If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Regulatory and Clinical Science for Global Health in Japan

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Sendai, Tokyo, Osaka , Japan
Course # SA 10517 or
SA 59000
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 05/07/23 to 05/21/23

Program Leader

Name Aaron Lottes
Email lottes@purdue.edu
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed


Program Description

Join Professors Aaron Lottes and Yunjie Tong for this adventure in beautiful Japan!  You will tour medical device companies, universities, and research facilities, meet with government agencies, and hear lectures from faculty at our partner universities across Japan.  We will investigate medical device development, design, testing, and evaluation and consider how culture impacts these processes.  Enjoy many cultural activities along the way!

**24 students have been accepted.  For now, additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list until either other students unenroll from the program or do not make a deposit by the December 1 deadline; if a student does not make a deposit, more spaces may become available.**

Preliminary itinerary (subject to change) is below and includes stops in Sendai, Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Sunday May 7 – Depart US

Monday May 8 – Arrive Japan, overnight Tokyo

Tuesday May 9 – Travel to Sendai; explore local area and recover from travel

Wednesday May 10 – Tohoku University Hospital Clinical Research, Innovation and Education Center; industry tour

Thursday May 11 – Tohoku University Biomedical Engineering; Dinner with Tohoku University members

Friday May 12 – Travel to Tokyo; visit medical device manufacturer and product development center on the way

Saturday May 13 – Tour Tokyo

Sunday May 14 – Free day to continue exploring Tokyo or visit surrounding areas

Monday May 15 – Meet with government agencies (e.g., PMDA, MHLW, AMED)

Tuesday May 16 – Visit Tsukuba Center for Cybernics Research

Wednesday May 17 – Shibaura Institute of Technology; medical device industry visit

Thursday May 18 – Travel to Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe area; RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

Friday May 19 – Kyoto University and/or Osaka University Global Center for Medical Engineering and Informatics

Saturday May 20 – Free day to explore Osaka or Kyoto

Sunday May 21 – Return to US or extend stay in Japan

- There will be additional opportunities during the trip for cultural activities and to explore the local areas


**There is no finanical obligation to apply.  There will only be a finanical obligation after acceptance and a deposit is paid**

All non-academic questions should be directed to Jill Churchill at churchil@purdue.edu.  All questions regarding academic matters should be directed to Prof. Lottes or Prof. Tong.  If you are interested in contracting this course for honors credit please let us know and we will work with you to develop a plan.


A glimpse into the culture, food, and beauty of Japan ranging from modern to traditional, natural to urban:
(all pictures except the last 2 are from previous trips to Japan by Prof. Lottes in the Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka regions)









Academic Credit

Earn three credits of BME 49500 or BME 59500.  Please check with your academic advisor to determine how this can be used in your plan of study. 


Program is open to both undergradate and graduate students.  All engineering students and students in other majors who have an interest in medical devices and are in good academic standing will be considered.  No students on academic probation will be considered. 

**Graduate students please note:  Scholarlships and Financial Aid are not available for graduate students

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Estimated cost is $4300.  Purdue Moves Scholarships available Purdue Moves Scholarships info

Program fees include:  Three academic credits, all housing, all ground transportation in country, breakfast daily, a few lunches and dinners, all activities on the itinerary, airport pick-up upon arrival, and international health insurance. 

Additional costs:  Airfare,  most lunches and dinners, passport, Visa, and personal spending money and activities.


Application Deadline

24 students have been accepted.  You may apply and be placed on a waiting list until after the deposit deadline of December 1.   If a student does not make a deposit, more spaces may be available. 

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.