University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office of International Education (OIE) WEB GUIDE

USA Summer Camp (Japan)

This is the Schedule and orientation page for this program. If you are looking for the program's website, click here.

Accommodation & Meals


Camp facilities for each team vary from place to place. Different camp facilities include government-owned recreational facilities on mountain-tops (very secluded), a Japanese-style hotel, a sports and communication center, and independent campgrounds. Some teams will generally stay in one facility, while others will travel to many different facilities throughout the summer to run different programs. Although the locations vary from team to team, the USA Summer Camp program remains the same.

When AC's are not working, they spend part of their stay with Japanese host families - the best way to get to know the Japanese culture! In some cases, AC's may also spend part of their stay in hostels/hotels.

You should bring either one gift for your entire host family to share or individual gifts for host family members (if you know something about each of them in advance, but this is unlikely). You don’t need to spend a lot of money; give something made in your local community, something which represents the U.S. or a local food item (something non-perishable and which can be taken across borders - so no meats or seeds).


All homestay and camp meals are included. Meals you eat away from your host family's home are your responsibility.

Review the estimate for the amount of money you should bring to cover meals in the Full Cost of Participation worksheet (found in step III of the application checklist). It is not reasonable to think that you can save money by spending less than the food estimate provided by the OIE! This estimate is meant to be the BARE MINIMUM in relation to your particular destination!


Flight & Program Schedule

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Mode of transportation: participants find their own way to the U.S. departure airport


Carry approximately ¥6,000 - ¥12,500 (about 50-100 US$) in cash just in case you are unable to exchange money upon arrival. You should exchange this in the international airport in the U.S. BEFORE you fly.


Guy Healy, Japan purchases airline tickets for camp counselors and corresponds with counselors on all matters regarding flights. Tickets won't be paid for until approximately two weeks before travel; expect to receive your flight information and ticket just prior to traveling.

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A greeter carrying a sign which says “USA Summer Camp” will be waiting for you as you exit customs in the Narita airport. The greeter will help you check in for your connecting flight. You will be met by staff from Guy Healy, Japan when you arrive at your final destination airport. You may spend the first night in a hotel. In this case, the following day everyone will go by bus to the camp facilities for the USA Summer Camp orientation.

Japan - Narita (Tokyo); Haneda (Tokyo); Kansai (Osaka); Hakata (Fukuoka)

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Each team typically runs 8-9 three-day camp sessions throughout the duration of the summer.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh reserves the right to make changes to itineraries, travel arrangements, hotels, excursions, activities or other arrangements made necessary by factors beyond its control. On certain dates when some attractions or activities may not be available, UW Oshkosh reserves the right to substitute alternate attractions or activities.

Visas & Residence Permits


U.S. citizens are not required to apply for an entry visa prior to travel or a Residence Permit upon arrival.

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Foreigners are required to provide proof of legal entry and stay to authorities upon request. This means that as a foreigner, you will be required to carry the document/s listed below at all times. Check the Entry/Exit Requirements section of theU.S. State Department's Country-specific Informationfor your destination for details.

Japan - you are required to carry your passport on you at all times.


Health Insurance

See our new "Insurance" page for details.

Emergency Contacts

In a life and death emergency ABROAD

U.S. Department of State Citizen Emergency Center (1-202-647-5225) will relay messages to the foreign Embassy. Embassy personnel may try to locate your student, pass on urgent messages and, consistent with the Privacy Act, report back.

To reach your student directly

If your student is staying in a hotel, use the hotel contact information listed on the web page for your student's program. The Office of International Education cannot give out private residence or homestay phone numbers unless authorized in advance by the student, but we will contact your student for you in an emergency.

To reach someone at UW Oshkosh during office hours (7:45 am - 4:30 pm M-F)

Office of International Education Phone: 1 (920) 424-0775
Jenna Graff: Director, Office of International Education -
Kelsey McDaniels, Study Abroad Advisor -
Mary Reinke: Program Manager -
Office of International Education Fax: 1 (920) 424-0185
Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-1410
Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-0300

To reach someone at UW Oshkosh outside of normal office hours

University Police: 1 (920) 424-1216

To reach an on-site local contact, IN AN EMERGENCY ONLY.

Guy Healy, Japan Staff Address: 2-7 Kajiya-machi, Nagasaki, Japan 852-8137: Phone: 011- 81-95-826-3877; Fax: 011-81-95-842-8122.


To help you prepare for your travel experience away, we'll begin with an orientation through which we'll share information on topics such as course registration & enrollment, flights, itineraries, housing, meals, emergency contacts, financial planning, program withdrawal, health & personal security, and travel.

Your orientation consists of:

  • required reading materials
  • required on-line presentation
  • orientation quiz submitted to the OIE
  • optional in-person Q&A
  • in-person orientation with program leaders or department advcoates (These may be required or optional, or may not be offered for your particular program; check your program web guide and/or with your program leader for more information.)

The orientation deadline for spring interim, summer and fall semester programs is the 1st Friday in April.

  • Participants who do not complete the orientation requirements prior to the orientation deadline will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.
  • Share the this orientation with parents, spouses, and/or other family members who may also want to review the orientation. The orientation is open to anyone who would like to participate.


airplanebulletpointIn Person Q & A - OPTIONAL

The date below is what you will enter in the "Orientation" section of your online application!

Following completion of the on-line orientation, participants are invited to attend an OPTIONAL, in-person Q & A session on:

  • Spring Interim, Summer and Fall Semester programs: Saturday, 4/6/19, 9:00am-1:00pm, location TBA

Family member attendance at the Q & A session is invited and encouraged. Family members who plan to attend the Q & A session should understand that this will not replace the orientation outlined above. Family members should review the full orientation prior to attending in person.

airplanebulletpointReading Materials - REQUIRED

Before beginning your on-line orientation, review the materials listed below; you will refer to these materials during the on-line orientation. Share these materials with interested family members.

airplanebulletpointOn-line Orientation - REQUIRED

Schedule approximately 90 minutes to focus on your on-line orientation.

To access the on-line orientation

  • Open the study away orientation in PowerPoint.
  • Click on the "Slide Show" tab along the top menu.
  • Click on the "Custom Slide Show" menu item.
  • Choose your program.

airplanebulletOrientation Quiz - REQUIRED

Complete your orientation requirement by submitting this orientation quiz to the Office of International Education by the orientation deadline.

airplanebulletPre-depature meeting: REQUIRED

All participants are required to attend a pre-departure meeting with the Study Away Coordinator. This orientation covers topics not already covered in the on-line orientation and focuses on topics about which participants will have questions and will need clarification.

Participants who do not complete in-person program-specific orientation will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.

Your in-person pre-departure meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2018 from 4:30-6:00pm in (location TBA).

Exceptions will be granted ONLY to students who submit one of the following:
1) a UW Oshkosh course schedule, printed from TitanWeb, showing that the student is scheduled in a UW Oshkosh course during orientation or
2) students with a letter from an employer specifically stating that time off cannot be given to attend orientation may request an alternative orientation date.


This page was last updated on: May 11, 2018