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Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Many students come to college with the hopes of studying abroad and Lewis College of Human Sciences is making it easier for them to do so. Open to Illinois Tech undergraduates in all majors, the Lewis College faculty-led summer study abroad program gives students the opportunity to have an international experience while earning credits to fulfill their degree requirements.

In 2020, Lewis College will host two faculty-led programs: Osaka, Japan; and Study Pop Culture in Japan: Toyko, Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto.

Osaka, Japan


Program Dates: June 7 to July 3, Summer 2020

Osaka is Chicago’s sister city. Much like Chicago, Osaka is famous for its food and friendly people. You will get to know this global city through course excursions and have the opportunity to explore the wider Kansai region with day trips to Kyoto, Kobe, and Nara. Courses are scheduled three days a week to allow for easy weekend travel, and Tokyo is just three hours away by bullet train. This program involves direct cultural exchange with students and faculty at Osaka City University.

Courses and Eligibility


Illinois Tech faculty teach all courses, which meet at Osaka City University. This four-week summer program allows students to take three to nine Illinois Tech core curriculum credit hours. Social sciences, humanities and IPRO courses are offered, giving students the opportunity to earn “S” and IPRO credits toward the Illinois Tech general education requirements. This program is open to students in all colleges who are not on academic probation.

Preference will be given to students who take six credit hours.

SSCI 285/385: Global Cities: Osaka 

HIST 385: Modern History of Japan

IPRO: 497: IPRO ABROAD: Osaka, Japan

Deadlines and Program Costs

  • Application: December 21, 2019
  • First Deposit: $500: January 21, 2020
  • Remaining Deposit: $500: March 17, 2020

Space is limited, so apply early!


Students will stay in quad apartments rooms with other Illinois Tech students.

Program Costs

  • $1,000 deposit
  • Tuition for 3 or 6 credit hours (paid to Illinois Tech. Some Illinois Tech scholarships apply, please check with Financial Aid for more information)
  • Additional costs:
    • Airfare
    • Food
    • Local transporation
    • Excursion tickets

Students interested in using Elevate scholarships toward this study abroad should contact Carly Goldberg (

how to apply

Applications are available via Google Classroom. Log in to Google Classroom with your Illinois Tech email at, and use classroom code edv6f59.


Contact Rebecca Steffenson, industry associate professor of political science and faculty-lead for the Osaka, Japan program.

Study Pop Culture in Japan: Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka, and Kyoto

Study Pop Culture

Program Dates: May 14–June 20, 2020

Study popular culture in Japan! This program incorporates site-specific cultural and educational experiences alongside conventional coursework focused on Asian studies while enabling students to see multiple regions of Japan. As a student in this humanities intensive program, you will explore Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka, and Kyoto. Classes will meet Monday through Friday in the morning with scheduled afternoon activities; Wednesday will be dedicated to independent studies. Weekends will be open for you and your peers to visit sites of your own choosing or to spend more time on your projects. Also, the 2020 Summer Olympics are taking place in Japan in July, so you will have the opportunity to observe the country's preparations for the global event.

Structured, planned cultural and historical visits will be finalized closer to the trip, but in the past have included: Studio Ghibli, the Edo Tokyo Museum, a wagashi (traditional tea ceremony sweets) making lesson, Himeji Castle, the Hiroshima Peace Museum, Nijojo, Gion Matsuri, and a Japanese play, Gears. Students have the option of adding on guided theme park visits, but these would be at an additional cost and are not required.

Additional program information

HUM 380: Asian Popular Culture

HUM 380: Asian Visual and Spatial Rhetoric

HUM 491: Independent Study

This program is open to all Illinois Tech students*, regardless of major. Students would be expected to enroll or at least audit all 9 hours of credit to participate in the program. Courses count for humanities credit or electives, and all students will have the opportunity to complete faculty supervised research projects. All courses would rely on site-specific instructional experiences with visits to cultural and historical landmarks and museums; the total additional cost for these experiences is modest, at $300 per student which also includes an opening and closing meal. 

Through a partnership with the Elevate Program, students will pay for 6 hours of course credit while earning 9 hours of credit.

*Students on academic probation are ineligible.

Program Costs

  • Summer tuition: approximately $6,500
  • $3,000 (covers housing, rail, and excursions)
  • Airfare
  • We also recommend students budget for food, local travel (subways, etc.), and tourist activities and incidentals.


  • Application: February 1, 2020
  • First Deposit: $500: February 16, 2020
  • Final Payment Due: March 17, 2020

Students using financial aid toward their program fee will need a letter from Financial Aid.

Space is limited, so apply early!

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Email Professor Carly Kocurek ( with questions regarding the trip itinerary, academics, and other trip-related inquiries. 

Email Carly Goldberg ( in the Office of Financial Aid to learn more about aid you may utilize.