A Partnership Between the Penn Biden Center, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Embassy of Japan

The Kakehashi Project

The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, working with the School of Arts and Sciences and the Embassy of Japan, is proud to announce an exciting opportunity for Penn students to travel to Japan from January 7-15, 2019, during Penn’s winter break, to participate in the Kakehashi Project.

The application period to participate in the Kakehashi Project is now closed.

The Kakehashi Project is a Japanese government-sponsored program that brings graduate and undergraduate students to Japan for a week of cultural exchange and meetings with Japanese leaders in government, business, and industry. Hotel, airfare, travel and meal expenses are all covered through the program. Participants will need to cover only their personal expenses including: passport, vaccination, travel between their home and the U.S. airport, accommodation and meals in the U.S., and purchase of souvenirs/personal goods before or during the program.

In addition to being available to travel to Japan during the month of January, students must commit to attending an orientation session and three preparatory discussions with experts from the Penn Biden Center, the Japanese Embassy and Penn faculty throughout the Fall semester.  Participants need not speak Japanese, but they should be curious about the world and passionate about advancing international engagement, understanding and diplomacy. 

See below for additional information. Further questions can be emailed to: pbc-info@pbc.upenn.edu.

  • SAS Graduate Students: from any program

  • College Undergraduates: Seniors in the following majors/programs:

    • East Asian Languages and Civilizations

    • History

    • Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business

    • International Relations

    • Political Science

  • Guidelines from the Japanese government for participation in the Kakehashi Project stipulate that:

    • Applicants must have US citizenship or permanent resident status in the US.

    • Those who have Japanese nationality are ineligible.

    • Those who have participated in KAKEHASHI Project or other programs funded by the Japanese government are ineligible.

    • Those who have studied or stayed in Japan for more than a year are ineligible.

    • Applicants should be physically capable of keeping up with a busy program schedule requiring extensive walking each day.

Students selected to participate in the Kakehashi Project will travel to Japan and attend lectures and participate in meetings with leaders that promote greater understanding of Japan's economy, politics, society, history, culture and diplomatic relations. They will be expected to participate in every element of the official program during the stay, and they will be asked to document and share their experiences in Japan via social media. 

Additionally, selected students should prioritize participating in three preparatory discussions during the Fall semester on-campus at Penn or at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C. 

The following expenses are covered by the program: 

  • Round trip economy class international airfare to and from Japan; 

  • Overseas travel insurance;

  • Accommodation, transportation, and meals during the program in Japan;

  • and admission fees for scheduled activities in Japan. 

Participants pay their own personal expenses, including: 

  • passport fees,

  • vaccinations,

  • travel between home and the designated departure airport in the U.S.,

  • and the purchase of personal goods and souvenirs.

If a participant selected for the trip chooses to drop out for reasons other than a medical emergency or other unavoidable circumstances, the participant will be fully responsible for any costs associated with the cancellation.