HHS 350 – Japan

Want to visit the island of Japan and see its neon-lit skyscrapers, anime shops, beautiful cherry trees, and the Imperial Palace? Apply in the Japan section of HHS 350 and experience it firsthand! HHS 350, Japan section, is a 3-unit course that fulfills the CHHS International Experience Requirement, SDSU GE Explorations Area B (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Cultural Diversity, and includes a 9-day instructor-led international experience in Tokyo and Sano, Japan

Lectures from SDSU faculty during the ONLINE course will include the following topics:

  • historical aspects of international health and human services
  • economic development and health and social science
  • nutrition in a developing country
  • globalization, health, and HIV/AIDS


  • ONLINE course in the Fall 2019 semester
  • Students who have been accepted must attend 2 mandatory, in-person, pre-departure meetings on the SDSU campus: 
    • Friday, March 8, 2019; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Friday, May 3, 2019; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • 9-day instructor-led international field experience: 
    • Friday, May 31, 2019 – Saturday, June 8, 2019

Field Experience

9-day instructor-led field experience in Japan (Please note: major-specific program offerings will be dependent on the students that apply):

DRAFT Itinerary – Summer 2019 – HHS 350 Japan (All Majors Track)

DRAFT Itinerary – Summer 2019 – HHS 350 Japan (ENS Track)

Armin Ronaghy, HHS 350 Japan 2017: Youtube video of his HHS 350 experience abroad

Housing & Meals

  • Tokyo & Sano: Centrally located twin occupancy hotel (2 students of same gender per room, separate beds)
  • Meals: Breakfast, group welcome and farewell meal, plus some additional meals


HHS 350 Fall 2019: 3 units of SDSU resident credit.  This course satisfies SDSU’s GE Explorations Area B (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Cultural Diversity and CHHS International Experience requirements. ONLINE course throughout Fall 2019 semester. 


Estimated Program fee for Fall 2019 (summer travel):  $1,615-$1,815 (Fee will be based on final enrollment).

  • Program fee includes accommodation, some meals, in-country transportation, and activities
  • Program fee excludes airfare, SDSU tuition, mandatory international health insurance (approximately $60), and personal expenses

Non-refundable program fee due in full in order to hold your space in the class.

NOTE:  Payment options include credit card (with an added convenience fee) or electronic check.

Japan Summer 2019 Budget Sheet 


  • Application required. More details can be found HERE
  • Majors outside of CHHS are welcome to apply, however priority is given to graduating seniors in the following CHHS majors:
    • Exercise & Nutritional Sciences
      • Athletic Training
      • Kinesiology
      • Foods & Nutrition
    • Nursing
    • Public Health
    • Social Work
      • Social Work
      • Gerontology
    • Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences

FAQs for the Fall 2019 Instructor-Led HHS 350 program

Group Leaders for HHS 350 – Japan (Summer travel):

Leti Kahya

Leti is a study abroad advisor in the International Student Center (ISC) helping SDSU students explore the world. After earning her BA in Religious Studies and Comparative Literature from SDSU she spent six years living and teaching English abroad in the Czech Republic, Taiwan, China and Turkey.

She returned to the USA for an MA in International Higher Education at Lesley University. Prior to joining the ISC she worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Career Development and Global Education Office.

As an Aztec for Life (2008) she loves wearing her SDSU sweatshirt when travelling around the globe because inevitably someone stops her in the airport to say they too, are an Aztecs for Life. She has been to 30+ countries and can’t wait to see more.

Rebekah Fuganti

Rebekah graduated from SDSU with a B.A. in International Security and Conflict Resolution in 2003 and immediately began working in the Office of International Programs. She has traveled to more than 20 countries which includes co-leading 6 student programs in Georgia, India, Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, and is very excited to visit Japan with the HHS 350 program.