HOUSING & LIVING
During the first phase of the Study Abroad Program in Asia, you will have the opportunity to experience the city of Seoul, South Korea. We will begin the program in Seoul on July 16 (Monday), so you should plan to arrive by July 15 (Sunday) at the latest. We will finish in Seoul on July 27 (Friday) with a farewell dinner. We will transition to Japan over the weekend of July 28-29. Prof. Cravens will fly over on Saturday the 28th. You are welcome to travel on either weekend day, depending on whether you would like to stay longer in Korea.
During the second phase of the program, we will spend time in both Tokyo and Nagoya. Classes will begin in Tokyo on July 30 (Monday), so you should plan to arrive in Japan by July 29 (Sunday) at the latest. We will travel together by train to Nagoya on August 1 (Wednesday). The program will finish on August 10 (Friday) with a farewell dinner in the evening, so you can fly back to the U.S. that weekend or stay a while longer.
General housing information
The program does not provide housing. To make your journey easier, though, we will be making reservations at one or two hotels within reasonable distance of each university, and we expect to make arrangements for dormitory rooms at Nagoya University as well. We anticipate that most program participants will stay at these hotels. These accommodations have been selected based on location and price. You will have the option of selecting one of these accommodations or making your own arrangements. If you choose one of the options arranged through the program, payment will ultimately be made directly to the accommodation provider. We anticipate posting more information about the specific hotel options and reservation details in the mid to late Spring, at which point program participants can confirm their intentions about staying in these accommodations.
Housing in Seoul, South Korea (14 nights)
In Seoul, we anticipate arranging hotel accommodations for interested students at an affordable business hotel either in walking distance to campus or with easy shuttle service to the law school campus where classes will be held. The hotels at which we have made arrangements in the past are also conveniently located with respect to the Seoul subway system, and taxis are very affordable in Seoul as well, for purposes of exploring the city further.
Rooms in the hotels are equipped with wi-fi and typically both single and twin rooms are available. Laundry service is available for a fee or laundromats are available nearby. Depending on the hotel, breakfast may be included in the rate or may be added on for a small fee. Details on the arrangements with a particular hotel will be available during the Spring semester. Students are also free to make their own lodging arrangements.
On the Kyung Hee University campus, the students will have access to the libraries, classrooms, restaurants, and outdoor study areas to prepare for class.
Housing in Tokyo, Japan (3-4 nights)
Tokyo is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. Formerly known as Edo, Tokyo was essentially a small castle town until it became Japan's political center in 1603. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world’s most populous cities. Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture, and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as the historical Asakusa district, excellent museums, historic temples, and gardens.
In Tokyo, the program will provide suggested lodging options for your convenience. Our target price for a reasonable business hotel in Tokyo is $75 per room per night (single occupancy), or less than $300 for our full stay in the capital. We will stay in Tokyo for 3-4 nights (depending on your arrival date) before transitioning to Nagoya. You are welcome to make your own lodging arrangements in Tokyo. Hostels or capsule hotels start at about $25 per night, while larger Western-style hotels cost start from around $125 per night.
One likely option for accommodations in Tokyo is the Olympic Inn, approximately a 4-5 minute walk from the site of classes in Tokyo. This hotel offers single rooms (both non-smoking and smoking available) all with private bath and wifi included. The anticipated cost is roughly 20,000 yen for three nights (including tax).<pWe anticipate that we will hold classes on the campus of Temple University Japan (TUJ) on July 30-31. TUJ is located in central Tokyo nearby the Tamachi and Azabu-Juban areas.
Housing in Nagoya, Japan (10 nights)
The program will shift from Tokyo to Nagoya on August 1 (Wednesday), and will remain in this iconic city holding classes through August 10 (Friday). In Nagoya, all classes will be held on the Nagoya University campus. During your time on campus, you will have access to the libraries, classrooms, cafeteria, Starbucks, and the international student lounge.
We expect to have access to the University dormitories in Nagoya once again this summer. Each room in the dorms has a bed, dresser, book-shelf, chair, desk-lamp, trash can, and air-conditioner. Bedding is provided, but you must provide your own towel. Bath facilities are shared, as are kitchen facilities. The cost for the 10 night stay is roughly 10,000 yen, plus a small charge for utilities. The dorms are close to campus where classes are held, and a 5 minute walk from the subway. Dorm facilities are available in groups of 8 rooms (grouped by gender), so we will allot these on a space-available basis in the spring (more information to come).
For those students who prefer a hotel option, we will arrange for one or more options conveniently located near the subway line that stops near Nagoya University where classes will be held. One possible option is the Washington Plaza Hotel, which is a short walk from the Sakae subway stop. This is a comfortable business hotel with wifi in all rooms, near many shops and restaurants. The total cost would be roughly 50,000 yen.
Total projected housing & living expenses
Tokyo hotel: $300
Nagoya dorms or hotels: $100-500
Seoul hotel: $700
* All costs are approximated. These depend on the currency exchange rate and your choice of lodging. For example, you could save about $800 if you decided to stay in hostels instead of business hotels. Conversely, the cost of lodging could double if you wanted to stay in more upscale hotels throughout the trip. Although the program will provide lodging options for all program participants, it does not guarantee quality.
Food: $850 for program (assuming $30 per day - it is easily possible to spend less)
Local transportation: $500 (again, this assumes you will want to do some sightseeing and other local travel on weekends)
Personal expenses: varies according to person
** Please note that the above costs are estimated expenses and vary depending on the student.