A Window to Japan takes a small group of 8 students on an intensive chamber music exchange program with students and faculty at Niigata University. During our 10-day residency there you will rehearse and coach chamber music, perform at several elementary and middle schools, and at the end of the residency, perform a concert at the university. After the residency another 8 days are spent exploring rural and historic Sado Island, located in the Japan Sea, and Tokyo and Nikko. This program is open to Music Majors only, by auditions.
Auditions with the program directors
Naomi Niskala, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Music
Jeffrey Fahnestock, Adjunct Music Faculty
To find the last program fee, click on "Budget Sheet" above. Note that program fees are recalculated before every program.
The GO Short Program Cost includes international flights, meals, activity fees, and transportation in the host country.
Some estimated additional personal expenses may include laundry, toiletries, purchase of personal items and resources.
Please note that you are responsible for getting to the departure airport.
My time spent collaborating with Japanese musicians was an incredibly enlightening experience. Learning to interact in a country where the native language is far different than my own has given me the courage to pursue job opportunities in any culture, which I feel is an essential skill in my field of study. -- Rudy Brennan, 2017 program
This GO- Trip was extremely eye opening, productive, and beneficial. I would recommend going on this trip or Japan in general to anyone who asks me. -- Benjamin Nause, 2017 program
[The best part was] being able to form lasting relationships with Japanese university students. -- Student on 2015 program
It is a perfect opportunity for those music students who wish to see cross-cultural music performance opportunities. -- Student on 2015 program
It is a life-changing experience and one that I will never forget. It is rewarding and humbling. -- Student on 2015 program
About GO Short
Through intentional programming, students make the most of their short-term study abroad on GO Short programs. You will study away with Susquehanna faculty/staff leading a small group of Susquehanna classmates, all of whom have participated in the program’s preparation (i.e. GO Prep) course in the semester prior to departure. After an intensive, active program, there is a reflection course for the program to optimize your cross-cultural learning. As these programs run during winter or summer breaks and are 2-6 weeks, they are great opportunities for students to study away without committing to a full semester.