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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


Tokyo Skyline

This program is designed to expose engineering students to different aspects of technology and industry development in Japan. Each student will be asked to find a problem related to his/her specific engineering domain and implement a computational tool to visualize the problem and simulate solutions.  Students will learn the basic knowledge and skills to develop the tool as a Serious Game, which can be played by those who want to study the engineering domain. 

Quick Facts

  • Program dates: May 15 - May 31, 2020
  • Visit technology-based companies and local universities
  • Lectures from local faculty and interaction with local engineering students
  • Cultural activies during weekends and some week days
  • Open to all Fulton Schools of Engineering students and students completing the Computer Gaming Certificate with 2.5 GPA
  • Earn 3 credits


Group 1


Location Details

This program will take place at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. As the largest city in Japan and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, Tokyo is known for its technological advances and bustling engineering industry.

Students will be able to visit industry and technological development sites in Tokyo. Activities planned to date include:

Students will also have the chance to engage with local Japanese students to foster connections and future international research.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of 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

All disciplines of Fulton Engineering students are eligible, as well as students completing the Computer Gaming Certificate.  Students must have a 2.5 GPA (exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis, please contact faculty director).  Students must have completed CSE 100, CSE 110, CST 100 or a high school course teaching the basic concepts of control flows, including conditional ("if") statements, loops, functions (procedures/methods), and arrays (exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis, please contact faculty director).


Students will enroll in FSE 394 Visualization and Simulation of Technology in Japan (3 credits) and will cover topics such as:

  • How the practice of engineering differs around the world
  • Basic serious game development to visualize the engineering data and simulate the solutions
  • Awareness of national and international standards
  • Different uses for technology in different cultures
  • The importance of communicating your ideas effectively in a global context

Each student is asked to find a problem related to his/her specific engineering domain and implement a computational tool to visualize the problem and simulate the solutions. Students will also learn the basic knowledge and skills to develop the tool as a Serious Game, which can be played by those who want to study the engineering domain. Students will experience how professional engineers engage in the global industry today. Students will be able to learn Japanese culture and to interact with local people.

This is a lecture course with active learning encouraged. Each lecture will be followed by a field trip to learn how the lecture topics are applied in the real society. There will be several visits to high-tech companies and research institutions to learn their technologies and engineering applications. The course will develop a progressive global engineering foundation by focusing on main topics. Each student is asked to bring a laptop PC/Mac, with wireless internet access.


Tokyo Sights

Group 3



Faculty Director

Dr. Yoshihiro Kobayashi
School of Computing, Informatics, & Decision Systems Engineering
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
BYENG #M1-39

Teaching Assistant

Kazuaki Kashihara
Graduate Teaching Associate (PhD candidate, SCIDSE)

Group 2



Program Housing

Students and faculty will reside together close to Waseda University’s campus. Students will be able to prepare their own breakfasts in their rooms, and will need to provide their own meals. Accommodation will not have full kitchen facilities. Linens will be provided. 

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.

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 $3,495.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 3 credit hours, housing in hotel double rooms, excursions to local businesses, public transportation for travel to and from classes, entrances to museums, and health insurance.  Not included: Airfare to and from Japan, most meals, passport, independent travel, 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.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/15/2020
Rolling Admission 05/15/2020 05/31/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.