Japanese Healthcare experience at Juntendo University, Tokyo

Ref: 10003022


Third year Nursing and Midwifery students enrolled on modules Professional Responsibility (NURS3000) and Leading in Midwifery (MIDW3001) are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 15 and the minimum number the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This opportunity will enable third year Nursing and Midwifery students to undertake an intercultural experience that will inform academic insights, practical skills and personal development at Juntendo University and Juntendo University Hospitals in Tokyo.

The purpose of this trip is to offer students an opportunity to experience how the delivery of healthcare services is organised in a different context. Students will meet and engage with students from Japan and there will be opportunities to participate in facilitated workshops, undertake clinical visits in both primary and secondary settings.

There will be a unique opportunity to learn and observe first hand Japan’s changing healthcare system and compare differences or draw parallels with the UK. As a result of participating on this trip students will be expected to reflect critically upon their experiences, present to Japanese students in country and produce a written piece of work on their return. This will be aligned to one of their preregistration modules, either Professional Responsibility (NURS3000) orLeading in Midwifery (MIDW3001).

It is important to note that students will need to have a chest x-ray and additional blood tests with the occupational health team prior to travel to test for levels of immunity. These will need to be adequate before students are able to enter the clinical environment. Please discuss any concerns with the trip lead.

Cultural activities

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. Students will experience Health care within Japan and will have the opportunity to meet with residents in the community. There will also be opportunities for students to visit cultural places of interest in the evenings and at the weekend.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay in-country.

Contact details

Visa information

If you have a British Citizen or British National (Overseas) or EU passport, you can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa. You may need to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket. Students of other nationalities should check the entry requirements on the Japanese Embassy website.

Further information will be provided to all accepted students who require a visa, regarding the type of visa required and how to apply for it, at the pre-departure session. If you have any specific questions about this please email dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk for advice. If a visa is required, you are responsible for applying for one and ensuring that you do so with sufficient time to receive the visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 3 June 2019
  • Return date: Thursday 13 June 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £1100
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food and drink, visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am