NanoJapan offers study abroad opportunities for science students

For many engineering students, spending a summer or semester abroad competes directly with the crucial internships they need to build their careers. But a new national program from TU is changing the way engineers view study abroad.

NanoJapan is an undergraduate program coadministered by The University of Tulsa and Rice University that combines research in nanotechnology with study abroad in Japan. It targets science and engineering undergraduates and has received national attention for its success in motivating these students to invest in an international education.
“Programs like NanoJapan fill a critical void in international education offerings available to U.S. technical students,” said Roger Blais, provost and vice president for academic affairs at TU.

The program centers on a 12-week summer session that involves 16 first- and second-year science and engineering students from U.S. universities. The students participate in a three-week language and culture orientation followed by research internships with leading Japanese nanotechnology laboratories.

“By combining a traditional study abroad experience in Japan with a targeted research internship in the field of nanotechnology, NanoJapan provides students with an international experience that is tightly integrated with their academic program,” said Cheryl Matherly, associate dean for global education at TU.

For more information about NanoJapan and other study abroad opportunities, visit the Center for Global Education at TU.