|Restrictions:||WMU applicants only|
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|Program Type:||WMU||Language of Instruction:||Japanese|
|Minimum GPA:||2.75||Class Standing:||Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore|
|Program Specialist:||Yumi Takahashi-Ede||Language experience required:||Yes|
|Areas of Study:||Japanese||Program Length:||Academic Year, Semester, Summer|
|Jump To:||Application Instructions||Overview||Location||Academics||Cost||Housing||Itinerary||Resources|
The deadline for the BroncosAbroad application is January 15th, 2015. We will then evaluate all applications and invite students to a Selection Committee Interview sometime in early February. After the interviews, advisors will decide on Exchange placements and will assist students with host university applications.
WMU students interested in this exchange program may be able to contact students from the host institution currently studying at WMU. Contact the Haenicke Institute Study Abroad office for information.
See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study abroad programs in Japan: 2014-2015 quick comparison.pdf
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Good Academic standing
Minimum GPA of 2.75
Completion of Japanese 1010.
WMU students study at Nihon in a 12-week intensive language and culture program during the spring semester or summer term. Classes are held at the Nihon Daigaku Kaikan Annex building in the center of Tokyo. Students study alongside other international students. Class sizes are small, and students have close personal contact with their professors. Students typically study beginning, intermediate or advanced Japanese. Students will take a placement test upon arrival to determine which level of courses they will take. Other courses in English about Japanese culture and business are sometimes offered. Professors usually arrange two outings per semester, one to a museum and another to a major tourist destination, such as Kamakura or Nikko.
WMU students may spend only one 12-week term in this program. Students seeking a longer experience should apply to the other exchange programs, which last one academic year.
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.
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The program fee includes: tuition, administrative fees, and international health and emergency assistance insurance. Program fees will be billed to the student account for the each semester.
The program fee does not include: housing, meals, airfare, books, local transportation, passport, visa, and personal expenses. Costs not included in this program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.
Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.
Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing be divided into qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program) and non-qualified (other costs). The total program fee equals the program commitment fee plus qualified and non-qualified expenses added together.
Program commitment fee
+ Qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program)
+ Non-qualified (other costs)
= Total program fee
Program commitment fee: This is a portion of the program fee which is billed after the student clicks the "Commit" button to secure their place in the program. The remainder of the program fee is billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment in study abroad credits. The program commitment fee is due within 30 days once charged to the WMU student account. After 30 days, per university accounts policy, holds will be placed on past-due balances.
Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead! Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.
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Arrival Day: May 10
Orientation & Placement Test: May 12
Summer Semester begins: May 16
Summer Semester ends: July 26
Arrival Day: September 13
Orientation & Placement Test: September 15
Fall Semester begins: September 20
Fall Semester ends: December 6
Arrival Day: January 11, 2017
Orientation & Placement Test: January 13, 2017
Spring Semester begins: January 17, 2017
Spring Semester ends: March 29, 2017
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Host Institution Information (external links)
Country Information (external links)
Japan - Lonely Planet
Tokyo - Lonely Planet
U.S. Department of state Information
Country Specific Information - Japan
Culturegram - Japan
VISA (external links)
Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit
Program faculty directors:
Professor Jeffrey Angles
Associate Professor of Japanese Literature & Translation Studies
Professor Rika Saito
Associate Professor of Japanese Language & Literature
Professor Carlos Pimentel
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language
Study Abroad Specialist:
Study Abroad Specialist
2425E Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890
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