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Post-trip note: The trip to South Korea and Japan was an enormous success and participants have already found many ways to incorporate aspects of the experience into their lessons. A follow-up session is to be held at UCLA in October.

April 26, 2003 update: Because of the uncertainties generated by the SARS outbreak in China, we have refocused the 2003 study trip on Korea and Japan. We will update the itinerary and other pages as soon as possible to reflect this change.

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia is devoted to strengthening the ability of teachers to bring Asia to their students. Towards this end, NCTA offers seminars and other programs throughout the nation. For twenty years, UCLA's Asia programs have had similar aims, most notably our decade old intensive summer program for teachers. We were delighted to join NCTA in 2001 and have since offered seminars in several school districts. Dozens of energetic and insightful teachers have participated and have worked with outstanding Asia specialists. These seminars benefited from the support of district leaders and logistical help from district staff. We are grateful for the Freeman Foundation's generous support of this effort.

To further encourage these teachers and to provide them with an even stronger base upon which to teach, NCTA invites graduates of our seminars to apply to join study tours of East Asia. Graduates of California National Consortium for Teaching about Asia seminars are eligible to apply for our 2003 Summer Study Tour to China and Japan. Most of the cost of the trip (airfare, in-country transportation, lodging, and nearly all meals) and the orientation weekend (April) and the follow-up weekend (October) will be met by a grant from the Freeman Foundation. Each participant will pay $750 (which helps with several costs, including gratuities for local guides and drivers).

The selection committee for the trip consists of NCTA Seminar Leaders Jonathan Weil (Loyola Marymount University), Gary Mukai and Stephanie Lamb (SPICE), Stephanie Weintraub (Oakland Unified School District) two NCTA representatives (Karla Loveall from the University of Colorado and Susan Greenwell from Columbia University), and Clayton Dube (UCLA).

Only teachers who have met all the seminar requirements are eligible to apply for the program (isn't that incentive to get that last bit of work done?). Graduates should receive an application packet in December 2002. If you have not received a packet, please contact your seminar leader.

The application deadline is February 12, 2003.

Program Components

Educators applying for an NCTA study tour should be prepared to participate in a full year of activities, beginning in April 2003 and running through the 2003-2004 school year. Participants should complete pre-study tour readings. Teachers who cannot fully commit to all program components should not apply for the program. These include:

  • A weekend orientation program (April 26-27, 2003), travel and lodging costs will be covered by the project

  • An three week study tour in China and Japan
  • A weekend debriefing workshop (probably in October), travel and lodging costs for the debriefing program will be provided by the project
  • 2003-2004 academic year follow-through, including implementation of new Asia content and resources in participating teachers' classrooms and ongoing correspondence with NCTA colleagues
  • Participation in follow-up evaluations

Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to educators who have not traveled in China or Japan in the past five years.

The following criteria will guide selection:

  • Evidence of commitment to the goals of NCTA through seminar participation, on the study tour, and follow-up activities described on the application
  • Potential for classroom use and dissemination of study tour experience and materials
  • Commitment to the parameters of a group study experience
  • Professional experience
  • Personal qualities and interpersonal skills




Click here to visit the UCLA Asia Institute  homepage. Click here to go to the main UCLA Study Tour of China and Japan  page. Click here to see a list of participants in the 2003 UCLA Study Tour of China and Japan. Click here to find out about the orientation weekend April 26-27, 2003. Click here for details about where we are going. Click here for links to maps of our destinations. Click here to get information about the current weather in our target cities. Click here for travel news from the US State Department and more. Click here for Center for Disease Control information about health concerns. Click here to share ideas via the discussion board -- open to participants and invited guests. Click here for information about UCLA's National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminars.