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Georgian Court welcomes students to the Spring 2021 semester. Please regularly check GCU e-mails and for the most up-to-date information. Download the CampusClear app, which must be completed every day that you are on campus.

NEW! Virtual Japan Program 2021!
April 5th-9th

Join our NEW 2021 virtual program this April & Immerse in Japan without leaving New jersey!

  • Monday, APRIL 5th 8pm
  • Sensoji Temple & Asakusa Virtual Tour  Sensoji is an ancient Japanese Buddhist temple founded on a legend that goes back over 1,400 years. 
  • L.I.V.E. with University of Tokyo  Live interactive virtual exchange with the University of Tokyo.  During this exchange students will learn about the Japanese views on religion and spirituality.
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 6th 8pm                                 
  •  Arashiyama Babmoo Forest Virtual Tour  Surrounded by countless green stalks in every direction, the path twists and turns up the mountainside through a small labyrinth of shrines, tea houses, and other landmarks.  
  • Virtual Tour of Takayama Through this tour, you will virtually walk the streets with a guide, learn about interesting facts of the town and enjoy the beautiful architecture and nature.

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7th 8pm                                                                      
  • Virtual Tour of Kyoto Home to many cultural landmarks and historical sites, Kyoto is thought of as the heart of Japan.                                                            
  • Kiyomizu Temple Virtual Tour During this virtual tour you will learn from our expert local guide about the three story pagoda of Kiyomizu-dera, one of the tallest of its kind in Japan.

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 8th 1pm 
  • Japanese Cooking class with Dr. Komagata  During this virtual cooking class, you will be able to prepare a Japanese dish from your own home.
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 9th 12:30pm 
  •  Tour of Japanese Tea House & Garden  Join us on campus to learn more about traditional tea ceremony practices and tour our garden and tea house at Georgian Court University.
  • Free to students in these spring courses: RS260, IH350, GS300-Japan
  • GS300-“Japan Virtual Program” (2nd 7.5 session 1 credit course) is open for enrollment until 3/19/21 
  • $60 program fee for all other students & community members
  • Open to GCU Alumni, Faculty, Staff, & Administration after February 20th  
  • Priority is given to students & virtual seats are limited!
  • Application is now OPEN to students!  Please apply on Blackboard under the Global Education organization –See “Application Process” and apply under “Japan Virtual Program”  (*please see Getting Started for details on how to join the Blackboard organization)
  • You will receive a confirmation within 3 days confirming your acceptance to the program
  • Application for GCU alumni, staff, faculty, and administration will open here on February 20th
  • Please contact Laura GrodewaldDr. Komagata, or Dr. Vento for any questions

Japanese Spirituality & Health through Cultural Immersion


This trip is ideal for any student who has interest in health, religion, spirituality, or even better all three!.  We will stay at Zen as well as Shingon Buddhist Temples in sacred mountains to experience spiritual cultivation.  We will also visit Shinto shrines and Catholic and Lutheran Churches to deepen our understanding of Japanese spirituality in diverse religious traditions.  For health content, students will stay at a hot spring to learn and experience hydrotherapy and Shinrinyoku (forest bathing) as well as participating in mindful practice of tea.  


  • Visit temples, shrines, and churches
  • Explore spirituality in city life and in nature
  • Visit Tokyo & Kyoto
  • Participate in a tea ceremony
  • Immerse in the Japanese culture


Students participating in this program can enroll in in RS260*/TH537 Christianity in Dialogue with a focus on Religions in Japan or IH350/HH570 Special Topic: Japanese Spirituality & Health in Summer I in 2021.

*RS260 satisfies the Religious Studies Gen Ed requirement.

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Sachiko Komagata, PT, PhD, NBC-HWC, ACSM-CPE, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Integrative Health & Exercise Science at Georgian Court University.  Before GCU, she worked in an acute care hospital in the suburb of Philadelphia and taught graduate programs part time at UMDNJ, Thomas Jefferson University, and Temple University.  She is a Certified Wellness Coach as well as an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist.  While she is originally from Japan, she has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia including England, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Spain, Greece, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines, Hong Kong, and Australia.  She loves eating food from around all corners of the globe and if you are lucky, you may find her cooking authentic food with her students on campus.  

Dr. Johann M. Vento, Ph.D. is a Professor of Religious Studies and Theology at Georgian Court University.  She teaches courses in Catholic theology, women and religion, and women’s studies.  Her primary research interests are political theology and feminist theology; violence, trauma, and healing; and inter-religious dialogue.  She has published articles in Horizons, Teaching Theology and Religion, Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies, and in several edited volumes.  Most recently she co-edited Liturgy and Power, Orbis Press, Spring 2017 and Facing the World: Political Theology and Mercy, from Paulist Press, January 2018.  She spent her junior year abroad in Germany when she was an undergraduate and has since traveled extensively in Europe and India.  She has a passion for travel and for global education. 

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