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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Computer Game Design
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Game Studio Tour in Tokyo

Japan, Summer 2021

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Program Overview

Knowledge of the roles and capabilities of a variety of companies in the game industry is a core skill of successful professionals in the modern game industry. This is especially true for professionals in markets with extensive global presence such as PC, console, mobile, and VR games. The Game Studio Tour seeks to give GMU Game Design students the opportunity to visit Japanese games companies of various sizes in order to gain first-hand knowledge about their roles in the game industry and to better understand the international nature of modern game development.

On this program, students will visit Japanese game companies of various sizes and roles within the game industry. At these companies, students will meet with native Japanese staff as well as non-Japanese who work and live in the country. Through their interaction with these experienced developers, students will gain a better understanding of the role they themselves could play in international game development.

Program Highlights: 

  • Visit and learn first-hand about Japanese game companies that have varying roles within the industry.
  • Meet and interview professional game developers from Japan and other countries who live and work in Tokyo.
  • Gain insight into how games are marketed and sold in Japan.
  • Develop a better understanding of the role you could play in international game development through interaction with experienced developers!


All undergraduate students and non-degree seeking students are welcome to apply including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.5 GPA.


3 Credits

Course Options

GAME 300 or GAME 399

Tentative Program Dates: 

May 18 - June 1, 2021


Tentative Itinerary 

Day 1: Departure
Students depart from the US
Day 2: Arrival
Arrival in Tokyo
Students meet with professors and are given SUICA and rail passes
Check into hotel
Free period to rest/recover
Group dinner
Day 3: Tokyo – Asakusa
Breakfast at hotel
Tour of Asakusa (shopping arcade, Sensoji Temple, etc.)
Tour of Tokyo Skytree
Lunch (Skytree Mall, students’ choice)
Visit Liona Interactive
Group dinner (Otaru Industry Gathering)
Day 4: Tokyo – Ghibli Museum
Breakfast at hotel
Ghibli Museum
Lunch (museum café)
Visit Historia Inc.
Dinner (students’ choice)
Day 5: Tokyo – Akihabara
Breakfast at hotel
Visit Rudel Inc.
Lunch (Akihbara / Yodobashi Camera, students’ choice)
Akihabara (free time or optional tour)
Dinner (students’ choice)
Day 6: Tokyo –Odaiba
Breakfast at hotel
Visit Square-Enix Co., Ltd.
Lunch (students’ choice)
Odaiba tour (Sega arcade, Decks, etc.)
Optional tour to Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Dinner (Odaiba, students’ choice)
Day 7: Tokyo – Free Day
Breakfast at hotel
Free period (possible optional tours/events led by professors)
Day 8: Kyoto – Gion/Higashiyama
Breakfast at hotel
Hotel checkout
Travel to Kyoto
Check into hotel
Lunch (Kyoto station, students’ choice)
Travel to Gion
Walk to Kiyomizudera via Gion and Higashiyama (maybe Kodaiji Temple too)
Group Dinner
Day 9: Kyoto – Southern Kyoto
Breakfast at hotel
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Toji Temple and Pagoda
Lunch (Kyoto Station, students’ choice)
Visit 11 Bit Studios
Dinner (students’ choice)
Day 10: Kyoto – Walk of Philosophy
Breakfast at hotel
Visit Q-Games
Lunch (Kyoto station or Walk of Philosophy)
Walk to Ginkakuji via the Walk of Philosophy (can stop at other sites along the Walk)
Group Dinner
Day 11: Kyoto – Osaka
Breakfast at hotel
Shinkansen to Osaka
Visit Capcom
Den-Den Town (free time or optional tour)
Dotonburi (free time or optional tour)
Dinner (Dotonburi, students’ choice)
Return to Kyoto
Day 12: Kyoto – Himeiji
Breakfast at hotel
Shinkansen to Himeiji
Himeiji Castle tour
Lunch (Himeiji Station, students’ choice)
Return to Kyoto
Visit Vitei
Dinner (students’ choice)
Day 13: Kyoto – Imperial Palace
Breakfast at hotel
Lunch (TBD)
Imperial Palace
Free time
Dinner (students’ choice)
Day 14: Kyoto – Free Day
Breakfast at hotel
Free period (possible optional tours/events led by professors)
Day 15: Tokyo - Free Day 2
Breakfast at hotel
Travel to Tokyo
Check into hotel
Free period (optional tours/events led by professors)
Group Dinner / Closing
Day 16: Return
Breakfast at hotel
Travel to airport
Return to US

 * Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2021: Coming soon!

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary, in-country transportation, and international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, meals, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Note:  This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.

When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.  

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 10. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

March 10, 2021


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.Application requirements:* 

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Directors

  Rob Dieterich Josiah Lebowitz
Name Robert Dieterich Josiah Lebowitz

GEO Program Administrator

  Programs > Brochure > Global Education Office (GEO)
Name Jess Ostrowski-Wright
Phone 703-993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/18/2021 06/01/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.