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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer, Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
As part of the Implementation Grant from the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the environment, Illinois College will be sending up to four students during the summer 2020 to participate in individual experiential learning programs in Japan.

The Research Abroad Program allows students to pend ten weeks working full-time as a researcher in a science laboratory at the Biwako-Kusastu (BKC) campus of Ritsumeikan University and living in the International House. For more information about BKC:  For more information about the international house:  If there are no laboratories at BKC that match a students interest, we may be able to arrange a host lab at another partner institution such as Kanazawa University. Contact Laura Corey ( for more information about the the available host labs.

Because students are expected to contribute scientifically to the host lab's work, this program is intended for students with a strong science background.  English is used in the lab setting, but Japanese language experience is preferred. Additionally, students will be expected to work with Japanese lab members on their English language skills including reviewing scientific posters and written reports.  The hosting labs are chosen based on student interests and our contacts with Ritsumeikan professors.  

Dates are flexible, but we anticipate that students will be in Japan from late May until late July 2020. 

The grant covers the following costs for each student: round-trip airfare to Japan, ground travel costs to the BKC campus, housing in a private room in the BKC campus International House, and $100 per week for extra food costs. Additionally, students will earn a $2100 stipend paid biweekly.

Students graduating in May 2020 may apply, but preference will be given to students returning to Illinois College after participation in the program. 

This application is due on 1 December 2019.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.