Every year, over one half of the seminars include an overseas study component in addition to the weekly classes. In these “field studies,” students travel to a variety of regions outside Japan to explore the seminar’s themes through a two-week (or longer) period of fieldwork. These are unique educational opportunities in which they see and experience the issues they have studied in the classroom. Field studies also offer students the chance to test the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Activities can include visits to international organizations, discussions with local students, surveys of local social issues, ecotourism and other study experiences that stress interactions with people in the visited area. This is one of the most meaningful times in a student’s university career: by pushing against linguistic and cultural barriers in the field, each student goes beyond mere intellectual knowledge to physically encounter the themes and issues of the seminar.