To apply for the Understanding Urban Japan field research trip two forms must be completed on-line (Understanding Japan – Application, Understanding Japan – Terms and Conditions)

As part of the on-line application students are required to have a clear indication of their planned research project area and upload it before joining the programme.

Research topics should align with academic interests and future career goals. Potential topic areas could be: art, people, urban planning, infrastructure or engineering and consider the evolving urban landscape of Tokyo or business in Japan. 

The project will be developed in coordination with academics at Victoria University of Wellington throughout a three day orientation period in Auckland prior to departure. The project must be able to be completed with two days of research once in Japan.

Preparation for Japan

An online introduction to Japanese society and culture, with a focus on life in cities, and training in basic aspects of qualitative data gathering and recording, is available in preparation for Japan.

Field research in Japan

While in Japan for a one week field research trip, students will be exposed to the developing Olympic infrastructure, meet with senior officials with regards to planning for the Rugby World Cup, and visit museums and creative art exhibitions. They will also have two days to be filled with planned research activities to complete their individual projects.

Final report

Following their return to New Zealand, students will complete reports on their experiences and findings in Tokyo.

Associated costs

All domestic and international flights, accommodation, visa and insurance associated costs are covered.

Participants must be available for the Orientation and travel (10 - 21 December).

Applications are now closed.


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