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Fact Sheet:
Candice Snowden
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study:
Culture, Japanese Languages & Literature, Public Health
Host Institution:
Japan Center for Michigan Universities
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Language Prerequisite:
0 College-Level Semester
Program Provider:
Japan Center for Michigan Universities
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Summer Program Duration:
6 weeks
Family Home Stay, Residence Hall
In Classes With:
All US Students
Minimum Class Standing:
1st Semester Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
Classification of Credits Available:
Program Description:

JCMU - Health & Culture


Explore Japan's unique approaches to health, healthcare, and public health firsthand!



Length: 4-5 weeks, from mid-May through mid-June

Credits: 6

Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan

Housing: JCMU Residence Hall

Eligibility: Minimum 2.5 GPA, open to college students of all majors

Language of instruction: English

Program fees: Health & Culture of Japan budget sheet

Tuition discounts: Students attending a JCMU Consortium school pay a discounted rate 



Summary: Explore Japan's unique approaches to health, healthcare, and public health firsthand! This program is designed to explore the vast effect of culture on Japan's health, healthcare, and public health while experiencing key aspects Eastern and Western medicine.

Not only will you be introduced to Japanese health issues facing the nation today, but you will also be given a chance to travel around the country to hear from leaders in the field. For example, past students have gone to Hiroshima, where an atomic bomb survivor recalled the harrowing aftermath of the devastation that occurred. Past students also visited the World Health Organization Kobe Centre, where experts discussed the current health issues they are combating in Japan.

Location: Built as a castle town during the early 1600s, Hikone retains much of its original charm. Spend your time visiting sites such as Hikone Castle, one of only twelve Japanese castles to remain in its original construction. After a day of sightseeing, head back to our campus directly on the shores of Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan and the third oldest lake in the entire world. 

Looking for modern conveniences? In Hikone's vibrant downtown area, you can chill out in large malls, eat at a wide variety of restaurants, and even sing your heart out at one of many karaoke shops. Want to explore other parts of Japan? The city is only a short train ride away from the cities of Kyoto and Osaka, and on the bullet train line to Tokyo.

Cultural demonstrations: Visit the local Japanese universities, travel the country with your classmates, and engage in weekly cultural activities right on JCMU's campus.

Field trips & other benefits: You will be provided with your own bike to use while on the program. In addition, you will have the chance to go on a field excursion with your classmates! The location & date of the excursion are subject to change on a yearly basis, but past students have been taken to Kyoto, Nara, Uji, and more.



You will take the following classes while you are on the program: 

  • (3 credits) Comparative Health, Healthcare, and Public Health: This keystone course presents healthcare models and systems within the context of quality, access, cost, and policy. Classroom experience is enhanced with site visits and guest lectures. You will observe professionals in both traditional and highly-developed technological health-related settings, including clinics hospitals, and research centers.
  • (3 credits) Introduction to Japanese Culture & Society: This course will present you with the opportunity to further explore the foundations of Japanese culture and society and how they shape the lives of the Japanese people, which will help you understand the culture that you will be living in. Classroom lectures will be enhanced with guest lectures, site visits, and Japanese cultural demonstrations and activities.


Want to learn what past students have said about their time in Hikone? Or do you want to read about what our recent students have been up to? Then visit the Alumni Testimonials and Events sections of the JCMU Official Blog!

World Health Organization VistVisiting HiroshimaVisiting Health ProfessionalsKiyomizu Temple

Based at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in the picturesque city of Hikone on the shores of Lake Biwa, this is a 3.5 week early summer program with an internship component.

Check their website for multimedia tours of the JCMU site on the shores of Lake Biwa:

Requirements:  No prior Japanese language study is required.  Students in various health care related fields and majors are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline:  second Friday in February.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
NOTE: Please check the partner program website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above is the date when UMass materials, signature documents, and questionnaires need to be handed in or completed. If the program start and end dates read "TBA," consult the program's website or your IPO advisor.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.