Japan, Fukuoka

June 3 - 19, 2019

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By Marina Delluc, 2017 participant

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


  • 2019 Itinerary (coming soon!)

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. These sites range from Shiretoko National Park in the north island of Hokkaido, the shrines and temples of  Nikko, the sacred pilgrimage sites in the Kii Mountain Range, the Ogasawara Islands - the Galapagos of Japan,and even the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

In Fukuoka, Japan, you will learn about the cultural and 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 participating in a Japanese tea ceremony, a visit to the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine, participation in a martial arts class and a Kimono dress up experience.  Anime-related activities are optional.

Highlights of your stay in Japan will include 3 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!

Did You Know?

  • Currency used in Japan is Yen (sign ¥)
  • Anime-related product sales in Japan in 2016 rose 116% from the previous year and were approximately two billion three hundred million dollars (¥ 230,000,000,000)
  • 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.

Cultural Excursions (may vary from year to year)

Courses Offered (6 credits)

  • IBS109   18334 Cultural Dimension for International Trade (3 cr) [G, SB]
  • JPN115 18105 Beginning Japanese Conversation I (3 cr) OR
  • JPN116 18106 Beginning Japanese Conversation II (3 cr)
  • MCC instructors will accompany students while in Japan!
  • Online coursework required from May 28-31, 2019 prior to departure.

Estimated Program Costs

Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

Program Fee
Includes lodging and 3-day homestay, academic facilities, cultural excursions, in-country ground transportation, and secondary medical insurance.


Program Fee Due: March 1, 2019

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

$  15

Registration for Summer term begins in March.

Tuition Due: Upon registration for courses

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

Airfare (estimated cost) $1,975

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 and 2 dinners are included as well as meals when living with your host family for 3 days.
Most meals are NOT included in program fee

$440 Not needed until you land in Japan!
TOTAL Estimated Costs $5,918  (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals)
Textbooks N/A  
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.

Passport Information Available Here

Study Abroad Japan Program Details

  • Double occupancy lodging is provided except when staying with Japanese host family for 3 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.

Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

General Information Sessions

Enrollment Center EC115A
(Building 39)

TUESDAYS: 1:30-2:15 pm
January 29, 2019
February 12, 2019

WEDNESDAYS: 12-12:45 pm
January 30, 2019
February 13, 2019

Financial Aid Workshops at Southern & Dobson
2:15-3:15 pm following Tuesday Info Sessions
12:45-1:45 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 2019 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2018. For information, 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
January 28, 2019
February 11, 2019

THURSDAYS: 12:30-1:15 pm
January 31, 2019
February 14, 2019

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

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 2019 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2018. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative.  Space is limited so apply early!

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
2nd Tues. in October
(awards announced in February)
11:59 PM CST

Summer Application Deadline
March 5, 2019 (awards announced in April)
11:59 PM CST

Maximum Award: $5,000

MCC Honors Program
Study Abroad Scholarship

Friday, February 15, 2019

Maximum Award: $500

Must be in the Mesa Community College Honors Program.
Awards announced in March.
Applications are due by February 15, 2019 to the Honors Office.  For more information, call 480.461.7143.
International Education

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019
11:59 PM MST

Maximum Award: $1,000

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

Student must be accepted into a program PRIOR to applying for a scholarship.

Study Abroad Scholarshp Application for Japan.

Program Application Deadline

Extended to
Friday, March 8, 2019

Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Complete the online application.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Space is limited. Apply early to reserve your place!

Payment Deadlines

Friday,  March 1, 2019

Program Fee Deadline: March 1, 2019

Tuition Deadline: Upon registration for courses
(Registration begins in March.)

Cashier Services

Mandatory Orientation

Sat., April 6, 2019

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.