The MIT-Japan Program empowers MIT students and faculty to advance knowledge and solve the world’s great challenges by connecting them with leading researchers, companies, and other partners in Japan. Founded in 1981 by Professor Richard Samuels, the MIT-Japan Program prepares MIT students to be global citizens by training and giving them a first-hand look at knowledge creation in Japan. The Program offers students opportunities to work and conduct research at leading Japanese universities, companies, and institutions. MIT students can also study abroad and earn transfer credit at University of Tokyo (Course 2, 3) and Tokyo Tech (Course 22) in Japan. The ULVAC-Hayashi Seed Fund facilitates dozens of research collaborations between MIT faculty and their Japanese counterparts.
Our approach to collaboration is grounded in delivering bi-directional value: contribute to the research, education, and innovation while providing opportunities for MIT students to gain fluency in navigating different cultural contexts.
MISTI’s award-winning international internship program provides a one-of-a-kind, world-class experience for MIT students: the opportunity to gain real-life work experience in leading companies and labs around the world. Best of all, all expenses are paid, including airfare.
MIT-Japan provides students with internships and research at leading companies, research labs and universities in Japan. Internships last from 10 weeks to 12 months and are fully-funded. This means that, if you are selected as a MIT-Japan Program intern, there are no program costs to participate!
Study Abroad at the University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo is the top Japanese university. It produces socially impactful research to find solutions for the world’s most pressing issues and has the top scholars in their faculty. MIT has formal exchange program agreements with Course 2 and 3 departments.
Tokyo Institute of Technology, affectionately know at Tokyo Tech is one of the best universities in Japan. MIT has a special relationship with their Nuclear Engineering department.
We are currently considering if it is possible to travel to Japan during IAP
COVID policy update for Japan:
Japan is currently considered a Level 3 (High Level of COVID-19 in Japan) country by the US State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People who are traveling to Japan are required to quarantine for 10-days if you are vaccinated. However, Japan is not allowing any non-Japanese citizens and non-residents to enter Japan.
We are monitoring the situation to see if we can travel to Japan in January 2022. Although we cannot travel at this time, we are proceeding with the application process for the IDJ2022 and the MIT-Japan Program @MISTI's limited scholarship opportunity for IDJ2022.
Please note the MISTI IDJ funding / scholarship will give preference to those who are studying Japanese language or cultural courses and/or have plans to include Japan in their career trajectory.
When asking for a letter of recommendation, please:
1. Fill the front side of this form and give this form to your recommender; 2. give your recommender at least two-weeks advance notice for you to write a letter/fill this form out (this is common etiquette); and 3. inform the recommender why you are applying for the IDJ/MISTI-Japan funding including your motivation of going to and interest in Japan.
Please note that IDJ2022 may become a virtual program.
Start your application here.
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