NanoJapan IREU \\ Eligibility & Selection 
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Eligibility & Selection


To be eligible to apply for the NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) program you must be: 

• Currently enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student at a U.S. institution of higher education; 
• A U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 
• Currently in the spring semester of your first (freshman) or second (sophomore) year of study;
• In good academic standing and not currently under any academic suspension or other disciplinary action at your home university; 
• Able to express a demonstrated interest in the field of nanotechnology as it relates to THz dynamics of nanostructures.

All eligible students with a strong interest in the field of physics-related nanotechnology research and desire to study in Japan are encouraged to apply. Women, underrepresented groups, and students from schools with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply. Community college students who plan to matriculate to a four-year university and major in physics or engineering are also strongly encouraged to apply. 


The U.S. is one of 61 countries that Japan has granted visa exemption status to and US citizens do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. However, if you are a U.S. permanent resident who is not a citizen of one of these countries, such as the People's Republic of China or India, you will need a visa to enter Japan. If you are a U.S. permanent resident who does not qualify for the visa exemption status please contact NanoJapan at prior to applying.

International students studying in the U.S. on a student visa are not eligible to apply to NanoJapan per sponsor regulations. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply.

Selection Criteria

Complete applications will be reviewed by the NanoJapan selection committee and telephone interviews will be held with all program finalists. When reviewing applicants the NanoJapan program seeks students who:

The NanoJapan program and our research projects are particularly well-suited to physics, electrical engineering, and materials science majors. Students in other science or engineering disciplines are eligibile to apply but should be able to express a demonstrated interest in applied physics research in the area of THz dynamics of nanostructures. Potential applicants should review the NanoJapan Participant Profiles and NanoJapan Student Posters pages of our website to learn more about the type of research conducted by our students abroad and to determine if the NanoJapan Program is a good fit for your academic and research interests.

The NanoJapan IREU program is geared towards the needs of young undergraduates who are new to scientific research and study of Japanese language and culture. Prior research experience or study of Japanese language or culture are not program requirements, but if you have prior experience please share this in your application essays.

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