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 2024 05/12/24 to 05/26/24

Program Leader

Name Aaron Lottes
Email lottes@purdue.edu
Click here to enroll in this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

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!

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

Friday-Saturday May 10-11 – Depart US (flexible departures depending upon when flights arrive)-You may fly into Narita or Haneda.

Sunday- May 12 – Arrive Tokyo, rest for the night

Monday-May 13-Free time/Welcome Lunch/Travel to Sendai

Tuesday May 14 – Yamadera & Sendai area tour, Group dinner

Wednesday May 15 – Tohoku University, Meet Clinical Research Innovation and Education Center (CRIETO) Personnel, Tohoku University Hospital,  BME Lab tours 

Thursday May 16 – Activities in and around Tohoku University and Sendai (Matsushima), Tohoku University Hospital Academic Science unit, Group Dinner with Tohoku

Friday May 17 – Train to Tokyo, Tokyo tour including Asakusa and TeamLabs, Dinner in Tokyo

Saturday May 18 – Free day to continue exploring Tokyo or visit surrounding areas (e.g., Hakone)

Sunday May 19 – Free day in Tokyo (Sumo Tournament possibility)

Monday May 20 – Cook Medical and Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) visits, Free evening

Tuesday May 21 – Shibaura Institute of Technology; Hitachi visit, Free evening

Wednesday May 22– Tsukuba University, Center for Cybernics visit; travel to Osaka

Thursday May 23 – Riken Center in Kobe, Free afternoon and evening

Friday May 24 – Nipro iMEP (and Infared RX), Kyoto tour including Inari Shrine, Japanese cooking class (includes dinner)

Saturday May 25 – Free day

Sunday May 26 – Free to depart any time.

**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. 

A glimpse into the culture, food, and beauty of Japan ranging from modern to traditional, natural to urban:
(all pictures except the last one are from 2023 study abroad trip)





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:  Scholarships 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 $5050.  Purdue Moves Scholarships available Purdue Moves Scholarships info

Program fees include:  Three academic credits, all housing, ground transportation in country, breakfast daily, a few lunches and dinners, all activities and cultural events on the itinerary, and international health insurance. 

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


Application Deadline

Students will be accepted on a rolling basis.  24 spots 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.