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How to Apply

Students interested in participating in a JCMU program can start an application by visiting the JCMU Application Portal site. The JCMU East Lansing office is happy to assist if you have any questions or concerns.


Application materials to complete online:

  • Application Questionnaire - A questionnaire requesting basic applicant information.
  • Essay (700 words maximum) that addresses the following questions:
    • Why do you want to study abroad and why are you interested in this particular program?
    • How will studying abroad will you meet your academic, professional and personal goals?
    • Why do you feel you are qualified to participate and what will you contribute to this program?
    • How do you plan to apply your experience upon returning from Japan?
  • (2) Faculty Recommendations - Click the "Request Electronic Recommendation" link to provide the name and email address of a past or current instructor who has agreed to provide a recommendation. The instructors will receive an email providing instructions on how to submit their recommendation electronically. 
    • If you are applying for a JCMU program with a Japanese language component and are studying (or have studied) Japanese at the college-level, it is recommended that at least one of your recommendations come from a current or past Japanese language instructor. 
  • Release of Student Information Questionnaire
    • If you would like someone other than you and your home institution, such as a parent, guardian, or partner, to be able to discuss details regarding your application or participation in the JCMU program with the JCMU staff, you must list them on this questionnaire.
  • Online Signature Documents - The following documents should be signed electronically. The option to do so will appear once the JCMU East Lansing office has received your Signature Verification Form and a copy of your identification.
    • Consent to Release Contact Information
    • Passport Status
    • Policies and Agreement
    • Statement of Information Verification

Application materials to submit as original documents (no copies or scans) to the JCMU East Lansing office:

  • Signature Verification Form
    • This form will be generated by the system when you start your first application with JCMU. Please print, sign, and send it to the JCMU East Lansing office with a copy of a valid state or national ID (drivers license, passport, etc.)
  • Dean of Students Reference Form
    • Download the Dean of Students Reference Form
    • Applicants should complete the top portion of the form. The bottom portion of the form should be completed by an office or individual that has access to student academic and judicial records. 
  • Home Institution Approval Form (only required for students attending a JCMU partner institution)
  • Sealed official transcript(s)
    • Applicants who have attended multiple institutions should consider submitting transcripts from their past school(s) if they have less than 2 semesters completed at their current institution.
  • $100 application fee - May be paid by check or money order made out to "Michigan State University"