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STT | Mitsui Educational Foundation Study Tour of Japan
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Spring
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Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
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Dates / Deadlines:
Exchange Program (Semester/Year) applicants: Scroll down to the Program Description to view exchange application deadlines.

All other programs: There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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RMIT College (AUS)/School (VTN): Any compatible discipline Study level: Undergraduate
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2 Program type: Study Tours (Global Intensives)
About your Experience
About your Experience
Mitsui ST
This study tour is funded by The Mitsui Educational Foundation (MEF) that was established in 1971 to build stronger ties and promote mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and Australia by introducing Australian students to Japanese culture, history, business, industry, and contemporary lifestyles through an annual tour of Japan.

Program details:
  • 19 November to 12 December 2018 (including an orientation day on 19 November in Sydney, and returning to Sydney on 12 December)
  • One funded place for an RMIT student to participate in The MEF study tour of Japan
  • The MEF study tour is a very unique opportunity to experience Japanese culture, society and industry, and the itinerary includes:
    • places of historical significance such as Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima;
    • visits to various Japanese companies and factories;
    • homestay with a Japanese family;
    • weekend with Japanese university students who will commence employment with Mitsui next year;
    • attending a lecture at Keio University with their Japanese students;
    • meeting with the Australian Ambassador to Japan;
    • experience of the nature in Japan such as Hakone and Miyajima Island;
    • experience of the Japanese tradition such as hot spring and tea ceremony; and
    • various tourist destinations in Tokyo including temples, shrines and museums 
Note: this is not a job recruitment exercise by Mitsui.

Academic details:
  • This program is not for academic credit 
Program specific requirements:
After completing the study tour, the MEF will require the participant to complete the following:
  • a 3000 word report on their impressions of Japan
  • a presentation based on the report to MEF Trustees and Mitsui Staff
  • attend a debrief session in February 2019
Eligibility:
1. full-time, on-campus undergraduate students, second year or above
2. Australian citizens
3. academically capable, must have a minimum GPA 2.0
4. can clearly demonstrate a keen interest in learning broadly about Japan, and could most benefit from the MEF experience.
5. act as outstanding ambassadors for their university, state, and Australia on the tour.
6. study of Japan/Japanese language is not required to be eligible for the tour.

Program cost:
This study tour is funded by the MEF covering the following costs:
  • airfares
  • transport
  • meals
  • accommodation
Additional costs to consider (but not limited to):
  • personal expenditure
** RMIT student travel insurance:
Currently enrolled students are now covered by RMIT’s travel insurance, although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances. For more info, please see here.

Application and selection process: 
  • Apply for this study tour through Mobi by selecting 'Apply Now' above by 31 May 2018. Applications must include:
    • The MEF Application Form 2018 - RMIT.docx and upload it on Mobi under Section 5: Additional Supporting Info and/or Documents. Please complete the form electronically, no hand written forms.
      • Your statement letter covering the following points:
        • your interest in Japan;
        • what you would like to get out of this tour / program;
        • how you intend to contribute to the tour / program; and
        • your ability to be an ambassador for your university and Australia during the tour.
  • RMIT Global Experience Office (GEO) will shortlist and nominate 4 students to The MEF by 08 June 2018.
  • The MEF will interview the shortlisted candidates during the month of August at their Melbourne office and select ONE student to represent RMIT.
  • The MEF will advise RMIT GEO and shortlisted candidates of the outcome on 03 September 2018.
RMIT Contact/s:
Anielle Leung
Manager, Global Experiences (Short-Term Programs)

Philippa Scott
Global Experience Advisor (Short-Term Programs)

Past participant feedback:
"The MEF Study Tour is a truly exceptional experience, for me personally it was a mind blowing adventure that allowed me to experience a country and a culture that I’ve always dreamt about. It allowed me to build incredible relationships with equally incredible people. It allowed me to see, feel and breathe something that I’m deeply connected with, and has created something for me that I will hold onto very dearly. It has helped me open up my mind to greater possibilities and to jump for those opportunities that come but once in a lifetime. I was just an ordinary person thrust into three weeks of the extraordinary, and it has changed me forever."

 

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Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.