Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)

Location: Hikone, Japan
Programs: Semester, Year, or Summer
Website: http://jcmu.isp.msu.edu/



About JCMU

The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) study abroad program is a product of the strong sister-state relationship between the State of Michigan and Shiga Prefecture. It is located on the shore of Lake Biwa in the City of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Our programs are dedicated to building relationships between Japanese, Americans, and other nationalities through active learning and participation in language, culture, family life and society. JCMU has been welcoming students of all majors since 1989. Students do not need to attend a member university to participate.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Will vary based on program choice. 

Program Dates

Fall Semester Dates:  
early September to mid-December

Winter Semester Dates:
early January to mid-April

Summer Semester Dates:
early June to early August  

Tuition & Fees

Varies by program type. View program budget sheets and contact Dr. Roy Hanashiro at okuma@umflint.edu.

Language(s) of Instruction


Area(s) of Study

Japanese Language & Other. View programs offered at JCMU and meet Dr. Roy Hanashiro to register for courses. 


Students can live at the JCMU residence halls or choose a homestay.
Residence Hall Apartments at JCMU: Student apartments are designed for double occupancy, each with a private bedroom/study and shared kitchen and bathroom. Each apartment is separately metered for utilities, including telephones, and the Housing Fee covers apartment rent, utilities, maintenance, and interim period cleaning. Students must purchase their own food from the local grocery story and cook their own meals, though a CoCo's restaurant is attached to the JCMU Academic Building and many students eat there for lunch.
Home Stay: Home stays with local families offer the ultimate opportunity to meet and interact with Japanese people. All students participating in a home stay will have their own bedroom and no home stay will be further than an hour's commute from JCMU by train and bicycle. JCMU will cover the cost of commuting on class days if the student needs to use a train. Home stays will include two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. The student is then responsible for lunch and any additional meals or snacks they may want.