Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities for Japan Studies

This page is devoted to upcoming scholarship, testing, job fairs, conference submissions, internships and other deadlines of interest to our students. See Scholarships and Funding page for more comprehensive list of funding opportunities on an ongoing basis.

The 69th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) in Japan

The Deadline for the 2017 conference was December 31, 2016

JASC was a deeply impactful experience for me personally, and I highly encourage anyone with an interest in Japan, travel, and/or multicultural friendship to apply” – Dorothy Tsai (BS Computer Science/BA Japanese Literature ’16).

The 69th JASC will take place from August 3-28, 2017 in four regions in Japan. Students from all fields of study are welcome to apply. Students represent their university and country in a multidimensional dialogue about US-Japan relations, delving into critical topics ranging from global and regional security to minorities and social advocacy. It is a chance to learn firsthand from panels with established leaders in business, government and academia, as well as offering the chance to partake in educational site visits and cultural activities as the delegation travels to four distinct regions across Japan. Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate institutions in the U.S. are eligible to apply. No language background in Japanese is required, as the conference will be conducted in English. There are no requirements regarding ethnicity and nationality.


Inter-University Center Intensive Language Program

The deadline for the Nippon Foundation Fellows is in December for following academic year.

Fellows will receive a full tuition scholarship plus a modest living stipend to attend the 10-month immersion program in advanced Japanese at the IUC in Yokohama.

Deadline for the Fellowship: Dec. 15, 2017.

The deadline for IUC application is in January for following academic year.

Inter University Center is an intensive language program located in Yokohama Japan. They offer both summer intensive and 10-month programs for Japanese language study. Fellowships and scholarships are available.

Deadline for the 10-Month program: Jan. 16, 2018.


Sakae Japan Internship Program

Sakae Japan Internship Program helps match independent Japanese companies with interns. All companies provide plane tickets and housing for their interns for the duration of their stay.  (This program is part of the Sakae Institute of Study Abroad company which was founded in 1972 to support Japanese students who want to study abroad in the United States.) In order to be matched with an internship through the program, one must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an American university. Almost all internships organized through the program arrange flights and housing for their interns. Any compensation beyond that depends on the specific program and intern’s circumstances. All matching services, support, and post-internship career counseling provided by the Sakae Japan Internship Program are provided free of charge to the intern.