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Japan Internships

Dates: May–August 2024
Application Deadline: 1 November 2023

Want to get ahead in business and experience culture? Intern in Japan, where you can experience the urban nexus of Tokyo to the Japanese Alps of the Nagano Prefecture. Interns have been placed in business internships in the areas of translation, finance, engineering, computer science, sales, and administration. Immerse yourself in a real-life experience of Japanese business.

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Steve Moody
3069 JFSB
(801) 422-6405


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours during the internship.

HCOLL 399R—Professional Internship (3 credit hours) or JAPAN 399R—Academic Internship (3 credit hours)
JAPAN 311R—Advanced Oral Communication (2 credit hours)
JAPAN 490R—Individual Study in Japanese (1 credit hour)

Other courses may be added or substituted with the approval of the program director.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full-time tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), internship placement fees (which can be reduced for students who find their own internship), and international health insurance.

Does not include international airfare, local transportation, accommodation, or living expenses. (Some employers may assist with these expenses.)
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

The College of Humanities and Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages may have funding specifically for internships. Please check with the program director for details.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Following a first round of screening, the program director will attempt to place successful applicants into internships appropriate for their major studies. However, placements are not guaranteed and will depend on employer availability and need.

Students may also find their own internship, in which case the BYU internship program can provide academic credit and potentially qualify students for financial aid. The program cost is reduced for those who find their own internship. Contact the faculty program director for more information.

Accepted students are required to participate in the internship preparation course, HCOLL 396R, typically during the second block of winter semester prior to departure. It is recommended that students also take JAPAN 321 and JAPAN 390 as well.

Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program. Spouses will also need to apply online and take the preparation course. Note that employers providing housing accommodations are typically only able to accommodate single students. Married students with accompanying spouses will need to find their own accommodations at their expense.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students are responsible for finding their own housing, although some employers may provide accommodations or assist in finding them. Some employers may also provide a living allowance. Students can ask the program director for suggestions regarding living in Japan.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Application Deadline: 1 November 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Steve Moody, Associate Professor of Japanese, is the program director. Please contact him for further details or with any questions.

3069 JFSB
(801) 422-6405
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.