Japan Summer Program

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Japan Summer Study

Ochanomizu University Gate – Tokyo JapanSaint Mary's College established a direct student exchange program with Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. Ochanomizu University created the first international summer program in Japan. The credit-bearing program includes academic courses and extracurricular activities.

Program dates

July 27 - August 9, 2019


Option I (three tracks): English-taught Courses (3 credits)

  • Gender Equality and leadership
  • Lifestyle in Japan
  • Evolution in Natural Science: From Being to Becoming

Option 2: Japanese language Course (3 credits)

Field Trip and Activities

The summer program includes welcome & farewell events, a one-day Tokyo tour, a culture exchange session, a Japanese culture workshops (including topics such as Japanese language, food, and Kimono), a movie afternoon and more.

Travel and Housing

Students must provide their own transportation to Japan and back. and may apply for Ochanomizu University's dormitory rooms, but the number of rooms is limited. OU will provide assistance for housing if the students are not selected by lottery.


Saint Mary's College provides international insurance for all participants for the duration of the program. Saint Mary's College exercises every possible care in the arrangements made for its students. The College, however, is not responsible for any loss, damage, or injury to person or property, nor does it accept responsibility in connection with the service of any means of transportation. It is wise to have insurance on personal baggage and possessions.


Costs are kept to a minimum. Program fees cover tuition and program registration. Students will need to pay for housing and purchase meals themselves. The program fee does not cover round-trip airfare, other travel, passport fees, books, or expenditures of a personal nature. 


The Japan Summer Program is open to students of all majors. There is no Japan language or GPA requirement but one faculty recommendation is required. Saint Mary's applicants can apply for the CWIL student travel grant and the Federal Gilman Summer Scholarship if you have received the Pell Grant.

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For more information, contact:  

Alice Yang
Japan Summer Program Coordinator
Associate Director for International Education
(574) 284-4263

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