Fully funded trip to Japan through the Mitsui Educational Foundation

Fully funded trip to Japan through the Mitsui Educational Foundation

Published: 6 May 2016

The Mitsui Educational Foundation (MEF) was established in 1971 to achieve two objectives: make a meaningful contribution to the betterment of society and to help build stronger ties and promote a mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and Australia.

Selection process

Eight students are selected per year from 8 universities around Australia to participate in the MEF annual tour of Japan. Each university interviews at least ten students in order to provide Mitsui with a final shortlist of four candidates. The four shortlisted students are interviewed by the MEF and one candidate is selected to represent their university on the tour.

Tour information

The 21-day fully chaperoned tour provides a balanced experience of corporate, traditional and contemporary Japanese culture and runs from 22 November 2016 until 13 December 2016. All transport, accommodation, insurance and transfer costs are borne by the MEF. Students are only responsible for incidental expenses such as snacks, souvenirs and phone calls. 

Generally the itinerary includes:

  • Places of historical significance such as Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima
  • Visits to Japanese companies and factories
  • Homestay with a Japanese family
  • Weekend with Japanese university students who will commence employment with Mitsui next year
  • Attending a lecture at Keio University with local students
  • Meeting with the Australian Ambassador to Japan
  • Experience of the nature in Japan such as Hakone and Miyajima Island
  • Experience of the Japanese tradition such as hot spring and tea ceremony
  • Various tourist destinations in Tokyo including temples, shrines and museums

*It is not a recruitment exercise by Mitsui


Students must be Australian citizens and full-time undergraduates in their second year or above.

Study of the Japanese language is not required to be eligible for the tour.

Upon returning to Australia the student is required to provide a report on his or her impressions of Japan, and provide a presentation based on this report to the MEF Trustees and Mitsui. Other than this, the student is in no way obligated to Mitsui or the Foundation on their return to Australia. Participants additionally become automatic members of the MEF Alumni Association, with chapters in each state/territory of Australia. 


Complete the attached Mitsui Educational Foundation 2016 Tour Application via:

by 5pm, Friday 13 May 2016. Interviews will be held the following week to select 4 finalists who will be interviewed by MEF in August 2016. 

Note: If you choose to source a provider on your own, please remember to do some research on them first and ensure that they are a legitimate organisation and that the product they offer will definitely meet your requirements. Students are therefore advised to undertake their own risk assessment before departure and any participation in these programs is at their own risk.

All programs involve some degree of risk to participants.

Before departure

All students should register their travel with UNSW. You should also undertake a risk assessment before heading overseas. For more information see How to prepare for departure.

More information

For further information email - advisor4globaled@unsw.edu.au

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