International Field Experience: Learn from Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis

PA410/510, ECON410/510:

Learn from Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis

The Spring 2018 application is now open!

Please contact Josh Metzler at
to stay in the loop for next year's program.


Download the draft course flyer here

See photos from the 2017 trip!

Course Description

This course focuses on issues related to emergency/disaster management, disaster preparedness, and community redevelopment and resilience. For that purpose, the main part of this course will be a mandatory trip to visit the disaster-stricken areas in the Tohoku region, Japan where the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami happened in March 2011. 

Participants will learn:

  1. Gain in-depth knowledge from academic professionals at Kyorin University in a 2-day session;
  2. Interact with public officials, nonprofits, and community organizations of Kesennuma and Ishinomaki cities, and;
  3. Engage in dialogue with locals to capture the forgotten stories of struggle and hope in the aftermath of the crisis.

Key Dates & Cost

Info Sessions:

  • Info sessions have completed. If you have any questions, please reach out to Josh Metzler at or 503-725-5190

Pre-Trip Sessions: Saturday, April 28th and May 26th, 2018 

Trip to Japan: June 23nd-30th, 2018 / Must arrive in Sendai on the 23rd. 

Program Cost: Approximately $3,200 per person

  • Tuition & Program fees (PSU credit, accommodation in Tohoku, aravel insurance)
  • Please see our FAQ page for additional personal expenses.

Who Can Register?

Course Credits

  • Economics Undergraduate and Graduate: 4 credits
  • Public Administration Undergraduate: 4 credits
  • Public Administration Graduate: 3 credits

Scholarship Information

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Please cntact the Office of International Affairs ( if you have any questions regarding scholarships and other funding options, or visit

Reference Documents


Please contact the Office of International Affairs ( for questions related to study abroad requirements. Or see our FAQ page for more details about the course.