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  • Locations: Kobe, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/24/2021
03/10/2021 06/01/2021 06/17/2021

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Sarina Molina Disciplines and Core Offered: Learning and Teaching, School of Leadership and Education Sciences Graduate
Program Advisor: Lindsay Allen - Program Type: Graduate- SOLES
Program Description:

Kobe Japan
Location Course Professor Program  Class Sessions
Kobe, Japan EDUC 504i: Introduction to International & Comparative Education  Dr. Sarina Molina   This course will be delivered online. We will not be traveling abroad this summer.  
June 1-17

Course Description

EDUC 504i: Introduction to International & Comparative Education (3 units)

In this course, candidates will critically analyze and discuss research and contemporary issues around comparative education using different units of analysis such as place, culture, time, policies, value, curricula, and systems. Noah (1985), states that comparative education has four purposes: (1) to describe educational systems, processes, or outcomes; (2) to assist in the development of educational institutions and practices; (3) to highlight the relationships between education and society; and (4) to establish generalized statements about education that are valid in more than one country. Through the exploration of these frames of comparison that takes into consideration systemic, philosophical, historical, methodological, and theoretical frames, candidates will be better equipped to consider issues around comparative education as they analyze the Japanese model of education in comparison to other models.

This course also provides a historical and contemporary analysis of international education, particularly international schools. In particular, this course will utilize the units of analysis from the comparative education lens to analyze the current issues surrounding the rapid growth in international schools and the variations observed in purpose, style, organization, curriculum (eg. IB), and response to global and national demand. Future directions of development will also be considered. In this global studies course, candidates will visit three international schools in Kobe and Osaka, Japan, including Marist Brothers International School, Canadian Academy, and Osaka International School. In each of these locations, candidates will have the opportunity to observe classrooms in session and engage in seminars around purpose and approach to international education. In addition, candidates will have the opportunity to engage in the following local excursions: 1) Japanese Shinto Shrine (Ikuta Jinja) visit established in the 3 rd century; 2) Buddhist (Todaiji) temple and deer park visit in Nara established in the 6 th century; 3) Local trail hike to observe Japanese aesthetics in nature; 4) Earthquake Museum visit that documents through experiential exhibits the impact of the single most devastating earthquake in this region; and 5) Nunobiki ropeway herb garden visit. Candidates will also have some free time to explore the city on their own. Through engaging in these learning and immersion activities, candidates will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Japanese education, history, literature, culture, spirituality, language and customs and reflect on their own lived experiences through the “sphere of inter-culturality.”

Program Costs

Tuition (reduced tuition rate of $850 per unit).      $2,550.  

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for this program is at the reduced SOLES Global tuition rate of $850/unit.

  2. WITHDRAWAL/REFUND POLICY.  If at any point after enrolling in the program you decide that you wish to cancel your participation, you must submit written notification to the Global Center <>. A simple email will suffice. The information on the cancellation policy can be found here: SOLES Cancellation Policy-Global Study Summer 2021


The application window for the program is from Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 12:00PM to Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11:59PM. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 10, 2021.  Further information will be provided to accepted students.  If you have already opened an online application, continue working on it by visiting the direct login page.

Additional Questions

Assistant Director | SOLES Global Center
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall room 129
Phone: (619) 260-5901

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)