“Hiroshima and Peace” Summer Course, Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for this year’s “Hiroshima and Peace” intensive summer courses at Hiroshima City University to be held July 31 – August 9.

The two courses, one for undergraduate students and another for graduates, usually attract a very international mix of participants and is very reasonably priced.

Through the courses the university hopes, “to provide students with a general understanding of the nature and attributes of war and peace by illuminating various aspects of wartime experiences, including the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and, at the same time, to explore contemporary issues related to world peace in the era of globalization.” All lectures will be conducted in English.

In addition to the lectures, there is a full range of extra-curricular activities, including participation in the August 6 A-bombing commemoration ceremony. You can can see last year’s course schedule here and download a PDF of this year’s course brochure here.

Tuition fees are a very reasonable ¥20,000 for undergrads and ¥21,00 for graduates (plus ¥2500 for the course textbook). Free homestay accommodation is available for non-Japanese participants.

A little dated, but the UK Guardian published the impressions of the 2005 course by an academic and a student participant from London Metropolitan University. If you have attended the course more recently, why not add your impressions in the comments below.

Applications are open until May 1, 2012 and more details can be found here.

Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of GetHiroshima.com and loves running in the mountains.