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NCTA Programs in Asia and Summer Institutes

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Summer Study Tours and Institutes

Teachers who have taken part in an NCTA seminar sponsored by TEA or other NCTA partner sites are eligible to apply to NCTA study tours and summer institutes.


2015 NCTA Alumni National study Tour to Japan: Extending the Message of Peace Education from Japan to the United States (tentative: June 24-July7, 2015). This study tour is sponsored by the NCTA National Coordinating Site at the Five College Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS). Open to alumni ---- from any state ---- of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) program who have completed successfully a 30-hour NCTA course in any format (classic seminar, online seminar, summer institute). Ten K-12 educators will be selected for the program. The goal of this study tour is to learn about peace education in Japan and to use the knowledge acquired to develop implementation strategies for use in US schools. Participants will visit Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Kyoto and will visit museums dedicated to peace and peace education, meet with Japanese teachers and students, and learn from scholars and others involved in peace efforts in Japan. For detailed information on the study tour and an application, go to If you have additional questions about this program, email or call, 413-585-3751.


NCTA Summer 2015 Study Tours to China-Japan. Application deadline: February 6, 2015. Open to teachers who have completed a 30-hour NCTA class, either online, in a classroom, or in a summer institute setting. Two study tours are offered: Study Tour #1, June 13-July 1; Study Tour #2: July 4-July 22. Program cost: $1500. Each program is designed to provide practical experience in both China and Japan to help NCTA alums strengthen curriculum on East Asia in their school districts. These study tours are sponsored by the NCTA National Coordinating Site at Asia for Educators (AFE), Columbia University. Selection is competitive. Please see full details and application instructions at the AFE website.

NCTA Summer Institutes

2015 Summer Institutes

Each year, NCTA sponsors several national summer enrichment programs, offered as residential programs on NCTA national coordinating site campuses.

Citizens, Society, & State: Adaptation and Transformation in Contemporary China, July 27-31, 2015. Open to secondary social studies teachers nationwide, this 4-day institute on the CU-Boulder campus will examine the rapidly changing social and political dynamics of contemporary China. Working with specialists, participants will learn about the diverse issues and evolutions affecting Chinese society, including economic development, social welfare, government reform, and the growing role of citizens. Click here for detailed flyer and application, available beginning December 15, 2014. Application deadline: March 18, 2015.

Korea's Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues. July 13-17, 2015. In this 4-day residential summer institute, secondary teachers will consider modern and contemporary South Korea's distinct history, geography, intra-peninsular and international relations, and transnational cultural transmissions (e.g., K-pop, film, and design). Participants will work with specialists to learn about the Korean peninsula beyond the media coverage, drawing on Korean narratives and texts to enrich their teaching about contemporary South Korea in the classroom. Click here for detailed flyer and application, available beginning December 15, 2014. Rolling admission through April 30, 2015.