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  • Locations: Sendai, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A-Term 2018 01/31/2018 02/07/2018 06/17/2018 07/14/2018
Program Information:

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QUICK FACTS
Location Sendai, Japan
Academic Term Summer Quarter (A-Term) 2018
June 17- July 14, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,750
Credits 6 UW credits
Prerequisites Though there are no prerequisites, students may be selected for the program based on the science and engineering coursework they have taken at UW to ensure that participants have demonstrated an interest and intent to study science and engineering.
Program Directors Fumio Ohuchi
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions December 5, 2018 4-5pm in Roberts Hall 321
HIGHLIGHTS
General Exploring in the Heart of High-Tech provides a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience learning about creative science and engineering at one of Japan’s leading universities.
 

Program Description

Exploring in the Heart of High-Tech provides a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience learning about creative science and engineering at one of Japan’s leading universities. Lectures and laboratory work will introduce students to a wide range of engineering topics and techniques and broaden their understanding of engineering disciplines. In addition, students will engage with traditional and modern Japanese culture through language lessons, cultural activities, and field trips to engineering industry and cultural and historical sites.

This four-week program, specifically designed by Tohoku University for UW students, provides students with an introduction to science and engineering principles through a combination of lectures and activity-based laboratory projects at the new Creative Engineering Centre. UW students will participate in advanced lectures on topics including aeronautics, spintronics, robotics, materials, human-life design and disaster science. Program students will be also work with selected Tohoku engineering students as team collaborators on projects introducing key engineering concepts from different disciplines, including measuring human hairs with lasers, observing the particle nature of light, designing and constructing paper planes, electric motors and diode radios.

During the four-week program, lessons and site visits will show students how Japanese society impacts the country’s culture of science and engineering. The program provides Japanese language training and exposure to traditional local culture through workshops and site visits. Several field trips will take students to Japanese historical sites, a tour of a Japanese automotive manufacturer, electronics, and areas impacted by the 2011 tsunami.

Tohoku University is an ideal site for this program for several reasons. First of all, Tohoku is a key international partner for the UW College of Engineering. This program will increase the flow of students between our universities and strengthen the relationship between our colleges. Also, Tohoku University has committed to a mission of innovation with its Creative Engineering Centre that contains equipment necessary for developing and prototyping new discoveries; this space gives our students a state-of-the-art facility in which to build their engineering knowledge.

LOCATION

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Sendai, Japan

Housing

Students and the program staff assistant will stay at the Ark Hotel Sendai (www.ark-hotel.co.jp/sendai/) or similar accommodation facility. Single occupancy rooms will be available for students for four weeks for approximately 165,000 JPY ($1650 USD) per person that is included in the program fee. Students stayed in this hotel in 2017. It is conveniently located between the main campuses of Tohoku University and the main shopping and commerce areas of Sendai. It is also very close to a metro station, affording students easy transportation access around the city.

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Walking will likely be required during the 3-programmed field trips. Lab work may require standing for long periods. A cultural session on aikido requires some physical effort from students, though this can be modified based on students' accommodations.

Credits

6 UW Credits

Courses

ENGR 296: Engineering Japan: Exploring in the Heart of High-Tech (6 Credits)

Exploring in the Heart of High-Tech provides a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience learning about creative science and engineering at one of Japan’s leading universities.

Japan continues to be a world leader in technological, manufacturing, and engineering innovation. Exploring in the Heart of High-Tech provides a unique opportunity for freshman and sophomore students to learn about the state of the art technology that can be seen in various engineering products in Japan. Students will also get hands-in experience learning about creative science and engineering at one of Japan’s premier universities, Tohoku University.

This four-week program, specifically designed by Tohoku University for UW students, provides students with an introduction to science and engineering principles through a combination of lectures and activity-based laboratory projects at the new Creative Engineering Centre. UW students will participate in advanced lectures on topics including aeronautics, spintronics, robotics, materials, human-life design, and disaster science. Program students will be also work with selected Tohoku engineering students as team collaborators on projects introducing key engineering concepts from different disciplines, including measuring human hairs with lasers, observing the particle nature of light, designing and constructing paper planes, electric motors and wavelength radios.

During the four-week program, lessons and site visits will show students how Japanese society impacts the country’s culture of science and engineering. The program provides Japanese language training and exposure to traditional local culture through workshops and site visits. Several field trips will take students to Japanese historical sites, a tour of a Japanese automotive manufacturer, and areas impacted by the 2011 tsunami.

Learning goals include:
This course has been designed to provide students with the contextual engineering background to apply critical thinking skills to modern engineering problems in an international context. Through this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand key information about advanced engineering concepts and their application in professional engineering practice

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of engineering culture and practice in Japan

  • Utilize technical design skills

  • Work effectively in diverse teams

  • Articulate your own academic and professional goals related to science and engineering

  • Communication at an introductory level in Japanese and apply the language in real-world contexts

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Fumio Ohuchi, Materials Science & Engineering, Program Director
ohuchi@uw.edu

Tiffany Tang, Teaching Assistant, Student of Materials Science & Engineering
titang@uw.edu

FINANCES

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Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,750

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,300)
  • Food (about $40/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS

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Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Visas

UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.