Japan Studies Institute

Japan Studies Institute

Japan Studies Institute

Join your colleagues from both two and four year institutions around the country for a two-week intensive Summer Institute focused on the study of modern Japan. The Japan Studies Institute (JSI) allows faculty to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japanese civilization, history, language, business and education. 

The Japan Studies Institute (JSI) offers college and university faculty members without prior experience in Japanese studies to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japan, both past and present. The institute encourages participants to develop strategies for incorporating Japanese studies into courses on their campuses. The Institute involves two weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, readings, films, and cultural activities related to Japanese history, culture, literature, government, business, language and education. Previous programs have included topics as diverse as wartime and occupation Japan, social relations and the changing role of women in Japan, Japanese foreign policy and regional relations, classical music, ikebana, calligraphy, introductory Japanese, Japanese film in the classroom, and philosophical and religious traditions in Japan. Classes are held Monday through Friday, from morning until late afternoon. The formal program is complemented by a number of off-campus and evening activities. Institute faculty will include scholars, representatives from the local Japanese community, artists, journalists, and government officials. 

The two week residential program is held on the San Diego State University campus. The JSI Institute and Fellowships are made possible by a generous endowment from the Nippon Foundation. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) manages and administers the JSI program; San Diego State University provides the academic program and facilities.

JSI Flyer

Fellowships and Program Costs

JSI Fellowships are available to cover most of the costs of the Institute for each participant. While attending the program, participants are housed in shared suites (separate bedrooms, common living area) in a dormitory on the San Diego State University campus. Because of the intensive nature of the program, families cannot be accommodated and are not permitted to stay in the dormitory. Fellowships, provided for all participants, pay for most of the following costs:

  • Administrative and academic expenses
  • 2 weeks of campus housing
  • Up to $700 for transportation
  • $500 stipend for meals and other expenses. 

Fellowship funds are supplemented by a modest registration fee: $695 for participants from AASCU-member institutions.


Participants must be full-time faculty or administrators at two or four-year academic institutions with the potential to impact undergraduate education and have no prior training or professional experience in Japanese studies.

Candidate Selection Process and Timeline

Program Information and Application forms are located on the AASCU website here: http://www.aascu.org/programs/JSI/ 


Jody Dixon


Program Coordinator, Global Initiatives, AASCU

Sufei Li 


Mangager, International Programs, AASCU