Study Away Opportunities Asian Studies Furman University

Every year, we offer a variety of study away opportunities. Choose the experience that interests you:

  • Fall in China

      Offering a mix of travel and classroom learning, our Fall in China program is a unique way to see and experience China. Your Furman professors will travel with you and teach some of your classes. But you'll also get to experience a Contemporary Chinese Society class, specially designed for our program and taught by a Chinese instructor.

      At the end of the semester, you'll go on a guided tour across the country. The itinerary changes each year, but no matter where you go, you'll experience the country's rich history and culture.

      Apply now
      Ready to get started? Apply through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Explore Suzhou
      Suzhou is one of the top tourist destinations in China and it's easy to see why. Located on the Yangtze River, the area is full of lakes and ponds, which gives it the nickname "Venice of China." The area's known for it's classical gardens, temples, and canals.

      Our accommodations
      You'll spend the semester living in a dorm room with a Chinese roommate. What better way to immerse yourself in the Chinese language and culture?

      Our costs
      Like all Furman study away programs, this trip costs the same as a semester on campus.

      Contact us
      Have more questions? Contact Becky Duckett.

  • Japan Exchange

      Want to see what it's like to be a college student in Japan? You can spend a semester or a full academic year studying at one of our three partner schools in Japan. It's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture.

      Waseda University

      If you are serious about learning Japanese and have studied the language for at least two semesters, this year-long, language-intensive program is perfect for you. Waseda University is a private university in Tokyo that has crafted a program for exchange students. During the academic year, you'll take courses on Japanese language, culture, and society.

      Apply now
      Ready to get started? Apply through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Explore Tokyo
      You'll find no shortage of things to do and see in Japan's capital. Tokyo has one of the most extensive railway networks in the world, providing easy access to the museums, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. But the city hasn't lost its history, either. You'll find yourself exploring temples, shrines, bath houses, and other historical sites.

      Our accommodations
      Most students in this program stay in the international dorms with students from around the world. But you'll also have the option to reside with a host family in Tokyo or to live in the regular student dorms. Either way, you'll become friends with students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Your meals will be provided by your host family or the university's dining hall.

      Our costs
      The cost is about the same as a year at Furman. The best part? You can use your scholarships and financial aid and even apply for special study away scholarships.

      Contact us
      Want more information? Contact Shusuke Yagi.

      Kansai Gaidai University

      Getting started in Japanese? At Kansai Gaidai University, you'll study the language and culture for either one or two semesters. There's no language requirement, so it's a great option if you haven't studied Japanese.

      Apply now
      Ready to get started? Apply through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Explore Osaka
      Located in the heart of Japan, Osaka is the country's commercial center. You'll find all the amenities of a big city like museums, theatres, shopping, and parks. But you'll also find historic landmarks like the Hozenji Temple. If you want to get away from the big city, Kansai Gaidai University is about an hour from Kyoto, home to one of the most valuable Japanese art collections in the country. Nara, which is home to the first organized political state in Japan, is also a short drive away.

      Our accommodations
      You have the option to stay with a host family in Osaka, live in the regular student dorms, or live with other exchange students in the international dorms. Either way, you'll become friends with people from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures. Your meals will be provided by your host family or the university's dining hall.

      Our costs
      The cost is about the same as a year at Furman. The best part? You can use your scholarships and financial aid and even apply for special study away scholarships.

      Contact us
      Want more information? Contact Shusuke Yagi

      Seinan Gakuin University

      If you're seeking a chance to improve your Japanese, study at Seinan Gakuin University for a semester or year. There's no language prerequisite.

      Apply now
      Ready to get started? Apply through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Explore Fukuoka
      Located on the banks of the Sea of Genkai, Fukuoka is home to beautiful parks and great seafood cuisine. While you're there, you'll enjoy a modern city as well as historical and cultural sites. If you want to explore other parts of Asia, it's easy to reach South Korea and China from Fukuoka.

      Our accommodations
      You'll have the option to stay with a host family in Fukuoko, live in the regular student dorms, or live with other exchange students in the international dorms. Either way, you'll become friends with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Your meals will be provided by your host family or the university's dining hall.

      Our costs
      The cost is about the same as a year at Furman. The best part? You can use your scholarships and financial aid and apply for special study away scholarships.

      Contact us
      Want more information? Contact Shusuke Yagi.

  • Japan from Periphery and Center (May Experience)

      The Great Tohoku Earthquake caused a catastrophic tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2010. How has economic stability impacted the recovery of different cities? We'll explore the topic as we travel through Japan. Before we leave, we'll spend three days on campus preparing for our trip, learning about Japanese culture, and working on course readings and blog entries.

      Apply now
      Ready to get started? Apply through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Explore Japan
      On this trip, you'll see some of Japan's most diverse cities. That's because you'll visit big cities and small towns on this May Experience trip. In the past, we've gone to Tokyo, Okinawa, Kyoto, and Osaka. Along the way, you'll explore World Heritage Sites, learn about cultures in different areas of Japan, and visit museums and historical sites. You'll also meet Japanese college students.

      Our accommodations
      You'll spend most of your time in hotels and youth hostels. But you'll also spend one night in a Japanese-style inn to get the traditional experience of using a sleeping mats and eating a traditional Japanese meal. You'll quickly learn that eating is an important part of the Japanese culture. That's why we'll experience as many different types of food, including a rotating sushi bars, and izakayas, Japanese pubs.

      Our costs
      The program fee, which varies from year to year, includes all of your travel related expenses.

      Contact us
      Want to know more about the program? Contact Izumi Tokunaga or Shusuke Yagi.

  • Experience Korea (May Experience)

      How does the Western world view South Korea? How does the country, which has been powerfully influenced by China and Japan, view its own unique history? That's what we'll explore in this May Experience course.

      Explore South Korea
      Home to the world's 10th largest city, beautiful mountains and rivers, and a number of cultural sites, South Korea is a blend of modern life and historical heritage. You'll get a taste of both as we travel the country exploring world heritage sites, meeting South Korean college students, and seeing the modern day country.

      Our accommodations
      We'll be spend the majority of our time in guest houses. You'll share a private room with three to five other Furman students. Each morning, we'll make a light breakfast in the common kitchen before starting our day. When we don't stay in the guest houses, you'll experience some truly unique accommodations. One night, we'll stay at a temple to see first-hand what it's like to be a monk in South Korea. Another night, we'll stay overnight and experience college life at Busan University. You can expect a lot of conversation, singing, and cooking to go on throughout the night.

      Our costs
      Our program fee covers all your travel-related expenses.

      Contact us
      Want more information? Contact Becky Duckett.

  • Furman in India

      Every other year, we travel to India to explore one of the most diverse countries in the world. The focus of the trip changes each year, but with over 20 official languages, all of the major world religions represented, the world's second largest population, and an emerging global economy, it's impossible not to talk about diversity on this study away trip.

      You'll begin your experience at Furman with six weeks of intensive classroom sessions. That way, when we leave for India, we'll be able to spend as much time exploring the country as possible. We'll visit religious sites, talk to business professionals, and explore different cities. Our guest speakers will help us understand India's diversity, and global social justice issues. Along with religious and cultural sites, you might visit orphanages, learn about non-profits that focus on educating women and girls, or explore poverty issues.

      Apply now
      Ready to plan your Indian adventure? Apply to the program through the Office of Study Away and International Education.

      Explore India
      Once we get to India, we'll spend a portion of our trip at the Madras Christian College outside of Chennai in South India. The college is located 45 minutes from the major metropolitan area of Chennai and, like Furman, the campus features lush green spaces and beautiful architecture. During your free time, you'll get a chance to meet some of the students from the college and travel with them into the city to eat, explore, and shop.

      During the last part of the trip, we'll make our way north until we reach the country's capital, Delhi. Our route changes each year, but along the way, you can be sure we'll stop at cultural, religious, and economic sites.

      Our accommodations
      During the first part of the trip, we'll stay in the international guest house at Madras Christian College. You'll share your room with one to two other students and share the common spaces with the rest of the group. Our culinary experience there is truly remarkable. Cooks from the college prepare both Indian and western-style meals. The staff is friendly and willing to adjust the food to our tastes.

      During the travel portion of the trip, we'll stay in hotels, which typically provide a dinner buffet of local foods. We'll also explore Indian cuisine at nearby restaurants.

      Our costs
      Like all of our semester-long study away programs, this trip costs the same as a semester at Furman. The only thing you need to worry about is your transportation to the Greenville or Atlanta airport.

      Contact us
      Want more information? Contact Savita Nair.

























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