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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan; Nagoya, Japan; Nara, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring and/or Summer
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring and/or Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.
Program Description:
University of Michigan International Programs in Engineering

Nagoya University Automotive Summer Program (NUSIP) in Nagoya, Japan - Summer



NUSIP Panoramic Photo

Founded in 1939, Nagoya University has flourished as one of the top national universities in Japan. The NUSIP summer program provides students with a rare opportunity to explore current trends in automotive technology from a Japanese perspective. This interdisciplinary program covers the latest topics in automotive engineering enhanced by industry site visits. Sample topics include: future trends of the automotive industry worldwide, observation and evaluation of drivers, innovation in materials and processing, vehicle dynamics, safety engineering & crash safety, automotive embedded computing systems, communication technologies & navigation systems, energy saving & hybrid technology, recycling and life cycle design and the Toyota Production System.  Industry partners for this program include Denso, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi and more.  A Japanese language course is offered along with cultural excursions to Kyoto, Nara and Tokyo.

Professional Applications: international experiences offer students the opportunity to observe and engage in engineering as a global profession.  Participants in the NUSIP program, in particular, will benefit from the following professional development opportunities:

  • Professional Networking | interact with industry-leaders from Mitsubishi Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc., Honda R&D Co., and Denso Corp. during class lectures/company visits throughout the program 
  • Access to Industry | enjoy VIP access during site visits to automobile industry factories and laboratories including Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki and Yokohama Rubber that are not available to the public


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA*
  • Current U-M Ann Arbor CoE students in good academic standing
  • Sophomore or above**
  • This program is open to graduate students; however, priority will be given to undergraduate CoE students
  • There is no foreign language proficiency for this program
*A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for this program; students are not allowed to petition for an exception to GPA rules.

**Class standing for IPE programs is determined by year of study, regardless of credit hours earned. Applicants must have completed the required year(s) of college study by the program start date.


  • AUTO 499: Special Topics in Automotive Engineering (3 credits)
    • UM students + Nagoya University students + Other (non-local) study abroad students
  • ASIANLAN 100-level Japanese language course (3 credits)
Note: students with previous Japanese language experience may be offered a more advanced Japanese language course.

Students should consult with their CoE Program Advisor regarding what program degree requirements may be met with these courses.

TRANSFER CREDIT: In order to earn transfer credit for IPE semester study abroad programs, the College of Engineering requires students to earn the equivalent of a “C” grade or better in the course.


2018 Program Fee: $2,130

Program Fee Includes:

  • Tuition for Automotive Engineering & Japanese Language Course
  • Accommodation in Nagoya
  • Orientation
  • GEOBlue Travel Abroad Health Insurance (Coverage dates: June 10 - July 22 to cover travel to/from the program location)
  • Public transportation pass
  • Cultural excursions and industry visits, including the Toyota Higashi-Fuji Technical Center and the Suzuki Motors and the Nissan Atsugi Lab
  • Social excursions
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Passport and Visa


Students going on an IPE Program are required to have a passport which is valid for six months beyond the end date of their program.  For this program, your passport must be valid through February 2019.


Due to the duration of this program (less than 90 days), U.S. citizens who participate in this program are not required to obtain a visa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, refer to the List of Regions of Visa Exemptions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website to determine if you need a visa to enter the country.   
If a visa is required, please inform the IPE program advisor.  IPE can offer guidance and help facilitate the collection of required documentation from the host institution; however, only the immigration officials of Japan can answer specific questions regarding your application.  IPE does not represent foreign governments, nor do we create visa regulations. 

+Please note the following:

  • It is the student’s responsibility to research and obtain the required entry/exit documents (i.e. student visa).  Visa requirements vary greatly by program destination and citizenship of the student. 
  • IPE does not guarantee that students can obtain the appropriate visa for this international experience.
  • IPE does not grant visas for students nor claim to be a visa authority.
  • Students cannot apply for a visa until after they have committed to the program.   Once students have confirmed participation in the program, IPE will help gather the required documents needed for the visa application.
  • The visa process can be time-consuming and quite detailed.  If a visa is required, you should start the application process upon confirmation in the program.
  • International students are strongly encouraged to contact the U-M International Center to inquire about how this program may impact their U.S. student visa.
Passport Photos:
IPE offers a free passport photo service by appointment every Friday that classes are in session in the IPE office (245 Chrysler). Undergraduate CoE students needing passport photo(s) for a passport or visa application may drop in to have these photos taken and printed for free. 

Make Your 10-minute Appointment

In your appointment request, please include the following information:
  • What is the international experience you need the photo(s) for?
  • Where is the international experience you need the photo(s) for?
  • How many photos do you need?

Application Procedures

MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS POLICY: Please note that the M-Compass application system allows students to open multiple applications for the same term, but IPE has specific rules regarding the number of applications per student we will review. Please refer to our Multiple Applications Policy for details, and contact your IPE advisor if you have any questions.

While this program is marked as having "Rolling Admission", complete applications will not be reviewed until the priority deadline. Students who complete applications earlier than the stated final deadline will receive an earlier admissions decision! Accepted students will have 7 days to submit their confirmation decision. 

Dates & Deadlines

KEY PROGRAM DATES: June 12, 2018 - July 20, 2018
Arrival Date: June 12, 2018
Classes Begin: June 13,  2018
Classes End: July 19, 2018
Housing Closes: July 20, 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINES: The deadline for this program is January 31, 2018.  Applications completed by 11:59pm on this date will be reviewed for Summer 2018 admission.  

ORIENTATION: All participants who confirm participation in the program must complete two mandatory components to the Pre-departure Orientation: 

  1. The Online Supplement to Pre-Departure Orientation is a self-paced online course that must be completed any time before 11:59 PM on April 1, 2018.  Additional information will be provided to students once confirmed in the program.
  2. In-person Pre-departure Orientation on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on North Campus.


Students will be housed in international student dormitories on the Nagoya University campus.
Payment for housing is included in the NUSIP program fee.

Need to Know

Contact Information

Lead Advisor: Matt Hancock,

International Programs in Engineering
245 Chrysler Center, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2091
Phone: (734) 647-7129
Fax: (734) 647-7081

Visit the International Programs in Engineering website for additional resources and information for engineering students.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring and/or Summer 2018 01/31/2018
Rolling Admission 06/12/2018 07/20/2018
NOTE: APPLICATION DEADLINE: The application deadline for this program is January 31, 2018. Applications completed by this date will be reviewed for admission. There is only one deadline for this program. ORIENTATION: All admitted students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on North Campus.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.