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

21-26 August 2017

<Revised on 26 April>

UMAP Secreat announced the UMAP Summer Program 2017 in Japan on 25 April, of
which this program at Niigata University is a part. Please follow the predures shown in its web site
for application for the UMAP Summer Program 2017 in Japan:
http://umap.org/is/4142/


The 2017 program

The 2017 program is special and will be held on 21-26 August 2017 as a part of the program which will be given under the auspecies of the UMAP Japan Committee and UMAP International Secretariat,
i.e.
"UMAP Summer Program 2017 in Japan, 14-27 August 2017
Part II Summer Program at Niigata University: Lessons from Contemporary Japan."


Because of the period of this UMAP program, the "Environmental Problems and Development of Policies in Japan" will be shortened and be given as a part of the omnibus class "Japanese Experiences from Various Perspectives" in 2017.
Therefore the themes will be:

- 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.)



Becasue the 2017 program is organized as the second half of the UMAP Japan program
co-hosted by Toyo University and Niigata University, there will be special procedures and forms to be submitted.
Applications must be submitted to Toyo University, not to Niigata Univeristy, through the students' home universities.
Specific information of the procedures and forms to be submitted will is given in the following page:
http://umap.org/is/4142/



Forms to be submitted to Niigata University in usual years (not in 2017) just for reference:

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
(8 July 2016):



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 usually 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. However, in 2017 when the Program is given as the second part of the UMAP Japan program, only the second class is given, although a part of the first class is given as a part of the second class. The class includes not only lectures in class rooms but also site visits so that students can effectively learn the reality of the "lessons".

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 for the part at Niigata University (not the part at Toyo University). But students must cover their personal expenses including for accommodation, international transport to/from Niigata, local transport in Niigata, meals, medical insurance, 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 UMAP Japan 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 2017 class:


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 the UMAP Japan as of 6 February 2017.

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 a dormitory of Toyo University in Tokyo on Monday, 14 August to take classes of Toyo University from Tuesday, 15th to Saturday, 19th August. Then they move from Tokyo (Toyo University) to Niigata on Sunday, 20 August, and go back to Tokyo on Sunday, 27 August. Specific information will be given by Toyo University which coordinates the whole program in Tokyo and in Niigata.

Mon. 21 Aug Tue. 22 Aug Wed. 23 Aug Thu. 24 Aug Fri. 25 Aug Sat. 26 Aug.
Japanese Experiences from Various Perspectives
by several professors (Syllabus)
1st and 2nd
periods
(9:00-12:00)
9:00-11:00
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
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
9:00-16:40
Environmental Problems and Development of Policies in Japan
by Prof. MIYATA Haruo
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 11:15-19:00
Visit to natural disaster-related areas: Orataru Museum for Reconstruction and Exchange and a few other places in former Yamakoshi Village

A special lunch set with local products (1,000 Yen) has been booked in the village.
(The departure time may be changed in accordance with the place for lunch.) 
13:00-17:00
Visit to Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum
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)

Students must do some home work before coming to Niigata, especially for the following. Please check the syllabus:

Japanese companies and their management practices by Prof. SAKIKAWA Takashi, Graduate School for Management of Technology, Tuesday, 23 August:

Students are required to read part of the instructor's book before the class. Here is the class material:
http://www.palgrave.com/resources/sample-chapters/9780230299917_sample.pdf


Class participants are also required to choose a company based in their respective countries and to present a short case of the company by proving information on that company, such as its history, products or services, organizations, strategy, and other aspects. Thus, they will need to prepare for their presentation of a short case of their chosen company as well as to read a class material before the class. (The 2014 presentation photoes can be seen in the "Visits in the 2014 Program" above.)

Lunch

One of the three cafeterias in the campus is open for lunch during the summer break. There is a University Cooperative shop and a "convenience store" Lawson in the campus, too. There are small restaurants, noodle shops and "convenience stores" adjacent to the campus. There are numerous places to eat (and more to drink - Those under 20 are not allowed to drink alcohol or to smoke in Japan.) near the hotel in the downtown area.
   
   
A cafeteria in the University campus 

Inquiry

If you have any question, please feel free to contact for administrative issues including application forms, visas etc. or Prof. Haruo Miyata who coordinates the program at for academic issues.

Links

(Preparations to stay in Niigata)

Changing money into Japanese Yen may be done in your country at a better exchange rate. Currencies other than US dollar and Euro may not be exchanged or will be exchanged at a substantially weaker rates because the demand for such currencies is quite small in other countries. However, if you want to exchange your money in Japan, please change money on arrival at an airport in Japan. In case you have failed to do so, please do so at a bank near Niigata train station open between 9:00 and 15:00 on week days only. However, you many not have sufficient time to go to a bank to change money during the class period and banks are closed on weekends except at major airports. Credit cards are accepted only at major business establishments. Foreign debit cards are not accepted for purchase at almost all places in Japan. But foreign ATM/debit cards are accepted for withdrawal by ATMs of the Seven Bank located in many of the Seven-Eleven shops.

(The direct flight between Taipei and Niigata twice a week by EVA Air is likly to be available in winter only.)

Map from Narita and Haneda Airports to Niigata

JR East Jo-Etsu Shinkansen page

(Niigata University)

(Living in Niigata)

(Tourism)

(Study in Japan in future)

(UMAP)

(Announcement for regular students of Niigata University)

Questions and answers on the basis of the questions received in 2012


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.
新潟大学の学生のためのチラシ2017 Poster for the students of Niigata Univeristy 2017

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。)

新潟大学ウェブサイト海外留学のページ

UMAP ウェブサイト

UMAPフェースブック (このUMAPフェースブックに新潟大学のフェースブックへのリンクがありますが、その内容は、UMAPや交換留学とは)関係ありません。)