Japan (SICE) Semester


Earlham's Studies in Cross Cultural Education (SICE) program provides students a unique opportunity to learn about Japan by participating in a Japanese community. Students become a member of a local school by serving as a foreign language (English) teaching assistant. About ten students participate in SICE every year. The program is located in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of Japan.

Students live with host families during their stay in Morioka. Each student is provided with a private room and is expected to take part in family meals at breakfast and dinner. Host families make the student a part of the family, often planning weekend trips and outings together.

During the semester, students travel to the Tohoku coastline including the city of Miyako and the village of Tanohata. Students meet with government officials to discuss the recovery efforts following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami; tour some of the devastated areas and learn about risk management planning for the future; and visit households and businesses that have a long relationship with Earlham College.


Students accepted to participate in the program are required to take part in scheduled orientation sessions during the spring semester, prior to departure. Students will receive one semester credit (ID24) for successful completion of the orientation program.

Students earn a total of 18 semester credits for the successful completion of the program. The following courses will be offered:

  • Japanese Language (6 hrs)
  • Field Study in Education (6 hrs)
  • Cross-Cultural Educational Perspectives (3 hrs)
  • Special Faculty Seminar (3 hrs)

In addition to these courses, students are required to participate in a variety of group activities, including concerts, festivals, and trips to historic sites. Participants are responsible for negotiating credits with their academic advisor before departure.

Academic Programs



Program fees are equal to tuition, room, and board for one semester at Earlham. The program covers academic and educational costs, including tuition, field excursions, accommodations, meals, and administrative costs during the program. A deposit of $350 is required after acceptance into the program, which is a part of the total cost.

Students on financial aid may apply their aid to one Earlham or GLCA-recognized study abroad program during their college career.

Additional Cost

Each student must budget for additional money to cover round-trip airfare, passport and visa fees, personal expenses, such as books, gifts, and costs during independent travel periods.


Students will be responsible for making their own travel plans, both to and from the program, as well as during any independent travel periods. Information on travel and flight reservations will be available during the orientation.


The language requirement is one year of college level Japanese or the equivalent. Students are encouraged to continue their language study until departing for Japan. Undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply.



Students and faculty share stories and photos about the Japan experience.

To read updates about this year's program, please visit the 2014 SICE program blog. To view past program updates, check out the 2013 and 2011 program blogs.

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