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

Japan has endured countless earthquake and tsunami crisis over the centuries, yet found ways to regenerate a thriving culture and society. In March 2011, Japan experienced one of its worst disasters in history and continues to recover to this day. What can we learn from Japan? How are different sectors engaging in preparedness and recovery, and building resilience?

PA410/510, ECON410/510:

Learn from Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis


2019 Course Application is Here!

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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 the Tohoku (northeast) region of Japan where the 9.0M earthquake and tsunami struck in March 2011, also known as the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis.

Participants will learn:

  1. Gain in-depth knowledge from academic experts in Tokyo;
  2. Interact with representatives from the local government, nonprofit organizations and community organizations of Kesennuma and Ishinomaki cities, and;
  3. Engage with local community members to capture the forgotten stories of struggle and hope in the aftermath of the crisis.

Key Dates & Cost

Info Sessions (Optional)

Mandatory Pre-Trip Sessions

  • Session #1: Saturday, April 27th, 2019
  • Session #2: Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Trip Dates

  • June 22nd-29th, 2019
  • Must arrive in Sendai on the 22nd. 

Program Cost:


  • Program Fees (fixed):
    • $3,340 
    • Includes tuition, lodging, group transportation, international medical insurance, 
  • Personal Expenses (Not included in program fees):
    • Airfare & ground transportation to/from program location (Sendai City),
    • Meals and other personal expenses
  • Please see our FAQ page for more information on cost.

Who Can Register?

Course Credits

  • Economics Undergraduate: 4 cr (EC 410)
  • Economics Graduate: 4 cr (EC 510)
  • Public Administration Undergraduate: 4 cr (PA 410)
  • Public Administration Graduate: 3 cr (PA 510

Scholarship Information

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Reference Documents


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