Lansing Community College, the pioneer in community college study abroad in Japan, offers life-changing global experiences for its students. These opportunities stem from the strong connection between Lansing and its sister city, Otsu, located in Michigan's sister state, the Shiga Prefecture, Japan. LCC's partnership with Michigan State University also helps students study around the globe.
Up to 10 LCC students are selected to complete an internship with the Biwako Kisen Steamship Company, Ltd., a Japanese company, during spring, summer and fall semesters.
The experience includes a 4-credit unpaid internship on the Michigan Boat, where students serve as American cultural ambassadors, greeting Japanese tourists and school groups who ride the Boat. Students also will study Japanese language with a faculty member from Japan's University of Shiga Prefecture. The application for the Japan Immersion is available here.
"This internship is more than an internship," said 2013 participant Elliot Welch. "It helped me see the world differently, explore a different culture, and work with Japanese and Americans every day to accomplish a common goal."
"It ended up being just one big ball of fun ... It's also a really nice thing to put down on a resume" – LCC student Tori Kerr, quoted in the Lookout, December 13, 2011.
Japan Education Internship
The Japan Education Internship offers two LCC students the opportunity to work with Japanese teachers to teach English in an Otsu, Japan elementary school. The LCC Japan Education Internship takes place from May to July. Internship experiences include:
- Doing English dialog examples with classroom teacher
- Leading English-language classroom activities with children
- Working with LCC faculty and Japanese elementary teachers to develop weekly lesson plans
Study Abroad through Michigan State University
A partnership between Lansing Community College and Michigan State University encourages LCC students to participate in MSU's study-abroad programs.
Experiences abroad range from Advertising in the Mediterranean to Education in South Africa. Through its Office of Study Abroad, MSU leads the nation in study abroad participation among public universities. MSU's program options are among the most diverse, with more than 260 programs in 60 countries on all continents. Its programs range in length from one week to an academic year, and they are offered during each session, including fall semester, spring semester and breaks.
Check out MSU's Study Abroad Site, where you can find more details on each program, and a searchable database of the University's study-abroad programs.
When do I have to apply?
Application deadlines for MSU's study abroad programs are as follows:
- October 15: Winter Break & Spring Semester programs
- January 15: Spring Break programs
- March 1: Summer & Fall Semester & Academic Year programs
How can I pay for study abroad?
LCC Japan Scholarships. Students selected for the LCC Japan Immersion receive a $2000 scholarship from the LCC Foundation to help defray the cost of the program. Those selected for the LCC Japan Education Internship receive a $2000 LCC institutional scholarship to help defray the total program cost.
Gilman Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship is offered by the federal government to help students who are underrepresented in study abroad participation to take part. If you receive a federal Pell grant, you are eligible to apply for the Gilman. Click here or contact Marc Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. The application deadline for spring study abroad programs is in early October; the deadline for summer and fall programs is in March.
Federal Grants and Loans
Federal Financial Aid. If you have not done so, fill out the federal FAFSA form, then contact LCC Financial Aid Office, which can help you determine eligibility for federal loans and grants to help make paying for study abroad a little easier. Click here for more info on financial aid.
Where do I get more info?
Professor, Social Science and Humanities
Arts & Sciences Room 201
PO Box 40010 – MC 5100
Lansing, MI 48901
Administration Bldg, Room 201
Phone: (517) 483-1498
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