UG Study Abroad Scholarship

The Center for Japanese Studies provides a limited number of scholarships for undergraduate students who will participate in a study abroad academic program to Japan.  Approximately five to seven scholarships are awarded on a merit-basis in an annual competition each spring.

The Center is currently accepting applications for students participating in study abroad programs to Japan who will travel to Japan during Spring-Summer 2014 or Academic Year 2014-15.  Deadline for application is March 14, 2014.

Important Note: It is the responsibility of the student to find the appropriate study abroad program and to complete the necessary application process to enroll in the program.  For assistance in finding the appropriate program, see the Study in Japan and Summer Language Programs sections of the CJS web site, see a study abroad advisor in the Center for Global and Intercultural Study, or visit the International Center Education Abroad Office.


  • Currently enrolled undergraduate students at the University of Michigan in any school or college are eligible.
  • Students graduating in May 2014 or August 2014 are not eligible.
  • Recipients must participate in an eligible program.  The following three types of programs are eligible:
    • Traditional Study Abroad Program: A study abroad academic program that teaches a combination of language and/or Japanese studies that is sponsored by CGIS or another school or college of the University of Michigan and that results in academic credit.  The recipient must travel to Japan with the program during Spring-Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and/or Winter 2015.
    • GCC or GIEU course: Students who are enrolled in CGIS Global Course Connections (GCC) or Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU) course during Winter 2014 and will be traveling to Japan with the course immediately after the end of the term are also eligible.  It is the responsibility of the student to find the appropriate program and to complete any application for participation in a timely manner.  Important Note: Students traveling to Japan in CJS-supported Global Course Connections courses (for Winter 2014 HISTART 292 and ASIAN 302) are NOT eligible because they receive CJS scholarship funding through a different program.
    • Summer Intensive Japanese Language Program: Students who enroll in a  summer intensive Japanese language program located in Japan during Summer 2014 are also eligible.  In order to qualify, a summer language program must meet the FLAS Fellowship summer program eligibility criteria.  For a list of eligible programs, see the Summer Language Programs section of the CJS web site and look for "Summer FLAS eligible" programs.  The FLAS summer program eligibility criteria are:
      • The program must teach the equivalent of one academic year of Japanese as taught at the University of Michigan
      • The recipient must enroll at the 2nd year level language or above
      • The minimum program length is 6 weeks.
      • The program must have minimum classroom contact hours (language instruction in the classroom with an instructor, including lectures, sections, drill sessions, and tutorials but NOT cultural time, excursions, meals, office hours, and independent study) of 140 hours for 2nd year and 120 hours for 3rd year and above.
  • Independent research, internships, and volunteer activities are not eligible.
  • Students who are awarded the Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in Japanese for Summer 2014 are not eligible.
  • Students who complete an application for the Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in Japanese for a program in Japan for Summer 2014 and does not receive a Summer FLAS Fellowship award will automatically be considered for this scholarship without a separate application.
  • If you have any questions on whether the study abroad program or the summer language program that you have selected meets the eligibility criteria, please contact the CJS Academic Services Coordinator (see the bottom of this page under More Information for contact information).

Scholarship Award

  • Approximately 5-7 awards will be made.
  • Award amount limits vary depending on the program's length of stay in Japan.  For the 2014 competition, the award amount limits are as follows:
    • Programs up to 4 weeks: up to $1,000
    • Summer language programs: up to $1,500
    • One term (fall or winter): up to $2,000
    • Full academic year (fall and winter): up to $3,000
  • Scholarship may only be used to cover expenses associated with the study abroad program participation, such as tuition, program fee, airfare, room, and board.
  • Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit by the Center for Japanese Studies Admissions and Fellowships Committee.
  • If you receive a need-based financial aid package for the study abroad program, the acceptance of this scholarship may result in an adjustment of your need-based financial aid package.  Please consult the Office of Financial Aid if you have any questions.
  • International students may be subject to income tax withholding on the scholarship amount.  Please consult the International Center if you have any questions.

Application Materials

Please submit the following items to the Center for Japanese Studies, 4640 School of Social Work Building, 1080 South University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106.

  • Application form (2 pages): Download Form (Microsoft Word format) please fill out the form on the computer and print the completed form.  Be sure to sign and date on page 2.
  • Statement of purpose (limit 1000 words): Please write a concise and coherent essay of no more than 1,000 words.  Please explain why you want to participate in the study abroad or summer language program and how this experience will contribute toward your overall academic and career goals.  Please double-space and put your full name and UM ID at the beginning of the statement.
  • Résumé: Please provide a current résumé.  If you are not sure how to put a résumé together, please consult the UM Career Center for assistance.
  • Two academic letters of recommendation: Download Form (Microsoft Word format). Please ask two people who know you well and can speak to your academic interests and abilities.  Letters from course instructors, GSIs and academic advisors are acceptable.  At least one recommendation must be completed by someone affiliated with UM.  Only one of the two recommendation may be completed by a language instructor; at least one letter must be completed by an instructor of a content course (e.g., history, literature, anthropology, political science, engineering, business, art, etc.).  Letters may be sent directly to the Center electronically by the recommender or printed in hard copy and given to the student in a sealed and signed envelope to be turned in with other application materials.
  • Current UM official transcript: Please send an e-transcript to
  • Copy of letter of acceptance for the study abroad or summer language program (if available), or proof of application submission to the program (such as confirmation of application receipt).


  • March 15 annually (or Friday immediately prior if March 15 is on a weekend)
  • All materials should be brought or sent to the Center for Japanese Studies, 4640 School of Social Work Building, 1080 South University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Awards will be announced in late April.

Questions or Further Information

Contact the CJS Academic Services Coordinator at, 734-764-6307.