Passport to Global Citizenship Program
For First-Year Students: Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima, Japan


This is a non-credit cultural enrichment program.


First-year standing


There are no scholarships available for this non-credit program.

The Passport to Global Citizenship program offers CCSU students the opportunity to participate in a non-credit, cultural enrichment experience.  The program is designed to introduce students to East Asian culture, while strengthening knowledge of world geography, encouraging curiosity and openness toward new opportunities and ideas, and promoting critical thinking.  The program reinforces the University's commitment to international education and goal of providing all CCSU students with an international education prior to graduation.

In this program, students will visit two ancient capital cities, Kyoto and Nara, and a city of peace, Hiroshima.

The Heian period (794-1185), which was named after the capital city of Heian (present-day Kyoto), was a time of Japan’s unique cultural development. Many Japanese culture characteristics continue to thrive in Kyoto. Kyoto is often called “Japan’s heartland.” To have a deep understanding of Japanese culture, you must experience of Kyoto. Students will visit several UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto including Kiyomizu temple, Rōan-ji temple, famous for its rock garden, Nijo castle, and Kinkaku-ji temple. Students will also experience the arts of the Japanese tea ceremony and Zen Buddhism meditation. Kyoto, an ancient city with a rich cultural heritage, is also a vibrant and modern city. In Kyoto, the old and the new co-exist in perfect harmony. Nara, located south of Kyoto, had been the Japanese capital until the capital was moved to Kyoto in 794. During the Nara period (710-794) there was the permanent establishment of Buddhism. Students will feel the enormous power of Buddhism during this period by visiting the Tōdai-ji temple complex. The Great Buddha Hall in this complex houses the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha.

A two-hour “bullet-train” (known as Shinkansen) ride will take students to the City of Peace, Hiroshima. Hiroshima is the first city targeted by a nuclear weapon near the end of the World War II in 1945. Students will visit the Hiroshima peace memorial park and the Hiroshima peace memorial museum. Listing to Hiroshima survivor’s testimonial will be incredibly valuable lifetime experience. The City of Hiroshima was proclaimed a city of peace by the Japanese parliament in 1949. The city has been hosting annual national and international conferences on world peace since then. The city government continues to advocate the abolition of all nuclear weapons. United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has many offices in the world, and there is one in Hiroshima. Visiting the UNITAR office in Hiroshima will be a valuable experience to learn more about peace-building activities.   Students will conclude this 2014 Passport to Global Citizenship program in Japan by having an excursion to another UNESCO World Heritage site on the outskirts of Hiroshima, Miyajima island, home of a beautiful Itukushima shrine with its famous floating torii gate

This program promises to be a thought-provoking and life-changing experience.


Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, multiple-occupancy accommodations, some meals, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.   

Registration Form


$1,595 per person for matriculated CCSU students

Travel Dates

March 14 - 22, 2014

Program Directors

Prof. Shizuko Tomoda
Modern Languages Department
(860) 832-2892;

Scott Hazan

Director, Student Activities and Leadership Development
(860) 832-1992;

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