Connecting MIT with research and industry in Japan

Each year through the MIT-Japan Program, 30 to 40 MIT students intern and conduct research in Japanese companies, universities and research institutes. The ULVAC-Hayashi Seed Fund facilitates dozens of research collaborations between MIT faculty and their Japanese counterparts. Our partners are leading Japanese companies, universities and research organizations.

SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19:  After careful consideration of the rapidly changing conditions both here and abroad, and in the wake of guidance from the U.S. Department of State’s Global Level 4 Health Advisory, the MIT Japan Program determined it was impossible to move forward with program planning confident that our students would be safe and cancelled the summer 2020 in-person program in March.  The MIT Japan Program believes suspending our summer programming in Japan this year is the appropriate response to the public health situation facing the United States at this moment and is in the best interest of our entire global community.

MIT Japan Program is closely monitoring the pandemic. Twelve prefectures is Japan are in an official state of emergency. Please note students who were already accepted for MISTI Japan 2020 will have priority placement for Summer 2021, pending we are allowed to travel.


We hope everyone will keep safe and stay healthy.


In Memory of Patricia Gercik (1944–2019)

Gifts to the Patricia Gercik Memorial Fund will provide supplemental stipends to students participating in the MIT- Japan program, within the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI).



MIT-Japan Program Celebrates 35th Anniversary!

On October 20, 2017, the MIT-Japan Program kickstarted its 35th Anniversary Celebration with a book talk by former MIT-Japan Program Managing Director and former Assistant Director of MISTI, Ms. Patricia Gercik. The day was followed by a reception with over 100 people and nearly 60 MIT alumni attending from China, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York, Boston and throughout Japan.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Read MIT-Japan's 35th Anniversary report


MIT-Japan 35th Anniversary: President Reif



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