Thank you for your interest in this program. It will not be offered in summer 2018,
but information will be available here when available about the next anticipated offering.
Apparel, Cultural, and Creative Industries in Taiwan and Japan
Japan has been a leader in the international apparel and fashion industries with their innovative technologies, unique brands, and guest-centered retail experiences. Taiwan, which was once a global major textile and garment exporter, has moved beyond fabric/garment manufacturing and developed their unique apparel, cultural and creative industries nurtured by their multi-faceted cultural backgrounds. Both countries has their unique positions in the global apparel and fashion industries. To study the dynamic of cultural, apparel, and the retail businesses in Japan and Taiwan, you will travel during May 2018 (AESHM 381) to Taipei, Taiwan and Tokyo, Japan and visit retailers, design/product development firms, museums, universities, and cultural points of interest. You will participate in workshops provided by the Bunka Gakuen University at Tokyo, Japan, visit classes in FuJen Catholic University in Taiwan, and interact with local students.
By the end of the program, you will be able to:
Describe the history and culture in Japan and Taiwan
Appreciate and compare Japanese and Taiwanese cultures and the consumer within cultural contexts.
Examine and evaluate current state of the apparel industries in East Asia.
Analyze the issues related to the apparel, cultural and creative businesses.
Communicate professionally in the inter-cultural and/or multicultural contexts.
You will be enrolled in AESHM 281 (1 credit), the required ISU pre-departure orientation course for this study abroad program. You will also be enrolled in AESHM 381N (2 credits), the required ISU class for the travel component of this study abroad program.
2018 Program Highlights
Round-trip travel to Taiwan and Japan
Stay in Taipei, the vibrant capital of Taiwan. At a low cost, you can try delicious Taiwanese street food at the famous night markets and travel up Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan. You will also be visiting Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, along with Huashuan Creative Park. Both are popular areas highlighting crafts and artists from the area.
Visit, learn at, and meet apparel students from Fu Jen Catholic University, Iowa State University's partner in Taipei
Travel to Takoro National Park, a few hours away from Taipei to see the landscape of Taiwan and learn more about its culture
Attend workshops in Tokyo at Bunka Gakuin, a college known for its costume museum and apparel classes right in the heart of Shinjuku
Opportunities to see various aspects of Japanese culture, from temples to Hello Kitty
Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection
Participants must meet the following requirements:
At least 18 years of age
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
Be an undergraduate or graduate studenty in Apparel, Merchandising and Design
Successful completion of AMD 275 (or equivalent as determined by instructor) by start of program
Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:
Two letters of reference from ISU faculty members, one being from the student's home program
Essay of 500-750 words covering: a) What interests you about the program b) what do you hope to gain from this study abroad experiences and c) what qualities do you have that make you a good part of the student group going and a global citizen
The College of Human Sciences may check a participant's current GPA at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA may affect participation in an international program.
Costs and Financial Assistance
This program has costs that will appear on your U-bill and costs that you will pay for out-of-pocket, and the budget sheet linked below outlines more information about the expected costs. Please note that ISU budget sheets are estimates and costs may vary. However, it should give you a good idea of how much you would spend to participate in this program. Other links below provide resources to help you find scholarships and other aid to pay for participating in the program.
If you are a first time traveler in CHS you can find information here about CHS's Passport Reimbursement program.
All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:
The application deadline for the program is December 18, 2017. You will be notified soon after the deadline if you have been accepted to participate. You will have a week and a half to decide if you will commit to the program, a specific commitment date will be in your acceptance letter. If you commit to your offer, you are officially part of the program, and you will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If you withdraw, you will be responsible for all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf. Charges will be applied to your U-bill.
Contact and Additional Information
Questions about the program and academics should be directed to Program Director Telin (Doreen) Chung, email@example.com. Questions about the application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or in 131 MacKay Hall.
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