Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Osaka, Japan A'12

Term- A 2012

Project Opportunities- CS/IMGD MQP

Housing- Shared apartments

Director- Professor Robert W. Lindeman

Preparation- 1/6 unit preparation in D 2012

(contact the director if this timing is a problem)

Application Deadline- November 3, 2011 (before 1:00 p.m.)



Japan is a country of contrasts. From the breathtaking natural beauty of Hokkaido to the frenetic sprawl of the Tokyo megalopolis, from the centuries-old tradition of Japanese calligraphy to the quirky humor of Anime, from kimono-wearing women to purple-haired punk rockers, from world-leading electronic gadgetry to hand-made porcelain, from baseball to sumo, Japan provides something unexpected at every turn.


The Kansai region of Japan is home to three large cities, Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto. Kyoto, Japan's seventh-largest city and one of its oldest, is a former capital, and one of the places that was spared from war damage. Kyoto is considered the "heart of Japan," with many important cultural sites. Kobe, Japan's sixth-largest city, is a harbor town, with an interesting flavor. Osaka is Japan's third-largest city, and provides an eclectic mix of old and new. Kansai is a convenient launching point for travel to other parts of Japan. The location of the project site is at Osaka University, which is within an hour of both Kyoto and Kobe, and about one hour from Nara, another former Japanese capital and cultural center.



MQPs in the Kansai area will be conducted at Osaka University, a leading engineering university. Current projects will involve work in the areas of interactive information systems (e.g., public displays) and other "Cybermedia" applications, and will be conducted within various departments at the university. Specific project descriptions will be available in the first half of 2012.


This project will run from about mid-June 2012 through A Term 2012, so total time in country is about four months. This will give participants a much richer experience in Japan, and allow the teams sufficient time to produce outstanding work. The first part of the project will be considered as an internship, while the actual MQP will take place during A Term.


Admission to the CS/IMGD MQP Program in Kansai is based on the following criteria: academic standing and performance, evidence of maturity and independence, qualifications relevant to the anticipated projects, faculty references, and the results of an interview. Interested students are also strongly encouraged to learn at least some elementary Japanese, though language proficiency is not required to take part.



Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses*


NOTE:  In calculating the extra expense to participate in an off-campus project experience compare this figure to expenses incurred while living on campus: (groceries or meal plan, entertainment expenses, transportation, etc.)

Travel to site (RT airfare)


Local Transportation

$   400



Dining out (12 x)

$   300

Travel, tourist activities, entertainment


Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses



Expenses included on your WPI bill*

Housing and program expenses

plus some local transportation



Estimated Total expenses


 (tuition and on-campus housing not included)

* Subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rate.

Please note that this project runs from mid-June 2012 through A Term 2012.


 Travel Dates:   
Arrive on site:  Sunday, May 20, 2012
Depart site:       Friday, October 5, 2012

Orientation Schedule: 
Orientation Part I On-line:  Must be completed no later than April 17th.
Orientation Part II Mandatory Site Specific Orientation: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 12:00-1:30 p.m.,  IGSD Conference Room
Orientation Part III Sexual Assault:  Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 5:00-6:30 p.m., FL PH UPR

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