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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2025 09/01/2024 09/15/2024 TBA TBA
Fall 2025 03/01/2025 04/01/2025 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2025-2026 03/01/2025 04/01/2025 TBA TBA
Winter 2026 09/01/2025 10/01/2025 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Provider
Field of Study: All Majors, Asian Studies, Business, General Education Requirement, History, Humanities, Japanese, Japanese Language and Culture
Program Description:

Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) - Semester/Year Japanese Language & Culture

Hikone Castle, Japan
Semesters Offered: 
Fall, Winter, Academic Year 
14–15 in Fall/Winter
Minimum GPA of 2.5.* Prior Japanese language is not required, but may be helpful.
Advising:   To Schedule an Appointment

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Semester/Year Japanese Language and Culture
Explore Japan during through an intensive language immersion program located right off the coast of Lake Biwa. As a student in this program you'll be able to participate in community internships, cultural excursions, explore the Kansai region, and more. JCMU's language and culture program offers beginning through advanced Japanese. No prior Japanese language study is required for this program.   

Academic Credit

Intensive Japanese (10 Credits): Daily instruction will address listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Beginner through advanced levels are all offered. Placement is based on exams at the beginning of the program. 

Japanese studies elective course (1 - 4 credits): Taught entirely in English, each course explores an aspect of Japan, such as its history, religions, politics, arts, economy and more. 

JCMU Experience course (1 credit) : Explores Japanese culture and adjustment to life in Japan. 

Housing and Meals
JCMU offers students accommodations in either residence hall apartments or a home stay. Student apartments are designed for double occupancy, each with a private bedroom/study and shared kitchen and bathroom. Students are responsible for their own meals when they stay in the apartments.

Students participating in a home stay will have a private bedroom in the home. Two meals a day, breakfast and dinner, will be provided by the host family. Students are responsible for lunch and additional snacks.

Visa Requirements
Japan only requires students from the U.S. that are participating in programs longer than 90 days to get a student visa. If you are in a program that meets this requirement your Cultural Activities (semester) or Student (full year) visa will be processed through the JCMU office at Michigan State University. Post-acceptance materials that are listed on the online application will be used to file for visas. International students studying at Eastern Michigan University interested in this program should check if there are additional visa requirements. Learn more.

Application and Advising Notes
This program requires a dual application process in which both EMU and JCMU must approve students to participate. Students are required to attend an advising session as part of the application process.

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Eligible students can apply for other JCMU sponsored scholarships when available on the JCMU homepage. Financial aid and EMU scholarships can be applied to the tuition and fees for this program. Additional scholarships available for EMU students that wish to study abroad can be found through the
Office of Financial Aid and on our homepage.

*Students must have completed at least one semester at EMU within the last 12 months and be in good academic standing to be eligible to apply for semester/year programs.