Harvard Summer Program in Yokohama, Japan

June 4, 2018 to August 13, 2018
Apply by: 
January 26, 2017

Study under world-renowned integrative medicine and immunology experts.   

At the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS) in Yokohama, Japan, you and other science concentrators study integrative medicine and immunology and enter IMS host labs for research. Students also learn Japanese and travel throughout the country. The program culminates with an international lecture series at the graduate level and a cutting-edge symposium by leading scientists in the field.

Program Structure

The program comprises: 

  • Independent research in a laboratory of your choosing
  • A private tutorial by RIKEN faculty on basic immunology
  • A graduate-level lecture series and international symposium 
  • Onsite, noncredit Japanese instruction and weekend excursions

You take two courses. BIOS S-98RY counts as 4 credits of summer independent research; the other course counts as 4 credits of elective course degree credit. 

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.

Where You Live and Study

The RIKEN Center for IMS was established in 2013 with the aim of advancing human health. It is the ideal place to learn from leading researchers and advance your research experience. You will also have the opportunity to explore Japan beyond the lab, with weekend excursions to nearby cultural sites such as Kamakura and Mt. Fuji.


You reside in dorms with fellow exchange students who are studying at various institutions in Yokohama.

How to Apply

Review How to Apply before submitting your application.

Application materials include: 

  1. A statement of interest in the program
    • Include information on relevant coursework and travel experience abroad (previous travel is not required) 
  2. Transcripts
    • Harvard College applicants: You may submit an unofficial transcript accessed from my.harvard.edu.
    • Non-Harvard applicants: Submit an official transcript from your university.
  3. A $50 nonrefundable application fee

Note: Interviews may be requested.

Applications are now closed. 


The program fee is $6,750, which includes tuition, accommodation, scheduled excursions and activities, and some meals.   

See Funding and Payment for information on how to submit payments and funding options.

Student budget

Student budget

In addition to the program fee, you will need to budget for a number of personal expenses: 

  • International airfare ($1,600 to $2,000)
  • Local transportation ($500)
  • Some meals ($1,200)
  • Course materials ($50)
  • Personal expenditures, laundry, communications, and miscellaneous ($300)

Please note: The amounts are approximate, and you may incur additional expenses not listed here. Your actual expenses will depend on a number of factors, including your personal spending habits and currency exchange rates. If you have specific questions about budgeting, please contact the program directly.

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