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University of the Ryukyus Intensive Study Program in OKINAWA

  • December 17, 2021
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Program Description

In line with the aim of fostering global leadership to build a global network for preservation and sustainability of island communities, cultures and environments in the Pacific Island Region, this program provides students from the University with the opportunity to participate in an online COIL-based study program that features guest speakers as well as lectures by faculty members of the University’s partner institutions in the Pacific Island Region.

This program will be conducted online in consideration of current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 which have resulted in the continuation of restrictions on international travel. Under these circumstances, the University shall work with our partner institutions to ensure proper and adequate digital infrastructural support for our participants.

Centered upon the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the program provides participants with lectures and a guest speaker series, in addition to opportunities for interaction and collaborative learning on common issues faced by countries and territories in the Pacific Island Region.

The collaborative and interactive components of this program aim to encourage multicultural understanding, leverage knowledge on SDGs and nurture leadership. All program contents will be conducted in English. Students are encouraged to take initiative by preparing for class interaction in advance and actively participating in discussions. Students must also take part in pre- and post-program elements utilizing COIL that will familiarize participants on the main themes of interest in this program.

In consideration of the program’s focus on administering academic content in English on specific themes that include the history, culture and issues affecting the Pacific Island Region as well as curricula input from the University’s overseas partner institutions and intercultural communication with international students, OISP AY2021-22 is open to both students from the University and our partner institutions in the Pacific Island Region. This online program will be regarded as a pre-program for inbound students who wish to apply for the in-person Intensive Short-Term Study Program that is expected to take place in August 2022 (tentative) in Okinawa, Japan.


University and college students who are currently enrolled in partner institutions (including those who are expected to graduate in May 2022).

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Maui College, Kaua’i Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College, Hawaiʻi Community College, Honolulu Community College, Leeward Community College, Windward Community College, University of Guam, Palau Community College, College of Micronesia-FSM, College of Marshall Islands

Program Period

11 days between March 4-18, 2022 (excluding Saturdays and Sundays)

Course Credits

Those who successfully complete the whole program (including pre-and post-program components) will receive TWO credits for the University’s “Special Lectures on Inter-Disciplinary Sciences”. (These credits may be transferred upon review and approval of participants’ home institutions.)

Program Requirements

Prior to the main program, participants are required to participate in pre-program sessions. All participants must submit a reflection and a program evaluation report within one month of completing the main program.

Application Process

Applicants must submit all documents listed below through the international student office of the student’s home institution by the deadline below. (Direct submissions by applicants or mailed applications will not be accepted).

  1. Program application form (Download form HERE)
  2. Certificate of Enrollment from home institution

*Program guidelines and details are available for download HERE

Submission Deadline

January 21 , 2022 (Fri) at 5:00 PM (Japan Time)

March 2nd , 2022 (Wed) at 5:00 PM (Japan Time) (this is only relevant to international students studying on exchange at the University of the Ryukyus)

*Students who are not currently international students at the University should contact us for further information.


Ms. Serinah TAN
Institute for Global Education,
The University of the Ryukyus