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  • Locations: Hikone, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring / Summer, Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring / Summer 2022 01/28/2022 02/04/2022 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)
Location: Hikone, Japan
Programs: Semester, Year, Spring, Summer

The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) study abroad program is a product of the strong sister-state relationship between the State of Michigan and Shiga Prefecture. It is located on the shore of Lake Biwa in the City of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Our programs are dedicated to building relationships between Japanese, Americans, and other nationalities through active learning and participation in language, culture, family life and society. JCMU has been welcoming students of all majors since 1989. Students do not need to attend a member university to participate.

What to learn about the city of Hikone? Visit Lonely Planet here

Eligibility & Prerequisites
Will vary based on program choice.

Program Dates & Deadlines
Will vary based on program choice.

Programs of Study
  • Semester or Year Japanese Language & Culture
  • Summer Intensive Language & Culture
  • Summer Internship 
  • Comparative Health Care
  • Comparative Social Organization & Control
  • Cross-Cultural Business Communication
  • Environmental Sciences in Japan
  • Hospitality & Tourism in Japan
Visit the JCMU website to determine program dates and specifics.
Course Registration
Students register for specified courses at UM-Flint based on program choice. 

Language(s) of Instruction
Japanese & English

Program Cost
Will vary based on program choice. Students are billed a program fee which usually includes tuition, housing, books, course materials, and health insurance.

Students can live at the JCMU apartments or choose a home stay.
  • JCMU Apartments: Student apartments are designed for double occupancy, each with a private bedroom/study and shared kitchen and bathroom. Each apartment is separately metered for utilities, including telephones, and the Housing Fee covers apartment rent, utilities, maintenance, and interim period cleaning. Kitchenware (dishes, utensils, pots and pans) come standard in each room, as does bedding. The kitchen is equipped with a stovetop (no oven), sink, cupboards, mini-fridge, microwave and toaster oven. Food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies must be purchased by the students. Students must purchase their own food from the local grocery story and cook their own meals, though a CoCo's restaurant is attached to the JCMU Academic Building and many students eat there for lunch.
  • Home Stay: Home stays with local families offer the ultimate opportunity to meet and interact with Japanese people. All students participating in a home stay will have their own bedroom and no home stay will be further than an hour's commute from JCMU by train and bicycle. JCMU will cover the cost of commuting on class days if the student needs to use a train. Home stays will include two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. The student is then responsible for lunch and any additional meals or snacks they may want.
Other Expenses
  • Airfare to Japan
  • Passport
  • Visa (if required)
  • Meals
  • Local transporation in Japan

  1. Check eligibility requirements and dates for the program

  2. Register for the program by clicking “Apply Now” 

  3. Meet with the academic coordinator of the program (Dr. Roy Hanashiro) to review program and course registration information

  4. Apply and submit all requested items to JCMU 

  5. Register for the appropriate course(s) in SIS

  6. Confirm housing arrangement

  7. Apply for a student travel visa

  8. Book airline ticket

  9. Pay appropriate UM-Flint tuition/fees

  10. Travel abroad and notify the UM-Flint Education Abroad Office of your safe arrival