Students are expected to make their own air travel arrangements. The Office of Financial Aid can work with you to provide financial aid advances for airfare. Also, it may be worthwhile to check student travel sites as they often offer discounted airfare. The airports with the easiest train or bus access to Kyoto are Osaka Kansai (KIX) International Airport, Itami (Osaka) Airport (ITM), and Nagoya Chubu International Airport (NGO). It is also possible to get to Kyoto by train (two trains) from Tokyo's Narita International Airport (NRT), or Haneda International Airport (HND), but the train ride from Tokyo is significantly longer and more expensive than those from Osaka and Nagoya, and you should schedule accordingly.
U.S. passport holders — please be aware that each passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Japan. Additionally, students who are U.S. citizens, may stay in Japan for up to 90 days without a visa. The requirements for non-U.S. citizens may be different. Students who are not U.S. citizens should investigate the parameters of entrance to Japan for travelers from their home country.
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy
Michigan State University College of Law reserves the right to cancel the Program in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment. Applicants will be notified of cancellation as soon as possible, but in no case later than April 25, 2016. In the unlikely event of such cancellation, there will be a full refund of all tuition and fees and the Program will help interested students gain admission to other ABA approved summer programs. Additionally, if changes in courses offered, or to other significant aspects of the program occur, all registered students will receive prompt notice and an opportunity to withdraw from the program. If a student withdraws under these circumstances the student will receive a full refund of all monies paid within twenty (20) days of withdrawing.
U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings
The U.S. Department of State issues current travel warnings on its website. You may check the advisories listed by the U.S. Department of State (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html). Such advisories are rare for Japan. In the unlikely event of a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning for Japan, either prior to or during the program, all registrants will be given prompt notice and will be able to withdraw from the program. If a student withdraws prior to the program start date based on a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning the student will receive a full refund of all monies paid within twenty (20) days after withdrawal. If the program is cancelled prior to the program start date all students will receive a full refund of all monies paid within twenty (20) days after cancellation and the program will assist students to gain admission to other ABA approved summer programs. If a travel warning is issued during the program the same right to withdraw applies, as does the right to a full refund within twenty (20) days for any student who withdraws, or for all students if the program is terminated. The program will also assist interested students in gaining admission to other ABA approved summer programs. If a travel warning is issued after the start of the program, however, any “room and board payments utilized prior to the date of” withdrawal or program termination might not be refunded as per ABA Criterion VII.D.2. In addition to notice directly from the Program Director you will receive updates on travel warnings from the MSU OSA Office.