students, made possible by the College‚Äôs affiliation with the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust of Japan. One faculty or staff member and two students are invited for a two-week trip to Japan to participate in Technos International Week held in Tokyo every year in June.
 
Technos International Week is an event organized by Technos International College of Japan. Its goal is to promote international exchange and understanding between the international guests and the members of the host institution, as well as to offer the guest group the opportunity to experience and appreciate Japanese life and culture. Trinity College is one of 10 colleges and universities from around the world to participate. 

Eligibility

This is an opportunity for those who have genuine interest in Japan but who have little or no chance to pursue it academically. The hope is that the experience will lead the candidates to take up Japanese studies at Trinity College. Students who are either currently in first-year Japanese or planning to study first-year Japanese in the fall of 2014 are given the highest consideration.   
Other selection criteria:

  • Thoughtfulness and feasibility of the proposed project

  • Personal qualities appropriate to represent Trinity College and to work within a team

  • An excellent academic record

  • A willingness to meet people from different racial and cultural backgrounds and to experience elements of Japanese culture, living conditions, and cuisine that may be unfamiliar

  • No previous experience living in Japan required

  • Little or no proficiency in Japanese is required

  • A citizenship status that allows visa waiver conditions for short-term entry to Japan (If you do not know the status of your visa waiver condition, please check online)

Application Procedure

There is no application form.

Please submit a one-to-two page letter of application, in which you:

  • Briefly describe your interest in Japan

  • Outline how you may pursue your interest in Japan

  • Propose a project you would like to embark on during the two-week stay in Japan

  • Also, include the name of one person within the Trinity community, either faculty or administrator, who knows you well and can support your application 

  • Please attach your Trinity transcript (unofficial transcript accepted)

Submit your application to Professor Rieko Wagoner, Department of Language and Culture Studies.  We will begin the application process in late January with applications due on Friday, February 7, 2014.  Once applications have been submitted, we will begin the selection process immediately following the deadline by interviewing the finalists and notifying the selected students by the first week of April.
 
The review committee for the tour program proposals consists of Rieko Wagoner (principal lecturer in Japanese language), Xiangming Chen (dean, urban and global studies), and Jeffrey Bayliss (assistant professor of history). 

2013 Participants:
Students
Nijel O. Hill ' 15
Jay Jang ' 15

Staff Member: 
Carol T. de Best,  Associate Director, Multicultural Affairs