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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English NC State Students Only: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Freshman, Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: None Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Non-NC State
Click here for a definition of this term College or Unit: N/A High Impact, Experiential Opportunities: Research or Field Work Opportunities
Duration: Short Term Click here for a definition of this term Provider: Unaffiliated
Program Description:

The NanoJapan Program is a 12-week, summer research internship focusing on Terahertz (THz) Dynamics in Nanostructures that is open to freshman and sophomore engineering and physics students from universities nationwide. 

The program is directed by Rice University and The University of Tulsa and is supported by an NSF Partnerships for International Research & Education (NSF-PIRE) grant. This summer program seeks to cultivate interest in nanotechnology among young U.S. undergraduate students, and encourages such students to pursue graduate study and academic research in the physical sciences. 

The NanoJapan program will provide U.S. undergraduates with structured research opportunities in Japanese university laboratories with Japanese mentors focused on the study of THz dynamics of nanostructures. Eligible students from any university nationwide are eligible to apply, and the program is well-suited to engineering or physics students with a keen interest in this area of nanotechnology research.  

The 12-week, summer program includes: 

* A three week Orientation Program in Tokyo that includes Introductory Japanese Language Classes, Introduction to Japanese Society & Culture Seminar, and an Introduction to Nanoscale Science and THz Dynamics Seminar.

* Nanotechnology Research Internships with leading nanotechnology laboratories in Japan. Potential research host universities include Keio University, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Chiba University, Kyoto University, Osaka University, Osaka Institute of Technology, Shinshu University, Tohoku University and Hokkaido University. 

* Re-Entry Program including communication skills and career developments seminars and the presentation of a topical research poster on the summer internship at the Rice Quantum Institute's Summer Research Colloquium.

To be eligible to apply for the NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) program students must be:
  • Currently enrolled as a degree-seeking freshman or sophomore at a U.S. institution of higher education;
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • In good academic standing and not currently under any academic suspension or other disciplinary action at your home university;
  • Able to express a demonstrated interest in the field of nanotechnology as it relates to THz dynamics of nanostructures 

All eligible students with a strong interest in physics-related nanotechnology research and desire to study in Japan are encouraged to apply. Women, underrepresented groups, and students from schools with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply. Community college students who plan to matriculate to a four-year university and major in physics or engineering are also strongly encouraged to apply. No prior Japanese language experience is required, though applicants should be able to express a demonstrated interest in the study of Japanese language and/or culture.

Deadline to apply for Summer 2014 is January 24, 2014. For more information about the NanoJapan IREU program, please visit their site at

NC State students may study abroad through any program sponsored by a U.S. accredited institution, accredited third-party provider, or direct enroll at an accredited institution overseas. Programs vary, and you will need to contact individual program sponsors for specifics.

Instructions for Applying to a Non-NC State Program (Please carefully read the 3 steps)

1. Submit application materials to the non-NC State program provider. This could involve going to the provider's website and submitting an application online and paying an application fee to the program provider. Programs vary, and you will need to contact individual program sponsors for specifics.

2. Additionally, in order to remain enrolled at NC State during your time abroad, you must complete the NC State Student Application for Semester/Year (or Summer) Non-NC State Programs by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.

As part of this application, you will download and print the Course Approval Form. You will take this form, and a printout of course descriptions for all courses that you might want to take while abroad, to your Academic Advisor and also to the designated advisor in your major college(s) for approval for transfer of the classes you plan to take abroad towards NC State course requirements. Course descriptions should be obtained from the program sponsor.

Students going on non-NC State semester programs are required to attend the pre-departure orientation, and students going on non-NC State summer programs are strongly encouraged to attend orientation. You will complete similar financial aid information as students going on NC State programs. Students going on non-NC State programs are eligible to apply for scholarships from the Study Abroad Office.

All transcripts for non-NC State Programs should be sent to the Study Abroad Office at:

NCSU Study Abroad Office
315 University College Commons
Campus Box 7344
Raleigh, NC 27695

3. You should now have an application on file with your program provider and an application on file with the NC State Study Abroad Office. Please complete the NC State study abroad application by the deadline.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 04/01/2021
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/08/2022 08/14/2022
NOTE: Students should refer to the host institution for exact program dates and update their itinerary within the application accordingly.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance in 2 to 4 weeks.

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