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Study Abroad: Japan Trip 2020

Through Mid’s partnership with The University of Shiga Prefecture in Japan students have the opportunity to spend one week in Konan City, Shiga Prefecture staying with Japanese community entrepreneurs from June 17 to June 23*.

Applications are now closed for the Japan 2020 Study Abroad opportunity. This page will continue to feature trip information and updates.
  • UPDATE March 3, 2020: This trip has been cancelled due to health-related travel concerns.

The community entrepreneur program is a week-long intensive program where students will experience a homestay with a Japanese family who is an active part of the community development happening in their city. One example is the Konyan Project (literally translated as Konan Cat Project, photo below).

The week long program is a wonderful opportunity for students to expose themselves to a new local movement as well as traditional Japanese culture. Students will be able to use English throughout the majority of the program; those participating in the project will be encouraged to learn some basic Japanese before joining the program in June.


For more information on this trip, contact:

Jillian Moomaw

International Program Coordinator
jmoomaw@midmich.edu

Konan Cat Project
Where?

Mid Michigan College students will travel to Konan City in Shiga Prefecture in Japan. Konan City has a population of 54,000 people. It is a six hour drive from Tokyo and about an hour drive from Kyoto and Osaka. Konan City is where traditional scenery and a new movement can be seen. Konan is home to workers from around the world, many from South America, which creates a diverse and open-minded environment in a Japanese local town.

Who can apply?

Any student who is interested in a cross-cultural experience, is curious about new people and things, who will be 18 years old by June 1, 2020, who has a GPA of 2.0 or higher, and is in good academic and financial standing with Mid. Due to the nature of this program’s structure, the number of participants is limited to a maximum number of four students.

When?

This course will be a one week course with the actual program dates being from June 17, 2019 to June 23, 2019. However, due to travel times required to reach Japan and crossing the International Date Line, students should be prepared to travel and be out of the USA from June 14, 2019 through June 24, 2019. Additional dates in April, May, and/or June will be required for pre-departure orientation and a very basic introduction to the Japanese language. These additional dates will be determined after the students are finalized so we can work with everyone’s schedules.

What will we do in Konan City?

Itinerary activities will include visits to local factories and businesses to experience the entrepreneurship efforts happening in the city at present. The program will also include traditional Japanese cultural experiences which may include Shigaraki pottery craft work, a trip to nearby Kyoto, and/or a visit to Lake Biwa, the largest lake of Japan.

Cost

Students will pay a program fee which covers their housing and breakfast each day. Students are responsible for covering all additional costs including, but not limited to, their own round trip airfare, transportation to/from Kansai International Airport, lunch/dinner costs, any passport application fees, travel insurance (mandatory), souvenirs, or any additional activities outside of the set program itinerary. Costs listed below are suggested estimates for the sake of student planning.

  • Program Fee: 36,600 Yen (approximately $350 USD)
  • Round Trip Flight: $1,000 to $1,600 USD**
  • Transport to/from airport: $60
  • Travel Insurance for 10 days: $16.50 USD
  • Meals for 10 days:$600 USD
  • Passport (if needed): $145 USD
  • Suggested extra money: $300 USD
  • Estimated total cost: $2,481.50 to $3,081.50 (including max spending money and passport cost)

Because this trip is an educational experience, students may utilize additional financial aid from their Winter 2020 semester to help pay the cost of the program, but they may only do so in the form of a Winter 2020 refund check that they set aside to pay for this experience. Please talk to Financial Aid about what options you may have.

**Flight costs will depend on the departure airport and flight rates.

What if I want to travel with Mid but not participate in the program?

Because of the limit of up to only four students, and because of the structure of this program, unless the interested party is a student fully participating in the provided program, they will not be able to participate.

Interested? Apply today!

If so, please fill out the following application. Signing up does not commit you to the trip, but does let us know you are seriously interested in learning and traveling with us. Filling out an application does not guarantee a spot in the course, limited spots are available. Students will be chosen based on timeliness and merit.

Application

The application is in three parts: Basic Student Information, Emergency Contact Information, and Eligibility & Short Essay Information, and can be completed using the online form (right).

 
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