Nagasaki Summer Anthropological Field School

From one of the most cosmopolitan cities of Japan to the rural Japanese countryside, this program offers a rare opportunity for students to immerse themselves in studying the lives of rural Japanese citizens, from development and aging population challenges, to contemporary religion, to the changing diet of Japan and its impacts on rural farming commmunities.

In 2019, Nagasaki University's Japan Anthropological Field School will conduct fieldwork in two villages: Shitsu in Sotome and Yukino-ura in Saikai. The program focuses on 3 pillars - engaging with the local community, learning from local history and experience, and immersion in holistic rural life and organic farming communities.

Key information


Nagasaki, Japan





Program type


Application information

Application status


Summer 2020 applications


University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 2021 applications

Open Fall 2020

Program details

The field school, consisting of lectures, workshops, field research and community engagement, provides students with an opportunity to carry out ethnographic study on contemporary Japanese rural life. The field school will be directed by a number of esteemed anthropologists. Part of the lecture will be taught by an honourary guest and art historian from the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in Portugal, who specializes in the art history of sixteenth century Nagasaki. 

The course consists of studies in:

  • International Public Policy: Political Circumstances that Led to the Uses of Atomic Bombs; Nuclear Disarmament Logic.
  • Cultural Anthropology: An Ethnographic Approach to a Local Community in Japan; Integration of Chinese Culture in Nagasaki.
  • Japanese Culture: Christianity in Japan; Diversity of Religions in Japan.
  • Linguistics: Communication with Japanese People; How Intercultural Contact in Nagasaki Affected the Japanese Language.

The field school is worth 4 Japanese university credits (one 3-unit UCalgary course). 

June 29 - July 17, 2020 (3 weeks). 

The course starts at Nagasaki University Bunkyo Campus (Nagasaki, Japan) and travels to several field sites including Yukino-ura in Saikai and Shitsu Village in Sotome.



Exchange students pay their tuition for one UCalgary course and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

The total cost of accommodation for the 3-week program (23 days from June 30 to July 22, 2019) is estimated to be around US$ 600.

Also, remember to include things like the tourist visa, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?   
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Accommodation will be arranged by Nagasaki University.

In Nagasaki City, students will be staying at Hotel Siebold, located near the university (double-occupancy).

While at field sites, students will be staying at a local guesthouse called Moritaya.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students at the University of Calgary who have completed at least 2 full years (20 courses) at the post-secondary level before departure, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

The field school is designed for students in Anthropology, Development Studies, Japanese majors/minors, History, Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, and East Asian Studies students. However, students from all departments/faculties with an interest in these areas are welcome to apply.

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Not due by the deadline, but you will need an ID photo (passport ID photo style) shortly following the deadline that measures 4cm tall by 3cm wide, against white background, in colour, taken within 3 months, with no hat/cap on. You will also need to have a passport ready that is valid for 6 months after the program ends. 

Visa Information: Japanese citizens/students with a Japanese passport are not eligible for this exchange partner. 

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Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.