Mitsui Educational Foundation Study Tour of Japan

This financial support is not administered by the University.


The Mitsui Educational Foundation (MEF) was established in 1971 to build stronger ties and promote mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and Australia by introducing Australian students to Japanese culture, history, business, industry, and contemporary lifestyles through an annual tour of Japan.

Generally, the itinerary includes:-

  • Places of historical significance such as Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima;
  • Visits to various 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 their Japanese 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; and

Various tourist destinations in Tokyo including temples, shrines and museums.


In order to be eligible to apply and be awarded this opportunity, a student must be:

  • an Australian citizen;
  • a full-time and on-campus undergraduate student;
  • Must be enrolled in the second year or later of their chosen program;

Studying Japan or the Japanese language is not required to be eligible for the tour.


21-day study tour of Japan - All airfares, transport, meals and accommodation will be met by the Mitsui Educational Foundation.  Tour runs from 20 November - 11 December

How to apply

Complete the application form including 500 words or less on your interest in Japan; what you would like to get out of the program; how you intend to contribute to the tour; and your ability to be an ambassador for ANU and Australia during the tour.

Further information

1 student from ANU will be selected by the Mitsui Education Foundation to attend the tour.

This is not a recruitment exercise by Mitsui & Co.