Japan Summer Engineering

Fukuoka Evening scene along the riverside with lights reflected in the water

Program Description

This 3-6 week program allows Notre Dame engineers to research, collaborate, and solve real-life industry problems alongside their Japanese peers and present solutions to industry partners at the end of the program.

You’ll live and conduct research at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), working with industry leaders at Yaskawa Electric Company.

This program is open to all engineering students.

The Japan summer program is led by Notre Dame Professor Bill Goodwine.


All students enroll (3-6 credits) in the following summer engineering course.

AME 40498: Special Studies: International Collaborative Industrial Project


June 1 – June 29, 2024 (tentative)

Some students extend their stay and engage in a summer-long research experience.


Students live in a combination of dorms and apartments.

Program Fee

The program fee for 2024 Kitakyushu, Japan, is $9,000 (6 week program)/$4,500 (3 week program), plus a $200 University Study Abroad Administration Fee.

The program fee includes the cost of a number of Notre Dame engineering credits (varies by each student); accommodations; some group meals; airport transportation; GeoBlue international health insurance; all program academic outings and field trips; and program support from Notre Dame faculty.

It does not include airfare and meals; passport/visa fees; international cell phone/plan; or personal spending money.

All students are considered for need-based engineering scholarships to help underwrite program costs.


Applications will be accepted between September 25 – November 1, 2023.

Program assignments and waitlist notifications occur before Christmas break.


Feel free to contact:

Mike Kitz
Executive Director, Summer Engineering International Programs

Todd Taylor
Director, Summer Engineering International Programs