Comparative Health Care Study in Japan


Japan: Hikone, Kansai


JCMU offers students the chance to experience the Comparative Health Care Study in Japan Program, which is the perfect opportunity to earn international experience in the field of health care, pre-med, and nursing. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Michigan State University, the Shiga University of Medical Sciences, and the member universities of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU Consortium) are among the cosponsors.


This program is comprised of three main components: a Japanese language course focusing on intensive study of medical terminology/health care-related Japanese language and culture, a keystone course on comparative health care, and internships tailored to each participant's area of interest providing an experience working in health care-related institutions or community based service organizations in Japan. JCMU partners with the Shiga University of Medical Sciences (SUMS) for this program, allowing JCMU students to work alongside with graduate students, researchers and professors.




Early May - June

Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)


Eligible applicants must complete at least 2 semesters of college in the U.S., hold a 2.5 minimum GPA, and discuss their interest in health care in their application essay. Students from all biomedical fields are encouraged to apply. Students may come from any university. Prior knowledge of Japanese language is not required.

Minimum Education

High School

Intern Types

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Nursing


  • Japanese

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching

  • Japanese
  • English

Subject Areas

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Health Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Internship Programs
  • Medicine
  • Neuroscience And Behavior
  • Nursing
  • Occupational, Environ. Health
  • Optometry And Vision Sciences
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pre-med
  • Science

Cost in US$:


Program Fees Include:

Price includes tuition, housing, health insurance, internship placement and supervision, and course materials/textbooks. Price does not include travel to Japan and all meals.

Credit Available


Experience Required


This Program is open to

American Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Dormitory
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Scholarships are Available

Students from Michigan's 15 public universities receive an automatic scholarship. JCMU also accepts financial aid packages from other universities.

Application Process Involves

  • Disciplinary Clearance Form
  • Essay
  • Letters of Reference
  • Transcript
  • Written Application

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network