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ASU: Visualization and Simulation of Technology in Japan
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Summer
Areas of Study:
Program Type:
Faculty Directed
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
Internships Available:
Graduate Courses Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Ilana Waldman
College Sponsor:
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Department/School Sponsor:
School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


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 11 - May 27, 2018
  • 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.


Students will enroll in FSE 394 Visualization and Simulation of Technologies 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.

Click here  for a working copy of the syllabus (*note: subject to change)

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 Flexstay Inn Iidabashi, 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. 


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.



Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2018 is $3,475.

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
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 05/11/2018 05/27/2018

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.