The MIT-Japan Program empowers MIT students and faculty to advance knowledge and solve the world’s great challenges by connecting them with leading researchers, companies, and other partners in Japan. Founded in 1981 by Professor Richard Samuels, the MIT-Japan Program prepares MIT students to be global citizens by training and giving them a first-hand look at knowledge creation in Japan. The Program offers students opportunities to work and conduct research at leading Japanese universities, companies, and institutions. MIT students can also study abroad and earn transfer credit at University of Tokyo (Course 2, 3) and Tokyo Tech (Course 22) in Japan. The ULVAC-Hayashi Seed Fund facilitates dozens of research collaborations between MIT faculty and their Japanese counterparts.
Our approach to collaboration is grounded in delivering bi-directional value: contribute to the research, education, and innovation while providing opportunities for MIT students to gain fluency in navigating different cultural contexts.
MISTI’s award-winning international internship program provides a one-of-a-kind, world-class experience for MIT students: the opportunity to gain real-life work experience in leading companies and labs around the world. Best of all, all expenses are paid, including airfare.
MIT-Japan provides students with internships and research at leading companies, research labs and universities in Japan. Internships last from 10 weeks to 12 months and are fully-funded. This means that, if you are selected as a MIT-Japan Program intern, there are no program costs to participate!
Study Abroad at the University of Tokyo & Tokyo Tech
The University of Tokyo is the top Japanese university. It produces socially impactful research to find solutions for the world’s most pressing issues and has the top scholars in their faculty. MIT has formal exchange program agreements with Course 2 and 3 departments. Learn more here!
Tokyo Institute of Technology, affectionately know at Tokyo Tech is one of the best universities in Japan. MIT has a special relationship with their Nuclear Engineering department. Learn more about the Study Abroad Program at Tokyo Tech for Course 22 and how to apply here!
Innovation Discovery Japan (IDJ) 2023 will take place during IAP!
The application for IDJ'23 has closed. Please check back again for next year's program.
Hurrah! Japan will be lifting their visa requirements on October 11, 2022, which means that Innovation Discovery Japan (IDJ) trip to Japan will take place during IAP 2023.
MISTI / MIT Japan Program will sponsor a limited number of scholarships that will cover airfare and program participation fee (hotel, program designated meals and participation costs, but NOT incidentals and non-program funded meals) for MIT students exhibiting genuine interest in learning Japanese and going to Japan on an internship or work experience. Preference will be given to students who are considering or have taken at least one semester of Japanese at MIT.
MIT students who wish to be considered for the MIT-Japan Program scholarship will need to complete the MIT-Japan Program 2023 IDJ Funding application on the MISTI - MIT-Japan Program website. You will also need to request a letter of recommendation from your Faculty Resident or another faculty at MIT (an electronic request for letter of recommendation will be available from the online MISTI MIT-Japan Program application, but you should ask your faculty before sending the electronic link.) The deadline for the application is October 28, 2022, but the Letter of Recommendation deadline is a week later on November 4, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be considered for a MISTI Japan funding.
PLEASE NOTE the deadline for the letter of recommendation is written incorrectly on the MISTI Japan application site. Please note the deadline is 11/4/2022.
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