Skip to Content
Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program.
Japan: iPOP International Pop Culture
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Program Cost Spring
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Reed College of Media Language of Instruction: English
Program Options: Faculty-Led, Spring Break Credits Earned: 3
Faculty Leader: Jaime Banks, Nicholas Bowman
Program Description:


Japan: iPOP International Pop Culture
Japan PopAs everyday communication and culture are increasingly influenced by global processes, it is remarkably important to understand the similarities and differences among various cultures. One key dimension of global communication is popular culture – the processes, practices, and artifacts that stabilize the meaning of mainstream human life. It is often easy to absorb pop culture without thinking critically about its content or consequences, and developing that critical thinking will be the aim of this course. This hybrid on-campus/Study Abroad course addresses cross-cultural considerations of popular culture and communication by combining traditional coursework activities (in-person and online readings, discussions, and writing) with on-site, personal experience with a non-U.S. culture. This Spring 2018 semester, we will be focusing on Japanese pop culture with a spring break trip to Tokyo, Japan.  From food and language to animation and robotics, we will consider how communication and popular media produce, break down, and reinforce culture, how culture contributes to national and cultural identities, how we recognize similarities and differences in other cultures, and how we may think more critically about the global community through the lens of the pop cultural phenomena it produces. To participate in this program, students must either be majoring in Communications or have passed COMM 122 with at C or better. Scholarships are available for Communication Majors.


City: Tokyo

Country: Japan

Population: 9.273 million

Information: Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city's many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).

Places of Interest:
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Shrine


COMM393X - International Pop Culture - 3 credits or
COMM693X - International Pop Culture - 3 credits


Jamie Banks
Nick Bowman


Program Cost: $3,800


WVU course credit
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance
Programmatic Academic Excursions

Billing for the programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Education Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU  Semester Tuition and Fees. Students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB.


Visa Required for US Citizens? Yes / No

Useful Links:
How to Apply for a US Passport
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Dates / Deadlines: