As a Japanese major, study abroad will be one of the most important experiences of your academic career. Studying abroad in Japan will give you the opportunity to interact with many native speakers, which is key to language acquisition. In addition, study abroad will allow you to experience Japanese culture first-hand. Considering the many differences between Eastern and Western culture, study abroad is particularly important for Japanese majors.
Japanese majors who study in Japan always want to go back post-graduation. Many pursue graduate degrees and careers abroad. If you are considering work abroad after graduation, studying in Japan as an undergraduate will give you a competitive edge in your applications for international jobs and graduate programs.
Typically, Japanese majors participate in study abroad programs that offer intensive language courses. With the approval of your advisor, literature and other culture courses may also be taken abroad. See the Fulfilling Academic Requirements  section of this MAP for more information about how to coordinate your study abroad experience with your 4-year graduation plan.
Many study abroad options are available to you. From 8-week summer programs to full-year enrollment at a Japanese university, there are plenty of opportunities to earn credit toward your degree while studying abroad.
Participating in a reciprocal exchange makes the cost of study abroad comparable to tuition at the UI. In addition, various scholarships are available for Japanese majors wishing to study abroad. More information about these awards can be found here .