Apply for the program by April 3, 2017


Two students will travel to visit to Gifu for a total of three weeks:

  • For one week or ten days, the students will join a Gifu faculty member's laboratory and will learn about the lab's research activities and do some collaborative work with Gifu students. UI students will be able to express an interest in specific labs.
  • For one week, students will visit laboratories of nearby universities in Nagoya, Gifu, and Toyohashi, as well as industry partners such as Toyota. Visits will be arranged according to UI students’ interests.
  • For one week, UI students can travel to other areas in Japan.



Exact travel dates in MAY and JUNE will be determined according to selected students’ availability


Student on bridge in Japan

  • 2 students will travel to Japan for 3 weeks
  • Selection Criteria:
    • GPA: Cumulative GPA of 3.07 or over is preferred, GPA of 2.7 or over is required
    • Availability in May and June
    • Articulated interest in the experience, as well as research interests/experience
    • Ability to travel independently and tolerate ambiguity

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  • UI students will purchase their round-trip plane ticket to Chubu International Airport (NGO). Upon arrival, students will travel via train to Gifu and a representative from GNCT will meet them at the train station.
  • Visas:
    • A visa for U.S. passport holders is not required.
    • Students from other countries should check visa requirements for travel to Japan.


Room and Board

  • Dormitory at GNCT in Gifu
  • Meals on your own – available in school cafeteria


UI Details/Requirements

  • Students are required to register their travel with UI Study Abroad and be insured via the Regents International Health Insurance plan.
    • Selected students will receive the appropriate forms upon confirmation of participation.
  • Course enrollment options:
    • INDE:9000: course enrollment requirement (non-credit bearing; does NOT appear on UI transcript)
    • “Independent study” type of registration for credit (arranged between student and a UI faculty member)



Selected students will receive a JASSO Scholarship for Short-Term Study in Japan:

  • Three-week experience: 70,000 JPY (approximately $615 USD)


Estimated Costs for Gifu experience
Student in garden


Estimated cost


$2,000 - $2,500

Regents International Health Insurance Plan (assume $1.22/day for 21 days)


Transportation from the Chubu International Airport to GNCT

2,000 JPY (about $20) each way


Lodging: Rates for 3 weeks, including utilities: 15,000 JPY (about $132).


Meals: Approximately 2,000 JPY for usual meals for one day (about $20/day)


Local transportation



$2,633 - $3,133

Subtract JASSO Scholarship:


Total estimated costs:

$2018 - $2518

Application Process


For more information about the National Institute of Technology, Gifu College (Gifu Kosen), see their College Bulletin.