Programs for Japanese Students

The Japan-America Society of Georgia designs  and implements short-term programs for Japanese college students. By coordinating with Japanese universities, programs are designed to fit the needs and requests of the universities and students. Programs are theme-based so that students learn about a specific topic and visit venues related to that topic. Survival ESL is part of the program but not the focus of the program. Depending on the content of the program, housing can be either in hotels or in host families. For example, if programs have a significant number of activities at night, staying in a hotel is preferred over staying with a host family, but if the schedule is the same every day, host families are possible. Credits are determined by the home institution in Japan. The schedules for two of our most popular programs are below. The university in Japan with whom we partner has determined that the combination of pre-departure activities, the content in Atlanta, and the post-program activities back in Japan are worth 4 credits. 

Why Atlanta?

Atlanta is the capital of the U.S. state of Georgia, with an estimated 2017 metropolitan population of 5,885,000 people, making it the 9th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Established in 1837 at the intersection of two railroad lines, the city rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become a national center of commerce. Atlanta was the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. Today visitors can tour his home and celebrate his legacy at the Martin Luther King National Historical Park. In the decades following the Civil Rights Movement, the city earned a reputation as 'too busy to hate' for the progressive views of its citizens and leaders. Atlanta is the primary transportation hub of the Southeastern United States, via highway, railroad, and air, with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport since 1998.

Atlanta's diverse economy ranks 15th among world cities and 6th in the U.S. with dominant sectors including logistics, professional and business services, media operations, manufacturing, and information technology. Japan has 530 facilities in Georgia, more than any other country, and employs approximately 36,000 people, more than any other country. Much of Georgia's economic miracle dates from 1996 when Atlanta hosted the summer Olympics.

Tourist attractions in and around Atlanta include: the Aquarium, the largest in the U.S. and the fourth largest in the world; the Atlanta Zoo; CNN Studios; the World of Coke; the Center for Civil and Human Rights; the Martin Luther King Jr birthplace and national park; Stone Mountain; College Football Hall of Fame. And shopping at Lenox Mall and Phipps Mall can't be beat!

Below are schedules for two of our more popular programs. 

Sample Sports Business Program Schedule

 Day 1 Arrival in Atlanta, Orientation and Welcome Reception
 Day 2 Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia; Georgia Department of Economic Development

 Day 3

 Sports in the US Lecture; ESL 1; NFL Lecture; Tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium (home of NFL Atlanta Falcons); Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins NFL Game
 Day 4 Atlanta History Center Tour; National Soccer League Lecture; Atlanta Silverbacks Park Tour; Atlanta Silverbacks vs. New York Cosmos Soccer Game
 Day 5 Free Time; Class A Baseball Lecture; State  Mutual Stadium; Rome Braves vs Charleston River Dogs Class A Baseball Game
 Day 6 ESL; Collegiate Sports Lecture; Georgia Tech Tour; Personal Training & Fitness Center Lecture and Tour
 Day 7 ESL; Falcons Cheerleaders Visit; Japanese lunch; Georgia State University Tour; Sports Business & Media Lecture; Hotel Barbecue
 Day 8 ESL; Atlanta Olympics Lecture; Sports Media at TNT Sports; Major League Atlanta Braves vs Dodgers Game
 Day 9 Hockey League Lecture; Gwinnette Stadium Tour; Sports Hospitality Lecture; Class AAA Baseball Lecture; Cool Ray Stadium; Gwinnette Braves vs. Pawtucket Red Sox
 Day 10 ESL;NBA Lecture; Phipps Arena Tour; CNN Studio Tour; Sports Retail Lecture; WNBA Atlanta Area vs Tulsa Shock Game
 Day 11 Free Time; Sun Trust Park Tour; Atlanta Braves Batting Practice; Atlanta Braves vs. Oakland Athletics
 Day 12 Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site; Free Time
 Day 13 ESL; Recreation and Community Sports Lecture; Program Review Session and Farewell Reception
 Day 14 Departure from Atlanta

Sample Global Business Program Schedule

 Day 1 Arrival in Atlanta, Orientation and Welcome Reception
 Day 2 Global Banking Lecture (Japanese Bank; Georgia Department of Economic Development; Japanese Consulate
 Day 3 Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO); Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia; Georgia Institute of Technology Campus Tour; Georgia ntitute of Technology MBA Global Business Lecture
 Day 4 ESL; UPS International Headquarters & Global Distribution Center; Nippon Express USA
 Day 5 ESL; YKK
 Day 6 Georgia Aquarium; World of Coke; CNN
 Day 7 Martin Luther King National Historic Site; Free Time
 Day 8 ESL; Coca-Cola Global Headquarters
 Day 10 USA; Georgia State University Campus Tour; Georgia State University College of Business Lecture
 Day 11 Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation; Hall County Chamber of Commerce; American Yaaki Corporation
 Day 12 ESL; Atlanta Braves Museum, Hall of Fame; Sun Trust Park Tour
 Day 13 High Museum of Art; Zoo Atlanta; Civil Rights Museum; Farewell Reception
 Day 14Departure from Atlanta

The Japan-America Society of Georgia, Inc.

is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote

mutual understanding between the people of Japan

 and the state of Georgia 


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