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  • Locations: Hiroshima, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Program Length: Short-Term Faculty-Led
Housing: Hotel Academic Courses: BIO, BIO w/LAB, HON
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Office Location: Study Abroad Office JAAC 1009
Program Fee: $6750
Program Description:

Belmont in Japan




This biology program, in June 2020, will give students a unique opportunity to study the many links between Japanese culture and the environment and how they directly influence cancer incidence and overall human health.  Through our time in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (both regions impacted by nuclear radiation in the wake of World War II bombings), students will learn about the devastating effects of radiation exposure and how these led to prolonged increases in cancer incidence and additional health concerns in survivors. In addition, as we spend time in some of Japan’s largest cities, Kyoto and Tokyo, students will experience the rich culture of Japan and learn how many cultural traditions and behaviors, including diet, impact human health in these regions. Students will benefit from presentations from multiple scientists working at some of Japan’s top research institutions.  Finally, we will consider comparisons of health risk between Japanese and Western societies. While there will be dedicated time for visits and learning throughout the trip, students will also have many opportunities for independent exploration in each of the cities visited.

Please review program dates (this program will have classes in Nashville prior to departure). Please make necessary arrangements for your time in Nashville.​

  • Visits to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Tokyo
  • Peace Memorial Park and Museum
  • Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
  • Cultural sites in all cities across the trip
  • Multiple independent times for students to explore all cities 


All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the BELL Core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in Japan. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
  • BIO 1950: Biological Science: The Biology of Cancer and Human Health in Japan (satisfies BELL Core Science) (LAB Science) (4 hrs.)
  • HON 2950: Analytics, Science Models (4 hrs.) (approved for HON 2310)
  • BIO 3950: The Biology of Cancer and Human Health in Japan (Pre-requisite is BIO 2330: Genetics, with a grade of C- or higher) (Major-level course for Biology and BMB Major ) (3 hrs.)

June 1-4: Pre-Travel classes/labs in Nashville


ENG 3950: (equivalent to ENG 3010): Third Year Writing (satisfies BELL Core requirement) 
REL 3950: (equivalent to REL 3050): Religion Jr. Cornerstone (satisfies BELL Core requirement)
INB 3950: (equivalent to INB 3300): (satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business)


1. Program Fee: $6,750: This fee will include airfare from/to Nashville, room and board (breakfast included for all dates), a single group dinner at each city visited, all local excursions, all transportation in
Japan, and student health insurance.

Costs not covered by the program fee include: Course texts/supplies, some meals during the trip, and personal expenses. 

2. Belmont Tuition
Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal Maymester tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.  

Program Deposit: $500 due at time of acceptance 


Faculty-Led Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date. 
  • Spring Break Programs: November 15
  • Maymester Programs: February 1
  • Summer Programs: February 15 

How to Apply
1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply. 
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in. 
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application. 


Chris Barton  
Department of Biology
chris.barton@belmont.eduJAAC 3016

Jennifer Thomas      
Department of Biology
jennifer.thomas@belmont.eduJAAC 3012


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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