THREE undergraduates from Hong Kong have joined fellow students from other regions of Asia for a five-week course of Asian Studies at Sophia University, in Japan. The programme began on July 14 and ends on August 28. The students are Sophia Wan Pui-shan of the University of Science and Technology; Bryan Wong Kim-yeung of Chinese University, and Douglas Lam Tat-chau of the University of Hong Kong. They have each received a scholarship from the Japan Airlines Foundation. The package includes air tickets, travel expenses, insurance, tuition, accommodation, meals and textbooks. Other JAL scholars come from Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Besides attending lectures, students will visit the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the Supreme Court of Japan, shrines, and see traditional Japanese theatre and famous tourist attractions, such as Tokyo Disneyland and Kanazawa City. The itinerary is designed to give the visitors an understanding of modern Japan and its growing importance in the world today. The JAL Scholarship was launched by Japan Airlines in 1975, and is just one of many programmes organised by the JAL Foundation. Each year student applicants are required to submit essays written on a given topic. This year's theme was ''Environment and Development in East Asia and Oceania''. Mr Susaumu Yamaji, Chairman of the JAL Foundation, said he hoped the students would preserve the Japan experience as a lifetime memory when they returned to their countries.