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Engineering: Summer in Japan-Kyushu [x-FU(s)ION]
Fukuoka, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Overview
The Illinois renewable engergy PIRE project is a 2 month paid undergraduate research internship in Kyushu University (KU), Japan.  The goal of the x-FU(s)ION international research internship is to increase students' awareness, exposure and motivation about renewable energy research and provide students with a unique global workforce experience.  All award recipients are required to present the results of their project (as a poster presentation) at the PIRE annual meeting as well as contribute to the PIRE outreach program during Academic Year 2017-2018.

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General Study Abroad Information
The City of Fukuoka
Fukuoka is considered Japan's sixth largest city, and the largest city on the island of Kyushu.  Fukuoka is made of two former towns, the Fukuoka castle town on the west bank of the Naka-gawa and Hakata on the east.  A meeting was called to decide upon a name for the new city where, it is said the name Hakata was about to be chosen, when a group of samurai interupped the meeting and demanded the city be named Fukuoka.

Fukuoka has been ranked as the 10th most livable city in the world and has also been praised for it green space a metropolitan setting.

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Academic Environment
Where you will study
Kyushu University's history dates back to 1903 when Fukuoka Medical College was established as the foundation of Kyushu Imperial University.  The Colleges of Medicine and Engineering, were established in 1911 and in 1947, Kyushu Imperial University was renamed Kyushu University.  Since it's establishment, Kyushu University has been engaged in education, research and medical activities at the highest levels.  In 2003, the university was integrated with the Kyushu Institute of Design, Making it the only national university in Japan to offer an interdisciplinary engineering and design program. 

Kyushu University offers an unrivalled academic opportunity that responds to the changing needs of society and brings a tradition of pioneering new fields by going beyond existing frameworks. 
Student Life
There is a great deal to see and experience at Kyushu University.  For information on items like campus facilities, extracurricular activities and the Foreign Students Association, please read more here.

The internship provides an award that includes the following for a 2 month (June 12th to August 11th) summer internship.
  • $4000 summer stipend
  • Room and Board
  • Rountrip Airfare
  • Health Insurance
  • Culture and language orientation
The internship dates are set in stone. Successful applicants will work with faculty, students and postdocs on experimental and computational projects focusing on the use of solid oxide electrolysis cells to transform renewable energy into chemical energy and store it for later use. The internship will expose students to the energy storage grand challenge and provide them access to the world-class experimental facilities and resources at KU.  Knowledge of Japanese language is preferred, but not a necessary requirement.  

This internship will be conducted in English.
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Onsite Support
Each exchange program offered through the College of Engineering utilizes an on-site coordinator.
International Student Office
The international student office assists students with local issues.

Accommodation is TBD.

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Credit will be given for courses taken abroad with prior approval of the student’s advisor and the IPENG office.  Credit earned abroad can be transferred to UIUC and used to satisfy curriculum requirements as approved.

Students must meet the following criteria:
  • must be at least of sophomore standing and demonstrade interest in energy research
  • must demonstrate schoastic excellence
  • must be a student in good standing with your college
  • US Citizenship is required.
Students must submit the following:
  • a one page personal statement which addresses:
    • why you are interested in this internship
    • what you hope to gain from this experience
    • your professional goals
  • resume
  • transcript
Applications are solicited through the NCSA PIRE application.  Students will be notified of decision no later than February 23rd by IPENG. 

Returned Study Abroad Student Reflections

Student Experiences
Engineering students returning from a program abroad (winterbreak, summer, semester or even academic year) write about their experiences to provide students a firsthand knowledge of their thoughts and activities while they were away.  The following website will provide you both written and PowerPoint versions of experiences of students abroad – whether on an IPENG program or campus related program.  ( )
Contact Former Study Abroad Students
Having trouble deciding on a location? Unsure about what to pack, or which classes to take? Send an email to someone who has been there! Our returnees love talking about their time abroad, so send them an email!
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Additional Program Resources
Before You Leave
The “preparing to go”  section on our website provides you with information on what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure. (
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Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines posted on the brochure page: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.

Deadline: January 23rd
How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
The Study Abroad Application includes, but is not limited to, the following items:
  • a one page personal statement which addresses:
    • why you are interested in this internship
    • what you hope to gain from this experience
    • your professional goals
  • resume
  • transcript
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  Contact Information
International Programs in Engineering (IPENG)
1308 West Green St.
210 Engineering Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  

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Program Cost and Advance Fees
For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets,” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information, which also includes information on Financial Aid, and Scholarships.
All students should be aware that once they are accepted and commit to a program, they will be charged the non-refundable processing fee.
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Financial Aid and Scholarships
Because this program is sponsored by the University of Illinois, financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with a financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package. 
In addition to financial aid, there are other alternatives to funding your time abroad. Click here to learn more about our over $850,000 in scholarship opportunities. One scholarship that everyone is eligible for is the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship. For more information, click 
Interested UIUC Engineering students may also want to receive the International Engineering Fellowship to help with airfare.  Check the IPENG website for further information on eligibility and guidelines for the fellowship.  ( )  Application deadlines are very strict for this fellowship.  Only students planning to study abroad during a current application cycle may apply.
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Health, Safety, Pre-Departure
Pre-Departure Activities
All students are required to attend all Pre-Departure Activities the semester before their term abroad. The exact dates, times, and location will be given to students post-acceptance so that they can arrange for their attendance at the activity(ies). Topics such as Culture Shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. This is also a really great opportunity to talk about packing, meet other classmates on a program, and talk to returnees who have already been to the host country.  Check the IPENG Calendar for upcoming dates. 
Health and Safety
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found on our website:

Additionally, students are required to sign off on a Health and Safety Orientation , and are encouraged to read through the Safety and Security section of our website which includes topics from road safety and keeping your valuables and money safe, to nontraditional student identities while abroad.  This link includes information on our 24-hour Emergency service, Health Matters, Insurance, and Safety and Security
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Passport/Visa Information
You must have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries. (

Changes, Withdrawing and Refund Policy

To change to a different program during the application process, please visit this link (

To withdraw from a program after committing to participation, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy ( )

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 01/23/2017
02/23/2017 06/12/2017 08/11/2017
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA

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