The Office of International Programs is committed to providing a wide range of study abroad opportunities to our study population by coordinating faculty-led programs, developing internship opportunities, and parternering with more than 12 universities around the world for exchanges.  Explore our different program types through the menu on the left and find your adventure!  #MercerAbroad


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Mercer University was nominated by the Japanese Consulate in Atlanta and selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to participate in the Kakehashi Project in 2018.  Kakehashi is the Japanese word for "bridge," and the purpose of this program is to promote deep and meaningful connections between U.S. participants and the people and organizations they visit in Japan in order to foster stronger diplomatic, social, and economic relationships between Japan and the United States.  The program is c managed by the Japan International Cooperation Center.

As a recipient of this award, Mercer University has the honor and priviledge of selecting 23 students to participate in a fully-funded study abroad experience in Japan.  For eight days, these carefully selected students will travel to Tokyo and the surrounding area to visit historical sites, participate in cultural activities, visit government offices, learn about the Japanese economy, network with community and business leaders, and experience traditional Japanese family life.  

To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, eligible Mercer students should not delay!  Please take note of important deadlines, application materials, and participation requriements.

Dates and Deadlines

Program Dates:  March 5 - March 13, 2018

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2017

Recipients Announced:  December 23, 2017

Committment Forms Due:  January 5, 2018

Mandatory Orientation:  Saturday, January 27, 2018

Learning Plans Due:  February 15, 2018

Program Assessments Due:  March 31, 2018

Program Eligibility

  • Full-time Mercer University student
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • No history of judicial infractions
  • No previous experience living or studying in Japan
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Selection Criteria

  • Complete and timely applicaiton
  • Demonstrated interest in Japan and Japanese culture
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of global engagement
  • Demonstrated committment to building from foundational knowledge gained through this program
  • Strong faculty/staff references

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