Program Manager
Frequently Asked Questions


Host Institution

Tokyo, Japan

June 5 – July 14, 2023


This seminar, taught at University of Tokyo, with students from Princeton and the University of Tokyo, focuses on developing an understanding of contemporary Japanese and Chinese societies — their histories, cultures, politics and economies — through lectures, readings, discussions, and tours in Japan and Hong Kong. Excursions include and overnight trip to rural Japan to examine the role of population aging and rural depopulation on peripheral regions and a three-day trip to Hong Kong to experience a rapidly changing Chinese cultural setting.

Financial Information


Tuition: $3,500

Room and Board*: $2,750

Personal Expenses and Travel: $2,350

Total Seminar Cost: $8,600

  • Tuition: Instructional costs
  • Room and Board: Housing at the Hotel Kizankan, Tokyo, and most meals. (*The actual cost of room and board is subsidized for all students through the Global Seminars endowment.)
  • Personal Expenses and Travel: Airfare (estimated at $2,000) and airport ground transportation, meals not included in fee, laundry, essential toiletries, OTC medications, optional local cultural activities, optional entertainment, and local phone costs

Financial Aid

Students who receive term financial aid automatically receive funding from PIIRS toward the cost of a Global Seminar. Contact the seminar administrator for details on these awards.

Possibilities for additional financial support may be available through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). Princeton subsidized Student Loans, available from the Office of Financial Aid, are also highly recommended. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Withdrawal Policy

Withdrawing from a PIIRS Global Seminar after accepting a place may incur a cancellation fee. Policy details can be found under the Withdrawal Policy tab. Read them carefully, noting, in particular, the important dates as well as academic and financial consequences.

This seminar is generously supported by the Drs. Charles C. and Maria S. Yu P83 Global SeminarFund. PIIRS Global Seminars are also made possible in part by the generous contributions of alumni and friends and ongoing efforts of the Office of Development.