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Does the program offer financial aid or scholarships?

The NP:J Jackson Bailey Scholarship is awarded to qualified students based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. Named after the late Japan scholar Professor Jackson Bailey of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, the scholarship exists to make study in Japan a reality for students who otherwise might not be able to participate. Scholarships cover up to half of the program fee; the maximum scholarship is $2,000 for school group students. Scholarship results will be announced in December. If selected for a scholarship, the student must share what they learned during the NP:J program with the school and/or community.

What are some ideas for fundraising?

Participants in the past have organized talent shows, auctions, bake sales, bingo nights, walk-a-thons, and car washes with friends or a school club. They have also arranged Japan-themed dinners or cultural evenings and charged a small admission fee, in addition to exhibiting drawings, paintings, pottery, photography, or other creations, collecting commissions on artwork.

Other ideas might include contacting local businesses. Participants might write a letter to local companies, stores, restaurants, or other organizations for contributions. Businesses with an international or Japan connection are especially relevant.

What does the program fee include?

  • Round-trip international air transportation to and from Japan
  • Surface travel to and from international airports and accommodations in Japan
  • Breakfast and 1,500 yen dinner meal money during “study days” in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • All entrance fees to special attractions as per the group’s approved tour itinerary with the exception of Ghibli Museum and Skytree tickets
  • Pre-departure study and orientation lessons
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and cultural exploration activities in the Tokyo and Kyoto regions
  • Homestay with a Japanese family and exchange with a Japanese school
  • Follow-on activities designed to help reflect on the experience and articulate “new perspectives” of Japan.

For which expenses is the participant responsible?

  • Transportation to and from the U.S. departure airport designated by Laurasian Institution
  • Health insurance coverage during the NP:J program
  • All lunch, snack, and drink costs during the study tour (Host families ordinarily provide breakfasts and dinners while participants are expected to pay for any additional meals.)
  • Participants are given an IC Rechargeable Card to cover transportation costs. NP:J will provide the transportation allowance on a daily basis. If a participant loses the IC Rechargeable Card, they are responsible for any remaining transportation cost for the rest of that day plus the purchase of a new card ($5).
  • While transportation to and from school is covered during the homestay portion, transportation, entertainment, activity costs, and other miscellaneous expenses incurred during free time is the participant’s responsibility.
  • All personal expenses, such as internet fees, postage for mailing packages, excess luggage fees, personal purchases (toiletries, souvenirs, gifts, etc.), and medical, dental, or hospital bills
  • Any checked baggage beyond the first bag (if airline charges participant for first bag, they should retain receipt and submit to Laurasian Institution for reimbursement).

Are there any additional fees?

  • Late passport fee: Passport copies must be submitted to travel agents well before departure. Participants who fail to send a valid passport copy to NP:J by the March 15 deadline must pay a late passport fee of $50. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the conclusion of the NP:J tour.
  • Nonsufficient funds: If a participant’s check is returned to Laurasian Institution due to insufficient funds, a $50 fee will be added to the participant’s balance.
  • Guides: Japanese volunteers or guides are available to accompany groups on study tour days for an additional fee of $250-$500 per day.

Additionally, tickets to the Ghibli Museum and Tokyo Skytree are not included in the program fee. If the group wishes to visit the Ghibli Museum, an extra $15 will be added to each participant’s program fee. If the group wishes to visit the Tokyo Skytree, an extra $25 will be added to each participant’s program fee.

How much spending money should a participant bring?

Depending on eating and spending habits, $400-$600 should be sufficient for souvenirs, lunches, snacks, film, etc. ATMs at banks do not take U.S. bank cards. While the prevalence of stores and restaurants, which accept credit cards has increased over the years, Japan primarily remains a cash-based society. Participants may withdraw Japanese yen from 7/11 ATMs but should be aware that most U.S. banks charge a small fee for international transactions. Participants should call their bank prior to withdrawing money overseas, so the bank does not freeze a card due to suspected fraud.