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Kyoto/Osaka, Japan Project Center (MQP)
Kyoto, Japan; Osaka, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: A term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Estimated Expenses: A term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
A term 2016-2017 11/11/2015
02/02/2016 07/10/2016 10/05/2016

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Project Opportunities:
Active Since:
Jennifer deWinter, Robert Lindeman
Center Highlights:
International, Urban
Housing Type:
Self Catered Apartment, Student Residence Style
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure
Program Eligibility:
Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation)
Major Eligibility:
Computer Science, Interactive Media and Game Development
Program Description:

Kyoto/Osaka, Japan Project Center (MQP)

japanjapanmapLocation and Culture
Program Dates
Housing and Meals
Project Opportunities
Cost and Billing
Health and Safety
Additional Resources

Location and Culture          

Students at the Japan Project Center conduct their projects at either Osaka University or Ritsumeikan University, two of Japan’s leading universities. The city of Osaka is located in the Kansai region of Japan's main island of Honshu and is Japan’s third largest city. Filled with business, food, and entertainment venues, as well as historic and cultural attractions, Osaka offers an eclectic mix of old and new. Kyoto, the "heart of Japan" that boasts many important cultural sites; Kobe, a harbor town with an interesting flavor; and Nara, a center of commerce and government. Japan has a humid subtropical climate. Average temperatures in Japan in September fall between 71°F and 85°F and tends to be rainy.

Housing and Meals

WPI students will live in university arranged housing at Osaka University or Ritsumeikan University.  Osaka housing will be self catered apartment style living, while Rits will be in dorm style accomodations. Japanese cuisine is traditionally based on rice with miso soup, with emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Side dishes often contain fish, pickled vegetables or vegetables in broth. Typical dishes may include sushi, sashimi, tempura, miso soup, or red bean paste. Make sure to consider your own dietary restrictions, allergies, and general health and inform your Advisor(s) and IGSD of any conditions of concern through the Health Preparation Process. Accommodations are subject to change and will be confirmed by the beginning of the term prior to departure. 

Program Dates

Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program.  Dates will be posted in the Fact Sheet at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date.  If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing. 

Project Opportunities

Past Japan MQP students have...

  • A learning game to teach Japanese writing.
  • An AR App to explore Kyoto through directional sound with traditional instruments.
  • A 4th dimensional VR space using Vive.

Cost and Billing

Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away, on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester). 

  • WPI Tuition and Fees
  • WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
  • WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
  • Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)

In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:

  • Local transportation
  • Airfare (if applicable)
  • Food
  • Tourist activities and incidentals
  • Project related incidentals

A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Japan can be found here: Japan Estimated Expenses 

Health and Safety 

As with all travel, be aware of your surroundings to diminish risk of pick-pocketing and mugging. Pickpockets can be common, so always be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings in your line of vision at all times. Be vigilant and avoid any protests, demonstrations, and large crowds. Natural hazards in Japan include volcanic activity, earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons. Make sure to visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccination information. 

Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State

Country-specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control

Additional Resources

Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

This program is currently not accepting applications.