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Kyoto, Japan (Exchange Program)
|Restrictions:||WMU applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Academic Year||2016-2017||02/15/2016**||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
|Program Type:||WMU||Housing Options:||Apartment, Dorm (single)|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Program Specialist:||Sakhi Vyas|
|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.
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 3.0 GPA
Completion of JPNS 2010 for IJL (Intensive Japanese Language) program
No previous Japanese required for JWP (Japanese and World Perspectives) program
The Study in Kyoto program is based at Ritsumeikan University's Kinugasa Campus in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto, allowing students a unique opportunity to experience both Japanese traditional and contemporary culture. Students will enroll in the Intensive Japanese Language (IPL) program, where they will take 12 hours/week of intensive Japanese language after testing into one of five levels, upper elementary to advanced. Students may also take Introduction to Japanese Traditonal Arts, taught in Japanese and choose from a variety of Japanese studies courses taught in English, e.g. Japanese Society, Politics, Culture; International Political Theories; International Management; Asia-Pacific Relations; Japanese Economy; Japan-US Relations; Interatnaional Development and Aid; International Law; Environmental Economics; International Peace Studies, etc.
2013/2014 SKP Pamphlet is ready and available for download from the program homepage SKP Pamphlet
WMU credit will be awarded for all courses 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 Study Abroad office. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form with their academic advisor(s), available from the WMU online application. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and study abroad staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.
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The program fee includes: tuition, fees, international emergency and health insurance, and orientation.
The program fee does not include: housing, meals, airfare, books, Japanese health insurance, local transportation, passport, visa, and personal expenses. Remember to plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel, personal spending money, 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 to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs). The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
+ Qualified fees (tution)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee
Commitment fee: The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form. The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment.
Several scholarships may be available for this program, including the AIEJ (Japanese government) and JASSO scholarship, but these scholarships are distributed through external organizations and WMU makes no guarantee regarding availability.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship if taking the majority of classes in English.
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she 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.
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 financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the 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.
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Host Institution Information (external links)
Study in Kyoto Program
Ritsumaikan University Newsletter
Country Information (external links)
Japan - Lonely Planet
Kyoto - 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, Japanese Literature & Translation Studies
WMU Faculty Director Homepage
Professor Rika Saito
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature
Study Abroad Specialist:
WMU Study Abroad Experiences: Ayla Ludwig