UMAP-COIL Honors Program 2019

What is the UMAP-COIL Joint Honors Program?

Up to 25 students will be invited to participate in a two-week Peace Boat cruise in the Asia-Pacific region. The boat will depart from Osaka, making stops at various ports for a half-day of field work, as well as university visits in Japan, South Korea, and Russia. The cruise will be enhanced utilizing the COIL-style educational method, which is scheduled to be implemented as a part of the program adopted in the 2018-2022 fiscal year Inter-University Exchange Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Students from Japan and the U.S. will take part in COIL virtual lectures from experts from both countries. Additionally, teams of students will work together to generate a presentation promoting the local areas they have visited for inbound/tourists from overseas to be broadcast virtually to interested universities in the last week of the program.

What is COIL?

COIL stands for “Collaborative Online International Learning” a form of teaching which uses Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to connect students in different countries so that they can participate together in projects designed to boost their understanding of various fields or to help them acquire specific skills. Focus is placed upon the students and their collaboration with one another, i.e. encouraging them to take a proactive and participative role in their education.

Students between the ages of 18 and 35* who are currently enrolled in academic institutions participating in UMAP’s pledged institutions or whose Pledge of Agreement (PoA) is scheduled to be confirmed during 2019, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and adequate command of English, sufficient to understand lectures and participate in discussions, is a minimum requirement (desired English language proficiency: TOEIC790-860, TOEFL iBT87-98, TOEFL ITP 67-601 and above).

*Students should meet the age requirement at the time of departure, not necessarily the time of application. Special exceptions may be made for outstanding candidates.

Visa Requirements
Participants should prepare the necessary short-term visas (Korea, Russia) prior to departure. International students will also need to prepare the necessary visa for entry into Japan. A Peace Boat delegate will contact individuals directly with detailed information on visa application procedures appropriate for their country.

Application Procedure
STEP 1: Documents to be Submitted (in PDF format):

①Application Form,

②Transcripts in English (first year students will need a letter of recommendation from a faculty member if they are unable to prepare any transcripts),

③Statement of Purpose,

④Letter of Recommendation from a member of the University

⑤English Language Ability Certification (※Students who completed their primary education in English do not need to submit certification)

STEP 2: Download the above application documents by clicking this link:
and submit them via the online application form:
※There is a password required when submitting the application form online.
※Students have to obtain the password from their respective Home Institution’s Coordinator or University’s International Office.

Application Deadline: 5:00pm (Japan Standard Time), Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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