2018 Summer School Program in Okayama, Japan | Exchange Program

Applications are invited for the 2018 Summer School Program in Okayama, Japan.

The SETOUCHI region, where Okayama University is located, is in the central part of western Japan, facing the Seto Inland Sea, which has about three thousand islands. The inhabitants of the region have led their own way of life since ancient times. Thanks to its rich natural resources, beautiful nature, and convenient location on shipping routes, this region used to be economically flourishing and a unique culture developed. However, urbanization and industrialization have polluted the sea and islands. Younger people have also been giving up an inconvenient life style and moving to cities for better opportunities. Thus, Setouchi is confronted by serious environmental and social issues, such as sea and river pollution, and the difficulties concerned with a super-aged society living in old mountain villages, etc.

This two-week summer school program aims to provide students from all around the world with opportunities to learn about the Setouchi region and to advance the SDGs with a clear picture of Setouchi’s past, present and future through a lecture series, concerning topics such as the revitalization of mountain villages, tourism in a small island, community involvement in the historical town, Kurashiki, the Setouchi Art Festival, and its influence on local people’s lifestyles.

Host Country:
  • Japan
Host University:
  • 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 offer a variety of stimulating programs for students interested in all fields of study. At Okayama University, you can gain a unique learning experience which will positively impact the future success of your academic and professional career.
Program Location:
  • Okayama
Program Duration:
  • 14 days
Program Dates:
  • Period:July 1, 2018 (Sunday) – July 14 2018, (Saturday)
Program Areas:

This summer school program offers many opportunities to learn about the natural environment and society from the point of view of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and to conduct field work in Kurashiki city and on Naoshima Island.

  • Lecture Topics: SDGs, Setouchi’s natural environment, Satoyama conservation, Social issues in Setouchi, Community learning center, Living with cultural heritage, Sustainable tourism development, Naoshima’s contemporary art and architecture, etc.
  • Japanese Language Program (Novice-Intermediate)
  • Field Work: Historical areas in Kurashiki city & Naoshima Island.
  • Optional excursions (A visit to a hot spring (Onsen), Hiroshima, or Himeji)
Program Benefits:
  • This program offers excellent opportunities to learn about the natural environment and society from the point of view of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and to conduct fieldwork in Kurashiki city and on Naoshima Island.
  • Those who successfully complete the program will be awarded a certificate and 3 credits from the Center for Global Partners and Education, Okayama University.
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Undergraduate students who are studying in universities with which Okayama University has an agreement for academic or student exchange will be given priority.
  • Undergraduate students from other overseas higher education institutions are also encouraged to apply. However, such candidates cannot be considered as candidates for the JASSO scholarship.
  • Students who are non-native speaker of English must submit one of the following documents as proof of English proficiency
    • TOEFL iBT 61 or above
    • IELTS 5.5 with an equivalent mark of the CEFR B2 level or above
    • Other English test scores which can be considered as equivalent to the CEFR B2 level or above.

For more information, Please visit the official website

Required Documents:

The following two documents are required. Please scan them and attach PDF files with your application.

  • Current Enrollment Certificate
  •  Academic Transcript
How to Apply:

Students may apply for this summer school program through the following web site.

Application Deadline:

The application deadlines are:

  • First deadline: Feb 14, 2018 (Wednesday)
  • Second deadline: March 7, 2018 (Wednesday)

Students who are applying from one of our partner institutions and have an academic record of good standing are encouraged to apply for our scholarship program (80,000 JPY).
The official transcript from our partner institutions submitted with students’ applications for this Summer Program will be referred to when consideration is given to which students satisfy the criteria for the scholarship. The award decision will be made on June 1, 2018 (Friday).