Japan, Fukuoka

May 24-June 10, 2020 - Applications Now Open!

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


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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]
    • JPN115 Beginning Japanese Conversation I (3 cr) OR
    • JPN116 Beginning Japanese Conversation II (3 cr)
    • MCC instructors will accompany students while in Japan.
    • Mandatory study abroad orientation on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 9 am - 2 pm at MCC.
    • Mandatory course orientation on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 9 am - 2 pm at MCC.
    • Online coursework required from May 11-21, 2020 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 Tsukiji Market in central Tokyo is the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.
    • Baseball is Japan's most popular sport.
    • Japanese food, aka Washoku, made UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list and since 2011 Japan tops Michelin-starred restaurants in number in the world!
    • Tokyo, capital of Japan, will host 2020 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.
    • Read more detailed cultural information on Japan provided by CultureGrams™.
      Japan (2019). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.

    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 28, 2020

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

    Confirmation deposit is non-refundable after the program fee payment deadline of Feb. 28, 2020.

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

    How to Pay

    $ 15

    Registration for Summer term begins in March.

    Tuition Due: Upon registration for courses

    If not a current MCC student, you must admit yourself to MCC prior to registering for courses.

    For tuition payment options, visit: www.maricopa.edu/become-a-student/tuition-paying/payment-options

    For payment assistance, call 480.461.7400 or contact Cashier Services.

    Airfare (estimated cost) $1,695

    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 $5,399 (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 6 weeks of processing time for first time applicants and renewals.
    Visit the U.S. Department of State Students Abroad website for current fees and processing times.
    Program Application Deadline
    Space is limited. Apply early to reserve your place!

    Application Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
    Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

    Complete online application.
    Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.

    Scholarships and Funding Your Program

    Title Date(s) More Information

    International Education

    Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
    11:59 pm MST

    Maximum Award: $1,000

    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 a applying for a scholarship to
    • Pay the program deposit of $250 online, at Cashier Services, or by calling 480.461.7400.

    2020 Study Abroad Scholarship: link TBA

    Global Ties Arizona Study Abroad Scholarship

    Deadline: October 1, 2019
    5 pm MST
    Award: $2,000

    For students interested in international relations, diplomacy, international trade or any area of international business, Global Ties offers a $2,000 scholarship opportunity.


    • 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?

    MCC Honors Program Scholarship

    Up to $500 Award

    Deadline: February 14, 2020

    Submit to Honors Office

    If you are a current MCC Honors Program student in good standing, you can apply for up to a $500 study abroad scholarship!

    Honors Program Study Abroad Scholarship Application

    Title Date(s) More Information

    Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    Must be a Pell Grant recipient!

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

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

    October 1, 2019
    11:59 PM CST

    Summer Application Deadline
    1st Tues. of March (awards announced in April)
    11:59 PM CST

    Maximum Award: $5,000

    Information Sessions & Mandatory Orientation

    Title Date(s) More Information

    General Information Sessions

    Room AS196
    (Building 4)

    TUESDAYS: 1:30-2:15 pm
    September 10 & 24, 2019
    October 8 & 22, 2019
    November 5, 2019

    WEDNESDAYS: 12-12:45 pm
    September 11 & 25, 2019
    October 9 & 23, 2019
    November 6, 2019

    Financial Aid Workshops at Southern & Dobson
    2:15-3 pm following Tuesday Info Sessions
    12:45-1:30 pm following Wednesday Info Sessions

    Financial Aid FAQS

    For study abroad financial aid information, contact Juan Carlos Sanchez at 480.461.7312 or at juan.carlos.sanchez@mesacc.edu.

    Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
    In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2020 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2019. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative. 
    Space is limited so apply early!

    General Information Sessions

    Student Life Conference Room M214
    (Mesquite Building)

    MONDAYS 11-11:45 am
    September 9 & 23, 2019
    October 7 & 21, 2019
    November 4, 2019
    January 27, 2020
    February 3, 2020

    THURSDAYS 12:30-1:15 pm
    September 12 & 26, 2019
    October 10 & 24, 2019
    November 7, 2019
    January 30, 2020
    February 6, 2020

    Financial Aid Workshops at Red Mountain
    11:45 am-12:30 pm following Monday Info Sessions
    1:15 pm-2 pm following Thursday Info Sessions

    Financial Aid FAQS

    For study abroad financial aid information at Red Mountain, contact Tori Stanton 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 2020 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2019. For infomation, 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 4, 2020

    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.