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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/15/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: Co-Op/Internship Level of Study: Undergraduate
Academic Theme: University Wide Credit Offered: UC Credit
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Apartment Program Advisor: Crystal Craycraft
Program Description:

Program Overview

The International Co-op is a formal program that integrates culture, language, and professional experience abroad.

The International Co-op Program [ICP] provides students with comprehensive language instruction as well as cross-cultural communication skills.  Those skills, combined with a year of co-op experience in the US, prepares students for a capstone eight-month language instruction and co-op experience abroad junior year.

During the first three domestic co-op semesters, students gain critical work experience.  Each semester they increase their knowledge base, by gaining in-depth knowledge of a particular area, or by broadening their knowledge of a variety of areas.  In addition to the co-op experience, students complete a rigid preparation program and must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to be eligible for an international assignment.  Courses in the preparation program consist of:
  • Orientation to International Co-op – a one credit hour course that introduces students to the challenges and opportunities of living and working abroad.
  • Spring semester, third year, beginners Japanese online.
  • Fall semester, fourth year, traditional Japanese in classroom, builds on spring course.
  • Beginning of Spring semester a six-week intensive language class with optional host family stay in Japan, first six weeks of the semester.

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Students co-op for two semesters (minus the six week intensive course) with companies and research facilities in Tokyo and the surrounding areas as well as Kurashiki, Kyoto, and Osaka.

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Who Can Participate?

  • Matriculated students in a UC Co-op College (co-op participation is optional in the College of Business)
  • Students who have completed at least two quarters in their co-op college
  • Students who have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher (transfer students must maintain a 3.0 GPA since their transfer into a co-op college)

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Academic Program and Course Information

Students completing the program receive a certificate for the International Co-op Program at graduation.  International Co-op Program Japanese Focus Requirements and Curriculum Schedule.

ICP students must remain in good standing with their college and the Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning. In addition, all ICP students are required to:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Remain "on track" with coursework in their discipline.
  • Complete all required ICP language and culture courses.
  • Exhibit appropriate professional behavior in all co-op assignments, both in the US and abroad.
  • Comply with the University of Cincinnati Student Code of Conduct and with the Professional Practice Program Standards of Professional Conduct, as specified in the Professional Practice and Experiential Learning Student Handbook.
  • Meet with the ICP Director (Gayle Elliott) on an annual basis to discuss progress in the program, and academic and professional goals.
  • Meet with the ICP Director during fall semester of senior year to discuss overseas co-op assignment and experiences with the International Co-op Program.

Failure to comply with any of these requirements could result in warning, probation, suspension, or dismissal from the International Co-op Program.

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Gayle Elliott
Associate Professor
Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0115
(513) 556-5433

Christopher Cooper (
Assistant Professor Professional Practice

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Living Arrangements

Students in Japan usually receive free housing in a company dorm or apartment, but this is not guaranteed.  If housing is provided, the compensation received is usually adequate to cover food and other expenses.  Students who do not receive free housing need personal funds to supplement their co-op salaries.

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Getting There

Students organize their own airline travel arrangements.

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Program Costs

Costs per student are listed below.  Because students work in a variety of cities, there is a wide variance of costs.  For example, the cost of living in Tokyo, where many students work, is significantly higher than the cost of living in smaller cities.  The amounts listed below are averages for costs across Tokyo.  Most companies provide housing for the students, but some companies do not.

Estimated Program Costs: 
Course Registration: $930 ($465 x 2 semesters)
Six-week Intensive Japanese in Japan (including housing):
$2800 – $3000 (depending on housing option selected)
Housing during co-op: $5600 (may be provided by co-op employer at no cost to student)
Airfare: $1,800
CISI Insurance (Required): $245 ($30.60 per month x 8 months)
Student expenses for food and entertainment will vary depending on student preferences:  
Total Expenses: $11,475.00

Costs will vary depending on current currency exchange rates.

Students receive compensation from co-op employers, but the amount varies.  If housing is provided, the compensation received is usually adequate to cover food and other expenses.  Students who do not receive free housing need personal funds to supplement their co-op salaries.  Because many co-op students rely on co-op earnings to pay for tuition, the ICP can place a significant financial burden on students.  This is calculated into their decision to participate in the program.  An additional opportunity cost of participation is that students give up approximately ten weeks of co-op earning to complete the intensive language program, and pay additional tuition for the language courses.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).
The Academic Internship Council will provide country-specific visa application instructions, resources and assistance to all program participants.  

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Gayle Elliott
Associate Professor
Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0115
(513) 556-5433
Erin Cohen
Program Coordinator
Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0115
(513) 556-4535

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