Niigata University emblem with the university name

Title: USCO Special Student Exchange Program (Program C)

page title: Summer Course at Niigata University: Lessons from Contemporary Japan

<Revised on 29 August>


The 2017 program
14-26 August 2017
(20-26 August in Niigata)
has been completed with 24 students including those from
the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Myanmar as well as two from Niigata University.

Thank you for all your support, including JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) who provided financial support,
UMAP who provided scholarships to the participants, Toyo University who co-hosted the program,
participants in the program, their uiversities, those insitututions and persons who kindly accepted the students,
and many others concerned.


This 2017 program was given under the auspecies of the UMAP Japan Committee and UMAP International Secretariat,
as
"UMAP Summer Program 2017 in Japan, 14-27 August 2017
Part II Summer Program at Niigata University: Lessons from Contemporary Japan"

with the following classes:

- Experiences from Regional Disaster Prevention
by Prof. FUKUOKA Hiroshi, Research Institute for Natural Hazards & Disaster Recovery
with a visit to natural disaster-related areas: Orataru Museum for Reconstruction and Exchange and a few other places in former Yamakoshi Village;

- Japanese Management
by Prof. SAKIKAWA Takashi, Graduate School for Management of Technology
with a visit to Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum;

- Civil Society and Civic Movement in Japan
by Prof. SAWAMURA Akira, Faculty of Economics
with a visit to Saito's Villa as a case of preservation of the historical building by civil society movements;

- Japan’s Experiences in International Development Cooperation
by Prof. MIYATA Haruo, Global Education Center
with meetings with former JOCVs (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers);

- Environmental pollution during the 1960s and efforts made after that
with a visit to the former pollution source
and lecture by a Minamata Disease Witness at the Niigata Minamata Disease Museum


In 2018, the program will return to the usual one, i.e. a two-week program during the second half of August
with the "Environmental Problems and Development of Policies in Japan" class during the first week and
"Japanese Experiences from Various Perspectives" during the second week.
(There may be changes in 2019 because the current program coordinator retires in March 2019.)


The 2018 program is provisionally scheduled
from Monday, 20 August (students' arrival in Niigata)
to Friday, 31 August (students' departure from Niigata)
with usual two classes:
"Environmental Problems and Development of Policies in Japan" class during the first week (21-24 August) and
"Japanese Experiences from Various Perspectives" during the second wee
k (27-30 August).

On the basis of the "credit transfer" principle of UMAP
(taking cridets at other UMAP member universities and
transferring the credits to the student's home university),
Niigata University welcomes motivated students
who want to study these two classes (two credits each) of the program,
not just to experience Japan.

(Those who just want to experience Japan are not admitted to this program.)

No program fee is planned as in August 2017.
However, students must pay for accommodation (at a hotel in downtown Niigata because the University dormitory is not available.),
flights and other transportation to/from Niigata, meals, etc.


Forms to be submitted to Niigata University (in usual years, not in 2017), which may be updated:

List of documents to be submitted to Niigata University (pdf, 25 KB)

Application form to Niigata University (Word, 32 KB) (2015 form)
Application form (pdf, 205 KB) (2016 form)

Health check form (pdf, 18 KB)
(Any other forms are accepted so long as all the items in this form are covered.)

Financial statement form (Excel, 28 KB)
(Only for those who must apply for a visa)

Please submit your application through your university because the student exchange is
based on the agreement among UMAP member universities,
not on agreement between individual students and Niigata University.

The process which must involve the student's home university is shown below.



Information of lodging
No dormitory is available in Niigata University for this program. There are no hotels or hostels nearby.
Therefore Niigata University reserves a certain number of rooms near the Niigata train station for students.

The Program of Niigata University provides students with an opportunity to study lessons learned in Japan in historical and contemporary perspectives in terms of environmental policies, economic management, civil society and civic movements, and international development cooperation. In this regard, two classes are given, i.e. Environmental Problems and Development of Policies in Japan by Prof. Miyata for the first week and an omnibus class, Japanese Experiences from Various Perspectives by several professors for the second week with two credits from each class. (In 2017 when the Program is given as the second part of the UMAP Japan program, only the second class was given, although a part of the first class was given as a part of the second class. ) The classes include not only lectures in class rooms but also site visits so that students can effectively learn the reality of the "lessons".

Visits in the 2017 program


Outlet of the waste water from
the chemical plant
that discharged waste water into
a river without any treatment

Niigata Minamata Disease Museum
(before the lecture started)

Tsubame Industrial Museum

Lecture on her internatinoal development cooperation
in Tanzania in 1970-72
as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV)
and currently in Rwanda as an NGO member.
Special in 2017

Opening ceremony in Niigata
(Welcome statement by Prof. Sato,
Director, Global Educaiton Center,
Niigata University)

Welcome statement by Prof. Takahashi,
President of Niigata University and
Chair, UMAP Japan Committee
Visits in the 2016 program

Hydropower plant that provided
electric power to the chemical
plant that caused Minamata
Disease

Outlet of the waste water from
the chemical plant
that discharged waste water into
a river without any treatment

Yamakoshi village hit by an earthquake

Tsubame Industrial Museum

Lecture on her internatinoal development cooperation in Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) and also as a JICA Expert
Visits in the 2015 Program

Visit to the former chemical plant
that discharged waste water into
a river without any treatment from
this outlet.

Lecture by a volunteer Witness
of Niigata Minamata Disease

A bus of Niigata University used for site visits.

Visit to Yamakoshi village which
seriously suffered from an earthquake
in 2004

Visit to the Economic Research Institute
for Northeast Asia (ERINA)
(The left photos with courtesy of a student)
Feedbacks by some of the 2015 participants are available in the UMAP web site:
Text message by Lee Sheng-Fang
Video report by the same student (Fourth (last) in the video)
Visits in the 2014 Program

Visit to the former chemical plant that released mercury into a river,
which caused Minamata Disease in Niigata

Before listening to a lecture
by a Witness of Minamata Disease


Presentations by students in Prof. Sakikawa's class

Visit to an industrial museum
of the crafts unique to the region,
such as cutlery or tableware.
Students had a hands-on experience
of manufacturing spoons
by themselves.
Visits in the 2013 Program

Visit to the place from which waste water containing organic mercury
released into the river without treatment, a lecture by a volunteer Witness
of Minamata Disease, and a group picture there.

A brief stop at the Yahiko
Shinto Shrine on the way back
from a visit to the Tsubame
industrial materials museum

A small evening party
Visits in the 2012 Program

Visit to the place where
organic mercury which caused
Minamata Disease was
released into a river 
 
After a lecture by a Witness
of Niigata Minamata Disease
 
Visit to an Earthquake Museum
 
Visit to a village which suffered
from an earthquake in 2004

Tuition will be waived. But students must cover their personal expenses including for accommodation, international transport to/from Niigata, local transport in Niigata, meals, medical insurance (This is essential.), etc. No accommodation is available in the campus during this period but rooms at a hotel will be reserved in downtown area of Niigata City near the Niigata train station. Students are not allowed to stay at another place.

Assistance will be provided by Niigata University Student Exchange Division for visas. However, visa is not necessary for a short stay of the holders of certain passports. Please check the visa page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (visa waiver information: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html) AND the recent situation at a Japanese Embassy or Consulate because rules may change. The period of stay granted at the time of the landing permission for the visitors from the visa waiver countries will be "15 days" for Brunei, Indonesia, and Thailand, and "90 days" for other countries and regions.

 
Arrival at Niigata Airport
 
Express bus between Niigata Airport
and Niigata train station

Arrival at Niigata train station
 

Train to Niigata University
The 50-year old model in winter in snow in the left is being replaced
by the newly manufactured model in the right since December 2014.
You may experience both 50 years old Japan and latest Japan on the trains.
Because the Niigata train station is under reconstruction with elevated tracks,
it may take time for transfer from a train to another.

Because this is a program under the USCO (UMAP Student Connection On-line) of the UMAP (University Mobility for Asia and the Pacific), students from those universities participating in the USCO and the students of Niigata University (including those studying at Niigata University as exchange students) are eligible for this program.

This is a program for undergraduate students. Graduate students are not eligible.

Language Proficiency requirement: TOEFL 500 (iBT 61) or equivalent (No need for a certificate. Student's declaration or his/her English language professor's declaration of his/her capability equivalent to TOEFL 500 is accepted.)

Medical Insurance: Students are required to purchase in advance an international travel insurance or another medical insurance valid for medical expenses in Japan (Students should expect up to 10,000 Yen for simple treatment at a clinic for a simple cold or stomach problem. There is no medical institution in Niigata to which payment is made directly by any travel insurance company. Therefore students must pay to the medical institution and request later for reimbursement to the insurance company. Most medical institutions do not accept credit cards or debit cards. Payment must be made by cash at most places.

Syllabus of the 2016 class (The syllabus for 2018 will be available in February 2018.):


Please feel free to send inquiries to for administrative issues including application forms, visas etc. or for academic issues such as the classes.


The whole program of the Course by Niigata University

The contents of the program and schedule are subject to formal decision by Niigata University in early 2018.

Classes usually start at 8:30. However, due to the late breakfast at the Hotel and the train timetable, the classes for this program will be delayed for 30 minutes than usual.

Students are supposed to check in at at the holtel on Monday, 20 August and check out on Friday, 31 August.

First week

Mon. 20 Aug Tue. 21 Aug Wed. 22 Aug Thu. 23 Aug Fri. 24 Aug Sat. 25 Aug. Sun. 26 August
Arrival of students
(No official activities)
9:00-16:40
Environmental Problems and Development of Policies in Japan
by Prof. MIYATA Haruo
(2016 syllabus)
No official activities
1st and 2nd
periods
(9:00-12:00)
Lecture Lecture Lecture A visit to the former pollution source (in the morning) and lecture by a Minamata Disease Witness at the Niigata Minamata Disease Museum (in the afternoon) on the bus of the University


(2015 visit to Niigata Minamata Disease Museum)
Afternoon Lecture Lecture Lecture


Second week

Mon. 27 Aug Tue. 28 Aug Wed. 29 Aug Thu. 30 Aug Fri. 31 Aug
Japanese Experiences from Various Perspectives
by several professors (2016 syllabus)
Departure of students (No official activities)
1st and 2nd
periods
(9:00-12:00)
9:00-11:30
Experiences from Regional Disaster Prevention

by Prof. FUKUOKA Hiroshi, Director, Research Institute for Natural Hazards & Disaster Recovery
Japanese Management
by Prof. SAKIKAWA Takashi, Graduate School for Management of Technology

9:00-10:30 Lecture
10:30-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Case
studies of the
business in students'
countries (presentions
by studetns and
discussion)
Civil Society and Civic Movement in Japanby Prof. SAWAMURA Akira, Faculty of Econimics Japan’s Experiences in International Development Cooperation
by Prof. MIYATA Haruo, Global Education Center
Afternoon 12:00-19:00
Visit to natural disaster-related areas: Orataru Museum for Reconstruction and Exchange and a few other places in former Yamakoshi Village

(The departure time may be changed in accordance with the place for lunch.) 
13:00-15:40
Visit to Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum
(13:50-14:50)
13:00-17:20
Visit to Saito's Villa as a case of preservation of the historical building by civil society movements
Meetings with former JOCVs (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers)

Information of the 2017 program for reference (pdf, 2.4 MB)

Information of the 2016 program for reference

Information of the 2015 program for reference

Information of the 2014 program for reference

Information of the 2013 program for reference

Information of the 2012 program for reference


新潟大学の学生のためのUMAP C情報

このプログラムで開講する科目は、新潟大学のGコード科目です。そのため、交換留学で来ている学生を含め、新潟大学の学生は、夏季集中講義として履修し、単位を取得することができます。実際に、毎年本学の学生も履修しています。履修手続きは学務情報システムを原則としますが、聴講票も受け付けます。但し、見学のバスの収容力を上限とする定員があるため、聴講票提出の場合も、自動的に履修が承認されることはありません。
The classes given in this program are G classes of Niigata University. Therefore students of Niigata University, including exchange students studying there, are eligible for these classes. Application for the classes should be made in the web in principle. However, application cards are also accepted, although the application cards do not mean automatic approval of the applicants' taking the class because there is an upper limit of the capacity of the bus used for excursions.

他国の大学が行っているUMAPのプログラムへの参加も可能です(但し、欧米の夏休みの時期に行われるものが多く、本学がまだ授業期間になっているものが少なくありません。)。留学交流支援課(旧国際課)が扱っているので、同課に聞いてみて下さい。(新潟大学として締結している学生交換協定に基づく交換留学は同課(UMAPはこれに含まれます。)、それぞれの学部・研究科が締結している協定に基づくものはその学部・研究科の学務係またはその学部・研究科の国際交流委員が担当しています。)

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