Harvard Summer Program in Yokohama, Japan

Cutting-edge science in Yokohama at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS)

Faculty: Takao Hensch and principal investigators at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS)

Experience science in Japan at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS). This 10-week program begins with a private tutorial by IMS faculty on basic immunology, followed by an international lecture series at the graduate level culminating in a cutting-edge symposium by world leaders in the field.

Students then enter IMS host labs to conduct basic research alongside young Japanese scientists. On-site language courses and weekend excursions to nearby cultural sites such as Kamakura and Mt. Fuji are an integral component.

Course of study

Prerequisites for both courses: laboratory experience to be determined by the instructor.

BIOS S-98ry Study Abroad in Yokohama, Japan (RIKEN): Reading and Research in Integrative Medicine (32538)

Takao K. Hensch
(4 credits: UN) Limited enrollment.

The RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS), which was established in 2013 to integrate immunology and human genome research, aims to create a new research area, "integrative medical sciences," and contribute to the future of human health. Students are placed in a laboratory for their independent research project based on their academic interests. See the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS) website for more information.

BIOS S-142a Study Abroad in Yokohama, Japan (RIKEN): State of the Art in Immunology (32546)

Takao K. Hensch
(4 credits: UN) Limited enrollment.

This course covers the breadth and complex, dynamic nature of the immune system. Topics include lymphocyte development, T-cell and B-cell response, innate immunity, mucosal immunity, and immunodeficiency. Students are exposed to recent research on receptor signaling, immune network by regulatory T cells and NK T cells, autoimmunity, and other important issues during advanced lectures.

Course credit

See Study Abroad Credit Information.


Takao K. Hensch, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University


Before applying, review the Admission and Policies and FAQs pages.

The application period has now closed.

Students must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student in good academic standing to apply.

The application materials, outlined below, are due January 29, 2015:

  • A completed online application that includes:
    • A $50 nonrefundable application fee
    • A statement of interest in the program, including information on relevant coursework and travel experience abroad (previous travel is not a prerequisite)
    • Transcripts (student record accepted for Harvard students)

Program directors may ask for interviews.

Students will be notified of admission decisions by mid-February.


There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The cost of the program is $5,750 and includes the following:

  • Tuition
  • Room and some meals
  • Excursions (including meals when appropriate)

In addition to the program fee, students are responsible for:

  • A health insurance fee (waived if students have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
  • Transportation to and from Yokohama
  • The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
  • Any immunizations

Suggested budget

See a sample budget for estimated expenses.

How to pay and funding options

See Payment and Funding for payment deadlines, deposit amounts, and more information, including funding options for Harvard College students.

For information on Reischauer Institute funding opportunities, please visit Reischauer’s webpage on fellowships and grants.


Students reside in dorms inhabited by exchange students studying at various institutions in Yokohama.

Additional information

Contact Takao Hensch, hensch@mcb.harvard.edu.

Information session

November 20, 6–7 pm
CGIS South, room S020

Students with disabilities

Students should contact the disability services coordinator as soon as possible. See Students with Disabilities for more information.