Study in Japan

Global Michigan Portal

The Global Michigan (global.umich.edu) Portal is the centralized website for all things global at the University of Michigan.  This site contains information and links to university policy related to international travel, study abroad programs, working abroad, funding for international travel and research, international events on campus, and international travel safety tips.  Information on countries and areas under travel warning and information for graduate students, staff and faculty to obtain approval to travel to these restricted areas are also available on this site.

University policy requires all faculty, staff, and students who are traveling internationally for university business and/or educational purposes to register their travel on the university's Travel Registry and obtain international travel health insurance coverage.  The university also strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students to register their personal international travel.  The university's international travel health insurance is available for personal travel.  More information and links to the Travel Registry and international travel health insurance purchase are located on the Global Michigan Portal.

Academic Year Advanced Language Programs

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) in Yokohama, Japan, offers a 10-month academic year intensive program in advanced Japanese for graduate students, professionals, and graduating seniors who have generally completed three years of college level Japanese.  IUC also offers a Professional Tutorials program for individualized instruction in advanced Japanese for PhD students doing dissertation fieldwork in Japan, scholars and professionals who have already attained Japanese language proficiency at the level of JLPT Level N1 and need advanced language training for specific research and professional activities.

IUC is managed by a consortium of universities including the University of Michigan.  The consortium office is administered by Stanford University.  Website: www.stanford.edu/dept/IUC/

International Christian University (ICU) in Mitaka, Tokyo, offers intensive and semi-intensive Japanese Language Programs during the academic year for beginning to advanced students.  Website: www.icu.ac.jp/english/liberalarts/collegewide/jlp/index.html

Summer Programs

For information on summer programs in Japan, please see the Summer Programs section of this website.

U-M Exchange Programs with Japanese Universities

Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) manages exchange programs between U-M and Japanese universities.  Options for one term, academic year, and summer are available.  Intended primarily for undergraduate students, exchange programs to Japan include the following:

  • Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) at Doshisha University in Kyoto
  • Waseda University's School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) in Tokyo
  • Hitotsubashi University in Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo
  • Japan in Today's World at Kyushu University in Fukuoka
  • Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Shiga

In addition, exchange programs for engineering students are managed by the International Program in Engineering (IPE) office.

General Information about Studying in Japan

Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides information for prospective study abroad students as well as current students in Japan and students who have returned from Japan.  It has links to schools and universities, scholarship programs, information about living in Japan, events for international students in Japan, information on part-time work and work after graduation and blogs of student experiences.

Gateway to Study in Japan is a website managed by JASSO that provides general information about studying in Japan.

JUMP (Japanese Universities for Motivated People) is a Ministry of Education website that provides information about undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs taught entirely in English at universities participating in the Global 30 Project.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) offers information about Japanese universities, degree programs, short term exchange programs, admission information, and scholarships for studying in Japan.  This site also has a search engine for degree programs at Japanese colleges and universities that you can search by degree level, location, academic subject, and keyword.  This site also has a list of degree programs taught in English with contact information that are not a part of the Global 30 Project.

English Language Degree Programs at Japanese Universities

JUMP (Japanese Universities for Motivated People) is a Ministry of Education website that provides information about undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs taught entirely in English at universities participating in the Global 30 Project.

The JASSO website has a list of degree programs taught in English with contact information that are not a part of the Global 30 Project.