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Welcome from the Program Director

Dear JCMU Students:

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Japan Center for Michigan Universities.

Your time studying abroad in Hikone, Japan will be one of the most exciting and challenging experiences of your life. At JCMU, you have the opportunity to build an understanding of the Japanese people, language, culture, and society.  JCMU will facilitate this learning through a combination of classroom study, field trips, cultural activities, home stays, internships, and various other activities.

By broadening your understanding of Japanese language, culture, and society, you will deepen your understanding of yourself as an individual, enabling you to grow both as a student and a person.  We also want to help you find ways to connect the JCMU experience to your future plans and goals.  It is essential to remember, however, that this is an extremely rigorous program.  You will be challenged to new levels academically and personally.  Though JCMU staff will be there to help you every step of the way, it is essential for you to give your personal best.  Your time at JCMU is an investment: the more you put into the program, the more you will get out of it.

This Student Handbook is a general guide for you and your parents on what to do to prepare for the program and what to expect once in Japan.  While it is intended to provide current information, it does not supersede any part of the Statement of Responsibility, the Student Health/Emergency Treatment Authorization, or any Michigan State University regulations.  If you have any questions or concerns as you prepare for your trip, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the East Lansing JCMU office.


                                                                                                                                                                              Kate Simon
                                                                                                                                Program Director

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