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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


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   Quick Facts

  • Program dates: July 20- August 10, 2020 
  • Earn 3 credits
  • Cover the Olympics in Tokyo for Cronkite News in the following areas: video content, writing stories, shooting photos, creating multimedia content, social media/website engagement. 
  • To help report on the Olympics, students will have access to a media center, translation assistance, and a transit pass to take the train to the various Olympic sites. 
  • Will include cultural excursions to understand Japanese culture like sushi-making, a sumo wrestling match, tea ceremony, walking tours of Tokyo's vibrant neighborhoods, and the view from Tokyo Skytree!
  • Celebrate with an Opening Ceremony viewing party!
  • Limited Spaces!

   Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


      Tokyo Map
Olympic Sites for Tokyo 2020



Location Details



Japan’s capital is a city of contrasts. Shrines and gardens are pockets of calm between famously crowded streets and soaring office buildings. Mom-and-pop noodle houses share street space with Western-style chain restaurants and exquisite fine dining. Shopping yields lovely folk arts as well as the newest electronics. And nightlife kicks off with karaoke and continues with techno clubs and more. Whether you seek the traditional or the cutting edge, Tokyo will provide it.

Tokyo plays host to the summer 2020 Olympic Games, where 206 countries are expected, to be represented by as many as 11,000 athletes.Tokyo is the only city in Asia to host the Olympics twice, the last time in 1964. 


Visa Information

U.S. citizens who will take part in media activity NOT FOR PROFIT will not need a special visa to enter Japan.  Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or the program’s partner, however it is each student’s responsibility to research and obtain a visa; failure to obtain a visa will result in your inability to participate on the program but you will still be subject to the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication majors with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Applicants will be evaluated and need to present work samples and references with their applications. We will be looking for candidates who excelled in at least one of the following areas: producing video content, writing stories, shooting photos, creating multimedia content, social media engagement and website production.

This is a competitive program, and a limited number of applicants will be accepted.


Students will enroll in 3 credits: 

JMC 494/MCO 570: Covering the Tokyo Olympics

Students will be required to attend multiple pre-program orientations during the Spring term to receive information and training particular to their reporting assignments. 

JMC 494/MCO 570 will require summer assignments and some online work prior to the program. 


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Faculty Directors

Brett Kurland
Professor of Practice,
Director – Cronkite News, Phoenix Sports Bureau
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Paola Dieffenbach
Professor of Practice,

Rian Bosse
Doctoral Candidate

Brett Kurland



bed area
Example of a hostel bed area

common area
A hostel media area

Locker storage

Small hostel common area for meals and socializing

Program Housing

Students will be lodged in shared accommodations in a spacious hostel with easy access to the Tokyo metro area and Olympic zones. Rooms will have up to six students, with private bed area and lockable storage. Bathroom facilities will be shared in each room, and unlimited Wi-Fi access is included with common areas to complete assignments and socialize.  


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.The Covering the Tokyo Olympics Program will required a large amount of walking each day, and regular use of public transportation. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Japan, older buildings are not likely to have been retrofitted for accessibility. At major train stations, airports, and hotels, travelers with disabilities should encounter few accessibility problems, although many smaller stations are inaccessible to those who cannot climb stairs.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.  

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in Japan, the population is ethnically homogenous, so some students may experience more attention, comments, and questions, both positive and negative.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $7,695.

Program Fee includes: tuition for 3 ASU credits, program housing, some meals, local transportation for program activities, course-related field trips, and health insurance.
Not included: international airfare, most meals, passport, books, visas if required and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.