Friday, January 29, 2010

New SE Asia Comparative Program

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN), in collaboration with Payap University, is pleased to announce a new semester program for Fall 2010 in Thailand and Cambodia. Offered through The Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Program at Payap University (Chiang Mai, Thailand), this South East Asia Comparative
(SEACS) Program will spend two months in Thailand and two months in Cambodia through a partnership with the University of Cambodia. Southeast Asia is one of the world's most diverse regions in the world culturally, ethnically, religiously, and linguistically. This program offers students the unique opportunity to explore Thailand and Cambodia from both historical and contemporary standpoints.

The program is a 16 credit experience. All instruction is provided by Payap University Faculty/Professors in Chiang Mai, Thailand and courses will be co-taught in Cambodia by University of Cambodia and Payap University professors. Final grades will appear on a Payap University transcript.

The first two months of the course are spent in Chiang Mai, the cultural heart of Thailand. Students will enroll in "Buddhism and Thai Society,"
"Sustainable Development, Environmental Justice, and Ethnic Minorities," and "Thai Language." During this time, students will have the unique opportunity to volunteer teach novice monks English or spend time at a local orphanage.
Students will also enjoy many opportunities for cultural integration on the campus of Payap University.

The group will head to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, for four weeks to continue studies. In Phnom Penh, students will study at the University of Cambodia and enroll in "Contemporary Cambodia: History and Society" and "Khmer Language." This portion of the semester focuses on Cambodia's recent history, including a focus on the Khmer Rouge. The final three weeks of the program are spent in Siem Reap, gateway to the remarkable ruins of Angkor Wat. While enrolled in "Hinduism and Khmer Civilization," students have the opportunity to explore the sprawling Angkor complex.

In Cambodia, the group will travel together and will be accompanied by University of Cambodia and Payap University professors, as well as a staff member from Payap University.

Each location involves a number of off-campus excursions and experiences.
Students live on-campus at Payap University and will live in off-campus apartments while in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Program Dates:
August 13, 2010 - December 11, 2010

For Fall 2010 the Program Fee is USD$10,400. But, to celebrate our 15th year of serving the international education community, The Education Abroad Network is offering USD$1,500 grants to all Fall 2010 participants on this program so the total cost is USD$8,900. This fee includes all accommodation, airport transfers, arrival orientation, all program-required ground transportation, academic credit, various excursions and tours, entrance fees to National Parks, cultural centers, etc. and 10 meals per week while Thailand. Students will incur additional costs for international airfare, personal spending, additional meals in Thailand, all meals within Cambodia and extra travel.

For further information visit our website

Monday, January 25, 2010


Pitt Alumni Association seeks applications for two graduate students awards:

Pitt Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship - $5,000

Minno Student Resource Award - $1,500.

Awards will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition account for Fall ‘10. Each is a one-time, merit-based award, open to both continuing students and those just entering graduate study in any of the University’s schools or colleges. Additionally, in order to be eligible to receive this scholarship, the student must have received his/her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Completed application and supporting material must be returned to the Alumni Center, Suite 140, Alumni Hall, no later than February 12 2010. Questions regarding either award should be directed to Laraine Hlatky at or by calling 412-624-5589.

MORE ON: Pitt Alumni Association Graduate Student Tuition Scholarship
This $5,000 scholarship is a one-time, merit based award open to both continuing grad students and those just entering graduate study in any of the University’s schools or colleges. The student must have received an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh; have a minimum 3.5 GPA (undergraduate and graduate); and submit a statement of personal and professional goals, three letters of recommendation (one from the department chair or dean), a resume (not to exceed two pages) and transcript of undergraduate work and any graduate courses to date (if applicable). Applications are available in room 140 Thackeray Hall. For more information contact Laraine Hlatky at or 412-624-5589.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 60-100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

Beginning in 2010, applications for Bridging Scholarships will be accepted once a year. Applications will next be accepted from students studying in Japan during academic year 2010-2011; the deadline for receipt of applications will be April 6, 2010.

Scholarship from Pitt's Women's Association

The University of Pittsburgh Women's Association is offering scholarships
of up to $3,000.00 for undergraduate students male or female on the
Oakland Campus.

Applicants must have at least a 2.5 QPA, are a sophomore, junior or senior
and have had an interruption of at least 3 years in their education.

Applications are due March 15th.

Contact: Jackie Cain, Women's Association Scholarship Chair

412 963-0518

Friday, January 22, 2010

Japanese Religion and Culture Study Abroad Seminar

The following from Western Michigan University will be of interest to those of you who want to study in Japan.

Japanese Religion and Culture Study Abroad Seminar Location:
Japan Summer Program Deadline: 2010-02-15
Date Submitted: 2010-01-18
Announcement ID: 173364

Western Michigan Universitys Department of Comparative Religion in cooperation with Taisho University in Tokyo has developed a unique summer study abroad program. The Japanese Religion and Culture Study Abroad Seminar (now in its fourth year) is open to students outside of WMU. It is focused on undergraduates but graduate students are welcome to attend. A description of the program together with student comments follows. If you or one of your students is interested in applying, please e-mail Dr. Stephen Covell ( or Eri Nishiyama ( as soon as possible. The application deadline is February 15th. Application information and program details can be found at*299 .

The program runs from May 24th to June 8th.Program Description: We begin our stay in the heart of Tokyo. For most of the program students are housed in the classic Japanese style rooms of the priests dorms at Zojoji, a centuries old temple located just under Tokyo Tower. Using Zojoji as our base, we travel each morning to Taisho University for lectures and cultural exchange with Japanese students. Next, we head out to visit the headquarters and training dojo of major new religious movements (including Rissho Koseikai, Kodo Kyodan and Mahikari), ancient temples, and Shinto shrines. We also work into the schedule visits to some of the most famous museums in Japan. Free days have optional trips to shopping districts and parks.The highlight of the trip is the three-day, two-night excursion to Nikko. The trip begins at Manganji, a training temple and pilgrimage site. Students learn about and have the opportunity to experience a variety of Buddhist practices including sitting meditation, image copying, and the goma fire ceremony. Before leaving Manganji, students hike to its waterfall for a rare chance at waterfall practice. The rest of the Nikko trip is spent enjoying a hot spring resort and touring the famous world heritage sites.

The program is led by Dr. Stephen Covell. Dr. Covell earned his Ph.D. in Japanese Religions from Princeton University and is currently the Mary Meader (Associate) Professor of Comparative Religion and Director of the Soga Japan Center at WMU. Dr. Covell has drawn on his experience and contacts in Japan to put together a behind the scenes tour of Japanese religious life. For pictures and comments from a past trip see

Student Comments:[This trip] forever influenced my understanding of the depths of religious nature, the ways in which history should be remembered and preserved, and the influences both of these elements can have on present-day culture.In just twelve days, I have learned more and been exposed to more Buddhism than is possible in a lifetime of reading and studying in the United States.Stephen G. Covell, Ph.D.Director, Michitoshi Soga Japan CenterMary Meader (Associate) Professor of Comparative ReligionDepartment of Comparative ReligionWestern Michigan University

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Undergraduate Asian Studies Conference

Below is information provided by Luding Tong for an undergraduate Asian Studies conference, Marietta College, April 15-17, 2010

Second Call for Papers: "Fourth Undergraduate Asian Studies Symposium" at

Marietta College, April 15-17, 2010

As part of the celebration of Marietta College's 175th anniversary, the

Asian Studies Program, in collaboration with The McDonough Center for

Leadership and Business, has organized a Fourth Asian Studies Symposium

for undergraduate students to share their scholarly interests in Asia and

present their research results in a supportive environment. The symposium

will be held at the college Thursday through Saturday, April 15-17, 2010.

The conference invites proposals for panels and papers from a wide variety

of academic disciplines. All proposals germane to Central, South,

Southeast, and East Asia are welcome.

Deadline for proposals: *March 1, 2010*

Send a one-page abstract of the paper or panel proposal to:

Luding Tong, Ph.D.

Director, Asian Studies Program

Chair, Department of Modern Languages

Marietta College

215 Fifth Street

Marietta, OH 45750

Or, submit an electronic copy of the abstract to:

Those who submit proposals will be notified within two weeks of submission

whether their proposals have been accepted. Complete papers of accepted

proposals received by *April 1, 2010,* will be entered automatically in

the conference /Best Paper Award/ competition. Registration is required

for the competition. Conference proceedings will be published on CD in May

2010. The conference program will be posted on the conference web site by

*March 15, 2010*.

For details on how to submit a proposal, on registration, and other

information about the symposium, visit

Contact Dr. Luding Tong at (740) 376-4640 or by

email with any



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