Summer Program 2017 June 22 - July 14

“The Environment and People in Globalization”

Okayama University

Center for Global Partnership and Education

1.Purpose of the Summer Program 2017

The impact of globalization on people and the environment has recently become the subject of major debate. During the first two weeks of the summer seminar, participants are required to take classes across various academic subjects related to the people, culture, and environmental issues in Japan. During the final week, participants will form teams with top Japanese students at Okayama University and will prepare presentations on selected topics to be presented at the International Conference for the Future Generation of the World Leader 2017.


2.About Okayama University

Okayama University is a top-class national research university with over 140 years of history. We have 11 faculties, 7 graduate schools, and various programs. At Okayama University, you can gain a unique learning experience which will positively impact the future success of your academic and professional career. In 2007, UNESCO approved the establishment of the UNESCO Chair in Research and Education for Sustainable Development at Okayama University. Since 2015, Okayama University has had the special honor of being one of the few higher education institutions selected by the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a Super Global University.

3.About Okayama

Okayama, known as the “Land of Sunshine”, is relatively safe from natural disasters and the crime rate is low. The terrain within the city is flat so it is easy to get around by bicycle. The university is conveniently located relatively near Okayama station, which is a central hub. You can get to Kyoto in 60 minutes and to Tokyo in three and a half hours by bullet train.

4.Details about Okayama University Summer Program 2017

 ●Period: June 22 (Thursday), 2017 – July 14 (Friday), 2017
 ●Certificate & Credit:
   Those who successfully complete the program will be awarded a certificate and 3
  credits from the Center for Global Partners and Education, Okayama University.
 ●Total number of participants: 45 maximum (Minimum number: 20)
  If the total number of qualified applicants does not meet this minimum number,
  this summer program may be cancelled. The decision about whether this program
  will be carried out will be made and announced by May 24.
 ●Program Contents:
   2017 Summer Program Schedule(Tentative)    Syllabus(Tentative)
 This program offers many opportunities to learn about the people and culture of Japan,
 environmental sciences, medical science, and to explore the Okayama region.
  A) Lecture Topics: Environmental Sciences, Health Science, Waste Management,
    Archaeology, Global Education, Haiku (Japanese poem),Noh Theater, etc.
  B) Japanese Language Program (Novice-Intermediate)
  C) Excursions and Field Work:
  D) Optional excursions
     NOTE: Fees for the optional excursions are not included in our calculation
     of tuition and fees.

5.Eligibility of Application

Undergraduate students who are studying in universities with which Okayama University has agreement for academic or student exchange will be given priority. Undergraduate students from other overseas higher education institutions are also encouraged to apply. However, cannot receive the tuition waiver and cannot be considered for the JASSO scholarship.

6.Language Requirements

Since English is the medium language of instruction in this program, you are required to be proficient in the English language. If you are non-native speaker of English, please submit any of the following documents as proof that you meet the standard as follows:
   TOEFL iBT 61 or above
   IELTS 5.0 with the remark of the CEFR B2 level or above
   Other English test score which can be consider as the CEFR B2 level or above.
   NOTE: CEFR stands for Common European Framework of Reference for
      Languages standard
     *If you have any questions regarding this English proficiency requirement,
     please contact our program coordinator (see #13).


  ●For students from partner institutions :
                            Tuition      Waiver
                            Fees    125,000 JPY
  ●For students from the non-partner institutions:
                            Tuition   44,400 JPY
                            Fees    125,000 JPY
  ●Accommodation (Options available – Price varies)
                              69,000 – 122,000 JPY
  NOTE: The above costs exclude the cost of air ticket and transportation from your
      country to Okayama as well as all personal expenses such as travel insurance,
    food, commuting transportation, etc.

8.Scholarship Opportunity for Students from Partner Institutions:

If you are applying from our partner institutions and maintain good standing on your academic record, you are encouraged to apply for our scholarship program (80,000 JPY).
The official transcript from our partner institutions submitted with your application for this Summer Program will be referred whether you satisfy the JASSO’s criteria for the scholarship. The award decision will be made on May 31.      JASSO's criteria


All participants are required to arrange travel insurance in their home countries before departing to Japan.

10.How to Apply:

You may apply to this summer program through the following web site. The application deadline is April 24, 2017 (Monday).
The following two documents are required for application. Please scan them and attach PDF files with your application.
   1. Current Enrollment Certificate
   2. Academic Transcript

11.Application Acceptance Result

The application acceptance result will be announced within 7 days after we receive the application. We will also inform you of your nomination for JASSO scholarship candidacy if you are found to be eligible and qualified. Prompt application is highly recommended since the total number of scholarship recipients is limited.


An entry Visa to Japan is needed for students from certain countries. As soon as selection results are determined, related visa documents will be sent to the person-in-charge at your university. Please apply for your visa at the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate.


Should you have any questions, please contact the following person:
    Contact Person: Mike Kitatsugi (NTA Business Support)
    Direct : +81-90-8129-7623 FAX : +81-6-4796-3737
    Nippon Travel Agency Co., Ltd
    Okayama Branch Chu-shikoku Convention Group
    2-1-7,Ekimae-cho,Kita-ku, Okayama, 700-0023 Japan

    Regarding academic matters:
    Program Coordinator
    Dr. Nobuyuki Kambara, Professor
    Center for Global Partnerships and Education