Japan, Fukuoka

Program not offered in 2022 due to COVID-19

By Marina Delluc, 2017 participant

Scholarships & Funding

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Emi Ochiai Ahn

Residential Faculty of Japanese | World Languages Dept.
P: 480-461-7692
Office: 41 - Room: 103



Program Location

Map of Japan

Japan is home to 18 cultural and 4 natural UNESCO World Heritage sites that can be found throughout the country.

Fukuoka is in Kyushu Island with the population of 2.5 million, the sixth largest city in Japan. The average temperature in May is 90.1 degrees (high) and 60.1 degrees (low) with 10 inches of precipitation. It is bordered on the west, south, and east side by mountains and faces the Sea of Japan on the north. The city is approximately 677 miles and a 90-minute flight from Tokyo.

Fukuoka is the economic and industrial center of Kyushu Island and because it is very close to other Asian countries, the harbor has played an important role. Fukuoka has both historical places, represented by Dazaifu Shrine and modern aspects such as “Canal City” shopping and entertaining center.

Take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity in Fukuoka, Japan, where you will learn about the cultural/historical heritage and tradition of Japan as well as the current pop cultures represented by Anime or Manga, business, economic and entrepreneurial environments. Japan, the "Land of the Rising Sun," boasts the fifth largest economy in the world and has been known for decades as one of the world's cultural, technological, and economic hubs.

The city of Fukuoka has the highest rate of start-up businesses in Japan, which makes it the ideal location to study the business, economic and entrepreneurial environment! Fukuoka entrepreneurs will give international business presentations to participants.

Japanese cultural excursions will include visits to a local robot company, participation in Hakata doll painting and a Japanese tea ceremony, visits to the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine and Kyushu National and Kitakyushu Manga museums as well as the opportunity to watch a Japanese baseball game and hear a lecture on business management of a baseball team.

Optional excursions include: Aikido martial arts, Ohori Park Japanese Garden/Art Museum, and a kimono dress-up experience.

Highlights of your stay in Japan will include 4 nights with a Japanese host family and your participation in a “Business Start Up Weekend” workshop with Japanese students from the Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center at Kyushu University. This is a rare opportunity to establish relationships with Japanese current and future business leaders and to get a glimpse into trade etiquette and the way of life in Japan!

    Cultural Excursions

    (may vary from year to year)

    Courses Offered (6 credits)

    • IBS109 Cultural Dimension for International Trade (3 cr) [G, SB]
    • JPN115Beginning Japanese Conversation I (3 cr) OR
    • JPN116Beginning Japanese Conversation II (3 cr)
    • MCC instructors will accompany students while in Japan.
    • Mandatory study abroad orientation on Saturday, April TBA from 9 am - 2 pm at MCC.
    • Mandatory course orientation on Saturday, May TBA from 9 am - 2 pm at MCC.
    • Online coursework required from TBA prior to departure.

    Japan Program Details

    • Double occupancy lodging is provided except when staying with Japanese host family for 4 nights.
    • "Start-up Weekend” workshop includes working on teams with business ideas, product/services prototypes, customer validation, business model and execution as well as final business plans and presentations.
    • Long walks through town including staircases (without elevator access) may be required.

    Did You Know??

    • Currency used in Japan is Yen (sign ¥)
    • There are millions of vending machines in Japan, and they sell everything from candy and sodas to cell phones and iPods.
    • Japan has one of the world's largest economies even though it has few natural resources and must import most raw materials.
    • The Toyosu Market in central Tokyo is the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, replacing the Tsukiji Market in October 2018.
    • Baseball is Japan's most popular sport.
    • Tokyo, the capital of Japan, hosted the 2021 Summer Olympics Game.
    • Japan tops the global table of life expectancy, 83.7 years old, and the number over 100 years old has reached 67,000 people out of the whole population of 120 million.
    • Diversity Abroad Japan Destination Guide

    Estimated Program Costs & Deadlines

    Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

    Program Fee
    Includes lodging and 4-day homestay, academic facilities, cultural excursions, in-country ground transportation, and secondary medical insurance.

    How to Pay


    Program Fee Due: Friday, February 2022

    $250 Confirmation Deposit Due (towards total program fee): upon acceptance

    Confirmation deposit is non-refundable after the program fee payment deadline of Feb. TBA 2022.

    Registration Fee
    6 credits
    In-state: $85 per credit hour
    Out-of-state: $205 per credit hour

    How to Pay

    $ 15

    Airfare (estimated cost) $ TBA

    Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program. Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.

    Daily breakfasts included as well as meals when living with your host family for 4 days.
    Other meals are NOT included in program fee except for Farewell Dinner

    $ 180 Not needed until you land in Japan!
    TOTAL Estimated Costs $TBA (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals)
    Textbooks N/A

    Passport Info Here

    Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your return to the USA.


    Be sure to allow at least 14-18 weeks of processing time for first time applicants and renewals.
    Visit the U.S. Department of State website for current fees and processing times.
    Program Application Deadline
    Space is limited.
    Apply early to reserve your place!
    Check back during Fall semester 2022!
    • Application Deadline: TBA 2023
    • Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
    • Complete online application.
    • Applications are reviewed & approved on a rolling basis.

    Scholarships and Funding Your Program

    Title Date(s) More Information

    International Education

    1 application for 2 scholarships!

    IE Study Abroad Scholarship

    • Does NOT require FAFSA
    • If you are receiving financial aid from another MCCCD college, please share your FAFSA with MCC (school code 001077) two weeks prior to scholarship deadline.
    • Maximum Award: $1,000

    Maricopa Grant

    • Requires 2022-23 FAFSA
    • Maximum Award: Tuition for classes


    TBA 2023
    11:59 pm MST

    Get information on financial aid & grants, scholarships, and misc. resources for study abroad here.

    PRIOR to applying for a scholarship, student must:

    • Be accepted into the program you are applying for a scholarship to
    • Pay the program deposit of $250 online, at Cashier Services, or by calling 480.461.7400

    2023 Japan Study Abroad Scholarship Application:

    Global Ties Arizona Study Abroad Scholarship


    Award: $TBA

    For students interested in international relations, diplomacy, international trade or any area of international business, Global Ties offers a scholarship opportunity.

    Eligibility (subject to change):

    • Demonstrate an interest in any of the following areas: international development, international relations, international trade, international economics, or international business
    • Completed at least 12 credit hours of college work
    • Maintained a 3.0 or better GPA (transcripts must be submitted)
    • Priority will be given to youth representing a minority or disadvantaged group in the community that meet all the qualifications as indicated by Global Ties.
    • Letters of recommendation (2 professors/instructors).
    • Submit a 1,500 – 2,000 word research essay on the following subject: How can citizen diplomacy lessen conflict among nations?
    Title Date(s) More Information
    MCC Honors Program
    Study Abroad Scholarship

    Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2022

    Maximum Award: $500

    Must be in the Mesa Community College Honors Program.
    Awards announced in March.
    Applications are due by March 11, 2022 to the Honors Office.  For more information, call 480.461.7143.
    Title Date(s) More Information

    Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    Students apply through the college they are receiving financial aid from.

    Early Summer Application Deadline
    1st Tues. of October (awards announced in December)

    October 5, 2021
    11:59 PM PST

    Summer Application Deadline
    1st Tues. of March (awards announced in April)

    March 1, 2022
    11:59 PM PST

    Maximum Award: $5,000

    • Must be a Pell Grant recipient.  Students apply indicating the school they are receiving their Pell Grant funding from.
    • Applications are reviewed holistically, with consideration of the following selection criteria. View Gilman Presentation here!
    • Review Gilman Essays Writing Tips.
    • Review writing resources for ideas on crafting your Statement of Purpose:
    • Bring your draft to the Writing Center and get feedback on how to polish your diamond in the rough!
    • Watch videos of Gilman scholars abroad, alumni interviews, and tips from advisors and application reviewers on YouTube.
    • Note for Gilman application: For Program Administrator, select "Other" and indicate Mesa Community College
    Gillman-McCain Scholarship


    1st Tues. of October (awards announced in December)

    October 5, 2021
    11:59 PM PST

    Maximum Award: $5,000

    • Must be a Title IV federal financial aid recipient.  Title IV funds include:
      • Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans
      • Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
      • Direct PLUS Loans
      • Federal Pell Grants
      • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOGs)
      • Federal Perkins Loans
    • Must be a child dependent of an active duty military service member.
    • Use the same Gilman application system as other Gilman Scholarship applicants.  Applicants will simply confirm that they are child dependent of an active duty military member of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard).
    • If a student is receiving a Federal Pell Grant and is also a child dependent of an active duty military member, then the student is eligible for both Gillman scholarships and will automatically be considered for both but eligible to receive only one. If they are selected for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship, then they will no longer be considered for the Gilman Scholarship.

    Information Sessions & Mandatory Orientation

    Title Date(s) and Time More Information


    General Information Sessions

    1-1:50 pm

    February 4
    February 11
    February 18
    February 25


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    Financial Aid Contact Information

    Financial Aid FAQS

    At Southern & Dobson, contact Adela Bob at 480.461.7436 or at adela.bob@mesacc.edu.

    At Red Mountain, contact Tori Stanton in Financial Aid at 480.654.7760 or at tori.stanton@mesacc.edu.

    Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
    In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking, the Dream IDA accounts for the 2022 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2021. For information, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative. 
    Space is limited so apply early!

    Mandatory Orientation

    Sat., April 9, 2022

    9 am - 2 pm

    Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

    You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation!
    There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.