Nakatani U.S. Fellows – Program Funding
Program Funding: Through the support of the Nakatani Foundation, program funding is provided for most student costs including:
- Application Fee & Registration for Rice University Summer School (3 credits, ELEC 490)
- International health insurance for duration of time in Japan to include accident/illness, medical evacuation, and repatriation coverage
- Domestic Airfare to/from Rice for students not in Houston
- International Airfare to/from Japan departing from Houston
- Seminar & Japanese language class costs during the three-week orientation in Japan
- Hotel Lodging & Daily Breakfast during the Pre-Departure Orientation, Language & Culture Orientation, Mid-Program Meeting, and Re-Entry Program
- Research Internship Housing
- Partial Meal/Living Cost stipend to be used for duration of time abroad*
- Travel to/from host lab in Japan*
- Travel to/from Mid-Program Meeting*
* These costs will be either be issued directly to the students in JPY upon arrival abroad or paid for directly on the student’s behalf by the Nakatani Foundation. Students may be required to show receipts/proof of purchase for costs incurred while abroad.
Student Costs: Students will also need to budget for the following costs which are not provided by the program:
- Passport Application/Renewal Fees (if applicable): $140 – $165
- Visa Fees (if applicable): Only applies to some U.S. permanent residents, costs vary.
- Books for language classes: $50
- Immunizations*: Varies
- Japanese Cell Phone Rental & Usage**: ~$200
- Required necessary costs over and above the housing and meal/living cost stipends provided***: Varies
- Travel & Sight-seeing Costs (on weekends during the internship period): Varies, est. of $500 – $1,000
- Personal spending & shopping: Varies, est. of $500 – $1,000
* Immunizations: No immunizations are required to enter Japan though we do recommend all regular immunizations should be up to date prior to departure. See the CDC: Health Information for Traveler’s to Japan for more details on recommended travel vaccinations. Students under the age of 22 will be required to provide proof of meningococcal vaccination per Texas State Law for enrollment in the Rice University Summer School.
** Japanese Cell Phone: All students will be required to rent a Japanese cell phone to ensure you have a local number/phone to use so your research host lab can contact you and to use in case of emergency. Most U.S. cell phones will not work in Japan and access to free/public wi-fi may vary. If you have a U.S. smartphone, do plan to bring it but be sure to shut the data off and only use it when you have access to wi-fi to avoid large roaming charges. If you have the T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan you will have free data and texting while in Japan.
*** Meal/Living Costs Stipends: The meal/living costs stipend will partially cover the cost of meals and other required/necessary costs not paid for by the program directly. Exact costs will vary and are highly dependent on personal spending/eating habits. Students will have access to a kitchen during the internship and should anticipate cooking some meals on their own.