The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japan Foundation have selected the University of Montana and the Mansfield Center to participate in the KAKEHASHI Project grant, which will send 23 UM undergraduate or graduate students and two supervisors to Japan for a one week guided business, culture, and policy exchange program managed by the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). This will be an opportunity for students to be exposed to Japan’s rich economy, society, history, diverse culture, politics and diplomatic relations. The group will be joined by other university students from the United States and across the world in Tokyo and rural regions to participate in this international education program.
The trip will include meetings with government and business officials, culture tours and walking tours, lectures on Japanese society, and the opportunity to travel in Japan, including in Tokyo and to another prefecture. The program may include visits to farms and a rural prefecture.
This program provides students with the opportunity to travel abroad and learn more about Japan at a very limited cost. The majority of the program expenses--including international airfare, lodging, activity fees, and some meals--are paid for by the sponsor at no cost to the student.
The KAKEHASHI Project is designed to support the following objectives:
- To promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and the USA to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation.
- To promote a global understanding of Japan’s economy, society, history, diverse culture, politics and foreign policy
- To disseminate information on Japan’s attractions through social media and other communication platforms.
This year's focus is on business in Japan and business relations with Japan.
All participants are expected to support these program goals.
While the program provides a valuable introduction to Japan that will compliment many areas of study, this program does not include academic credit. Some departments and faculty may be able to offer students credit for an independent study course centered on the program, but students will be responsible for arranging such courses on their own.
The program takes place in the middle of the spring semester. Students who are accepted into the program are responsible for informing professors of their participation in the program and making all arrangements for missed coursework.
Housing and Meals
Lodging and most meals in Japan are provided by the program sponsor.
The following expenses are paid for by the program sponsor:
- Round trip international airfare from Missoula, Montana to and from Japan (economy class)
- Excess baggage fees are the participant's responsibility
- Accommodation in Japan (rooms will be shared with one or two other students of the same gender)
- Meals in Japan within the Program
- Transportation and admission fees for scheduled activities in Japan
Participants are responsible for all other costs, including:
- Passport fees
- Excess baggage
- GeoBlue Worldwide Health Insurance (applied for through the Mansfield Center, total cost $23.90)
Participants who are accepted into the program and confirm their participation but then cancel will be responsible for any and all cancellation fees assessed by the program's Japanese partners. These fees may include the cost of cancelling pre-booked flights and lodging, and part or all of the cost of their airline ticket based upon how close to the departure date they cancel. Exceptions may be made for personal and medical emergencies.
March 5, 2018 - March 13, 2018
Please Note: Program dates are inclusive of departure and return dates.
Accepted participants are also expected to attend two evening pre-departure orientations in February, dates to be determined.
Applications will close at midnight on December 24
Those accepted into the program or for the waitlist will be informed of their selection on January 10. If an applicant is accepted into the program or waitlist, they must confirm their participation and provide the Mansfield Center with 1) the required paperwork provided with their acceptance letter, including a completed KAKEHASHI Project entry form, a photo of the participant, and a signed letter of understanding; and 2) the student health form by January 17. All forms may be submitted eletronically for students who are traveling for the winter break. Applicants who do not confirm their participation and provide these materials may lose their place in the program.
Applicants are expected to pay their GeoBlue health insurance fee by January 26. Original forms must also be submitted to the Mansfield Center office by this date for participants who provided them electronically.
Passport Copy Submission
You are required to upload a copy of the picture page of your passport with your application if you have one. If you do not currently have a passport, you may still apply for the program if you have applied for an expedited passport. Students are expected to provide a copy of the picture page of their passport by January 17.
The program is open to University of Montana applicants from all majors, but the primary focus is on business in Japan.
Applicants must meet one or more
of the following criteria:
- Be enrolled in the College of Business
- Be studying Japanese language and/or culture
- Have a demonstrated interest in Japan
will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Are enrolled in the College of Business
- Have been involved in study, research, or activities related to Japan or Japanese language/culture for over 1 year
- Have been involved in business related to Japan or Japanese products/services for over 1 year
In addition, all applicants must meet
the following requirements:
- Have had little to no travel and/or study abroad experience in Japan and have not visited Japan through any Japanese government sponsored invitation program
- Must have a passport valid through the program dates or must have applied for an expedited passport
- Enrolled in the University of Montana
- US citizen or US permanent resident (special stipulations for U.S. permanent residents apply)
- Understand the program goals and be willing to complete post-program questionnaires and share overseas experience and relevant post-program activities through social media as well as blogging, report writing and/or public programs
- Be a responsible team player willing to travel in large groups who is adventurous, willing to try new foods and cultural experiences, respectful to foreign cultures, and has a strong desire to promote intercultural understanding
Japanese Health Entry Requirements
Participants who are running a temperature greater than 100.4 F on the day of departure will not be allowed to travel to Japan. Participants with the following symptoms will be evaluated by supervisors (in consultation with a doctor if necessary) to determine if they may travel to Japan or not: feeling feverish or chill, sore throat, cough, stuffy or runny nose, headache or muscle ache.
- Experience Japanese culture while learning more about international business in Japan
- Share your experiences through blogging and social media
Program participants will be accompanied by two U.S. supervisors who will assist JICE staff in overseeing the program and with addressing any participant questions, concerns, or emergencies. JICE Staff will also serve as Program Coordinators who supervise the program and handle translations.
Japan at a Glance
Climate:Temperate with four distinct seasons.
Location:East Asia, bordering on the East China Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk, the Sea of Japan, and the Pacific Ocean. Close to China, Russia, and the Korean Peninsula.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Caitlin Sager, Mansfield Center Program Coordinator, at (406) 243-2965 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.