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  • Locations: Hikone, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Japan Center for Michigan Universities 
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/09/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Field Study, Study Abroad Areas of Study: Environmental Sciences, Japanese Cultural Studies
Housing Type: Homestay, Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Minimum Language Requirement: None
Program Description:
JCMU - Environ & Sustain

Learn about the unique challenges facing Japan's environment firsthand!

Length: 4 weeks from Mid-May through Mid-June.

Program features: Designed to explore Japan's environmental issues while providing a practical understanding of Japanese language and culture, you will enroll in the following courses:
  • Keystone course in environmental sciences (3 credits): This course will introduce you to many of the environmental issues facing Lake Biwa (the largest freshwater lake in Japan) and the region from a variety of scientific and socio-cultural perspectives. Lectures are complemented by field trips and practical research activites. Past students have had lectures while exploring wildlife museums, hiking through forests, entering large caves, and so on. You will get the chance to study topics such as forestry & wildlife, water turbidity, conservation, pollution, sustainability, and more!
  • Introduction to Japanese culture & society (3 credits): This course will present you with the opportunity to further explore the foundations of Japanese culture and society and how they shape the lives of the Japanese people, which will help you understand the culture that you will be living in. Classroom lectures will be enhanced with guest lectures, site visits, and Japanese cultural demonstrations and activities.

Housing: You will be housed in the JCMU Residence Hall apartments while on the ESJ program. All rooms are double-occupancy with private bedrooms and a shared kitchen & bathroom. 

Field trips & other benefits: You will be provided with your own bike to use while on the program. In addition, you will have the chance to go on a field excursion with your classmates! The location & date of the excursion are subject to change on a yearly basis, but past students have been taken to Kyoto, Nara, Uji, and more.

Scholarships: All students coming from one of our Consortium schools (Michigan's 15 public universities) will receive an automatic Consortium Scholarship towards their ESJ program fees! To see if your school is a member of our Consortium, please visit our Consortium Scholarship webpage.
Chikubu Island Fishing in Lake BiwaLake Biwa MuseumExploring the Forests of Shiga