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About JCMU

Mission Statement

JCMU is committed to providing programs that allow students to create meaningful intercultural experiences while participating in academic studies of the highest calibre. JCMU strives to be affordable for students of every background, regardless of training or experience, while providing access to a diverse selection of academic and intercultural activities. Participants from colleges and universities worldwide are welcome.

The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is a study abroad program born of a desire to build and strengthen relationships between Japanese, Americans, and people of every nationality. JCMU's programs give students the opportunity to study language and culture on the shore of Lake Biwa while participating in the community of the City of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where the center is located.

Founded September 1988 on the 20th anniversary of the sister-state relationship between Shiga Prefecture and the State of Michigan, JCMU symbolizes the bond between the two political bodies. However, the institution's goal of connection and exchange is not limited to students from these areas. People of all backgrounds, majors, and levels of experience are welcome to participate.