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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan
  • Program Terms: Mid-Semester Break 1
  • Restrictions: Only Study Overseas applicants may apply through GLAS
  • Budget Sheets: Mid-Semester Break 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Tour Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Required: 4.5
Number of Units' Credit: 03 Academic Level: Undergraduate
Study Tours: Governing Faculty: Faculty of Arts Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:


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This very popular Media study tour is a two-week intensive course run as a Mid-Semester 1 tour, 2020. 

Students will travel to Kyoto, Japan to examine media and popular culture in Japan through a mix of lectures, workshops, and excursions. Students gain a first-hand opportunity to experience the Japanese film and TV industries, as well as capturing insights into media production and Japanese culture more broadly.

This tour has been developed by Associate Professor Peter Pugsley from the School of Humanities' Department of Media in conjunction with the College of Image Arts and Sciences at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. In 2020, Peter will again accompany students to Japan to facilitate their learning.

Limited places are available and a competitive entry process will apply.

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This program runs from 13 April to 24 April, 2020.

The advertised dates of this program are indicative only and may be subject to change. The Faculty governing this study tour will confirm exact program dates once students have been selected for the program.

Classes begin at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto on Monday April 13 and finish on Friday April 24. Departure and return dates will be outside these dates.
There will be a compulsory academic and cultural briefing prior to departure on Thursday March 12 (time to be confirmed), and a compulsory pre-darture workshop on Thursday 02 April (time to be confirmed).

Program Fee
The Program Fee for this study tour is still to be finalised, but will be approximately AU$3,650.

This pricing is indicative only and subject to change. Final costs, and information on the cancellation and refund policy can be found when making payment on the Online Shop managed by your School.

Follow the link for the program fee cost breakdown.

Students must enrol into the following course MDIA 2335EX Japanese Media Cultures and the usual tuition fees do apply in addition to the study tour program fee listed above. 

Students will need to cover their own international airfare and any associated visa costs in addition to the above program cost.

Financial Assistance

Thanks to the New Colombo Plan, 8 eligible domestic students may receive up to AUD$3,000 to subsidise this program. Please visit the Study Overseas website for New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant Eligibility requirements. A selection process for the 8 available NCP mobility grants will occur following the close of applications for this program. Selected students will be advised of their status and will be required to submit an additional document in order to receive this targeted funding.

Students may also be eligible for up to AU$8,295 of funding from an OS-HELP loan.

Please review the Study Overseas website to check your eligibility to receive funding and how to apply.

Please note that there will be a limited number of OS-Help Loans available in 2020, and some applicants may not be eligible for an OS-Help Loan.

OS-HELP loans can only be processed once students have submitted their loan application forms and have met all eligibility requirements. Once processed, it can take 3-4 weeks for students to receive the funding.

Comprehensive travel insurance is provided free of charge by the University of Adelaide for students receiving credit for this program.

Eligibility and Selection

This program is open to second and third year Bachelor of Media, Bachelor of Music and Dip.Mus students who have successfully completed 6 units of Level 1 Media courses or equivalent, and hold a minimum GPA of 4.5.
Those students wishing to apply for OS-HELP must have completed at least 24 units which need to be recorded on their transcripts at the time of application and must have at least 3 units of study to complete on completion of this study tour.

The tour is limited to no more than 30 students. Selection for this tour will be made based on a combination of GPA and responses to the ‘About Me’ questionnaire within the GLAS application, and their ability to show  demonstrated leadership, community or teamwork skills.

  • The tour leader will shortlist applicants based on a combination of GPA and application responses.
  • The Faculty of Arts will conduct a degree check for each shortlisted student and approve the student for credit. This is an automatic internal process and students do not have to take any action for this to occur.
  • Those students wishing to apply must have at least 3 units of study to complete on completion of this study tour.
  • After the Faculty of Arts has completed the degree check, students will be notified of their application outcome by Study Overseas.
  • Students will be required to pay a AU$500 deposit within 14 days of their selection for this program.

Students should not enrol in the course code for this program - MDIA 2335EX - until selected for the program and approved by the Faculty of Arts.

* Meeting eligibility criteria does not guarantee you a place on the tour. Students may need to meet with the program selection committee for a short interview prior to selection.

Course Content

The Japanese film, television and popular culture industries are important players in the construction of the Japanese identity (Nihonjinron) both at home and abroad, and play a vital role in the economy of the country.

This course includes lecture and workshop activities (with English instruction) delivered by experienced staff at Ritsumeikan University supported by the University of Adelaide course coordinator. The course coordinator will be present during activities including a selection of relevant fieldwork activities to reinforce lecture and workshop materials and online tasks. Learning activities include a short answer test (a pre-departure task) and designated workshop and fieldwork activities such as individual and group presentations, and a photo essay and exegesis.

The Study Tour includes visits to key sites in media production in the region such as Toei Kyoto Film Studios and NHK Broadcasting Studios - Osaka, and relevant cultural and historical sites related to the development of Japan’s pop culture industries such as anime and manga, including the Kyoto International Manga Museum.


Academic Credit

All credit is decided and pre-approved by the Faculty of Arts. Once selected for this course, students must enrol in MDIA 2335EX Japanese Media Cultures.

Students selected for this program will receive:

  • 3 units of Media-approved electives.

Application and Deadlines
  • Check eligibility against criteria above.
  • Make application by clicking 'Apply Now' above.
  • Deadline for application submission: Saturday 29th February (applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and may close sooner than the deadline)
  • Students will be merit-selected for this program. Applications will be assessed on the following:
    • Applicant’s answers to the ‘About Me’ Questionnaire in their GLAS application
    • Applicant’s GPA
    • Relevant courses that the applicant has already completed (as specified on the applicant’s University transcript)
  • In addition to the application you may be required to meet with the program coordinator to deem suitability for the program. Students will be notified of their application outcome by mid-December.
  • If selected for the program, students must also submit a separate application for Ritsumeikan University.

Contact Information

For more information about the Japanese Media Cultures and Industries program, including academic and program content, please contact Associate Professor Peter C. Pugsley ( from the Department of Media.

For information about applications and administration, please contact Study Overseas.

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