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Students in Japan Lansing Community College, the pioneer in community college study abroad in Japan, offers life-changing global experiences for its students. These opportunities stem from the strong connection between Lansing and its sister city, Otsu, located in Michigan's sister state, the Shiga Prefecture, Japan. LCC's partnership with Michigan State University also helps students study around the globe.

Japan Immersion

Up to 10 LCC students are selected to complete an internship with the Biwako Kisen Steamship Company, Ltd., a Japanese company, during spring, summer or fall semester.

The experience includes a 4-credit unpaid internship on the Michigan Boat, where students serve as American cultural ambassadors, greeting Japanese tourists and school groups who ride the Boat. Students also will study Japanese language with a faculty member from Japan's University of Shiga Prefecture. The application for the Japan Immersion is available here.

Japan Immersion

"This internship is more than an internship," said participant Elliot Welch. "It helped me see the world differently, explore a different culture, and work with Japanese and Americans every day to accomplish a common goal."

Japan Education Internship

The Japan Education Internship offers two LCC students the opportunity to work with Japanese teachers to teach English in an Otsu, Japan elementary school. The LCC Japan Education Internship takes place from May to July. Internship experiences include:

Japan Education Internship

  • Doing English dialog examples with classroom teacher
  • Leading English-language classroom activities with children
  • Working with LCC faculty and Japanese elementary teachers to develop weekly lesson plans

Applications for the education internship are available here. For more information on this program, contact Professor Marc Thomas at

Literary Ireland 2015

"In Ireland, the inevitable never happens, and the unexpected constantly occurs." -- John Pentland Mahaffy (1839-1919)

Do you read for adventure? What if the adventure could be real? Join us in Ireland, as we seek the unexpected and experience Irish literature.

Literary Ireland is a 3-credit study abroad program that begins with class meetings on LCC's main campus for the last eight weeks of spring semester (2 hours per week), culminating with travel and study in Ireland from May 17 to June 3, 2015. Students will travel between three base sites in Ireland—Dublin, Sligo, and Galway. At each location students will participate in a variety experiences that will include visits to ancient historical sites, cultural tours, literary events—museums, theater performances, lectures, walking tours, with time to enjoy the Irish landscape, people, arts, and culture. Students will read selections from Irish mythology and some of the greats of Irish literature—Synge, Yeats, Swift, Wilde, Joyce, Heaney, and Shaw, in addition to some contemporary Irish writers. The program application can be found here.

Lead an Academic Program Abroad

LCC faculty interested in developing and leading a new study-abroad program in 2015 should submit a proposal by the end of September 2014. Questions about the proposal form, available here, may be directed to the College's Global Education Coordinator, Marc Thomas, at The College anticipates selecting one or two new programs abroad for 2015.

Study Abroad through Michigan State University

A partnership between Lansing Community College and Michigan State University encourages LCC students to participate in MSU's study-abroad programs.

Experiences abroad range from Advertising in the Mediterranean to Education in South Africa. Through its Office of Study Abroad, MSU leads the nation in study abroad participation among public universities. MSU's program options are among the most diverse, with more than 260 programs in 60 countries on all continents. Its programs range in length from one week to an academic year, and they are offered during each session, including fall semester, spring semester and breaks.

"The Japan education internship changed my life and the lives of the students I worked with. I'd do it again in a heartbeat if I could."

-- Susan Zack, 2012 LCC Education Intern in Japan

Check out MSU's Study Abroad Site, where you can find more details on each program, and a searchable database of the University's study-abroad programs.

When do I have to apply?

Application deadlines for MSU's study abroad programs are as follows:

  • October 15: Winter Break & Spring Semester programs
  • January 15: Spring Break programs
  • March 1: Summer & Fall Semester & Academic Year programs

How can I pay for study abroad?


LCC Japan Scholarships. Students selected for the LCC Japan Immersion receive a $2000 scholarship from the LCC Foundation to help defray the cost of the program. Those selected for the LCC Japan Education Internship receive a $2000 LCC institutional scholarship to help defray the total program cost.

Gilman Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship is offered by the federal government to help students who are underrepresented in study abroad participation to take part. If you receive a federal Pell grant, you are eligible to apply for the Gilman. Click here or contact Marc Thomas at for more details. The application deadline for spring study abroad programs is in early October; the deadline for summer and fall programs is in March.

Federal Grants and Loans

Federal Financial Aid. If you have not done so, fill out the federal FAFSA form, then contact LCC Financial Aid Office, which can help you determine eligibility for federal loans and grants to help make paying for study abroad a little easier. Click here for more info on financial aid.

Where do I get more info?

Marc Thomas
Professor, Social Science and Humanities
Arts & Sciences Room 201
PO Box 40010 – MC 5100
Lansing, MI 48901

Study Abroad with Lansing Community College

Academic Affairs
Administration Bldg, Room 201
Phone: (517) 483-1498
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