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UMD-Summer: Japan: Sustainable Energy Production and Utilization (ENME)

Tokyo, Japan
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The International Joint Graduate Course in Sustainable Energy Conversion and the Environment (ENME701) is offered each summer in an intensive three-week, three-credit, format. The aim of the class is to have students gain an understanding of technologies for sustainable energy production, conversion and utilization as well as their limitations and opportunities, and to gain experience in challenges and opportunities in designing sustainable energy systems. Students will develop their own vision for a future sustainable energy scenario in teams with students from other countries. This course is offered in rotation by the following universities: the University of Maryland, the Technical University of Hamburg (Germany), Korea University (South Korea), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), and Waseda University (Japan). 

Waseda University will host the course this summer from July 8 to July 21, 2023. Housing and some meals are included and tuition remission can be applied to the program fee!

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and Non-UMD seniors, graduate students and professionals are eligible to apply.

NOTE: This program is only open to students majoring in Engineering, Chemistry and Physics. Seniors must have a demonstrated interest in energy engineering and it is recommended that you complete ENME633 prior to participating in this program. 

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the Program Leader (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

This program is open only to students of the following majors:
- Chemistry
- Engineering (all majors)
- Physics

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • ENME701: Sustainable Energy Conversion and the Environment

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

Students are expected to stay in hotels within walking distance of campus with students from all participating universities.  The rooms are doubles.  You may be sharing with a fellow UMD student or a student from another university.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Policies

If a student receives tuition remission, they may apply it to the cost of tuition on Education Abroad Short-term programs. Tuition remission only counts towards your tuition costs. It will vary based on the number of credits. Tuition remission will cover the majority of the program fee, however students will be responsible for the Education Abroad Fee, the International Health Insurance, and housing.

All costs reflect summer 2023.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.


Education Abroad Fee
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.
Program Fee
Housing Fee
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Program Fee Total
This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.
Meals (estimate)
Roundtrip airfare (estimate)
Course materials
Incidental expenses
Trip cancelation insurance (optional)

*Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.


PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Dr. Reinhard Radermacher is the Faculty Program Leader and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, U.S.A. He is an internationally recognized expert in working fluids for energy conversion systems; in particular heat pumps, air-conditioners and refrigeration systems. 

Dr. Yunho Hwang is a Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering at the University of Maryland, U.S.A.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Leader. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Learn about technologies for sustainable energy production, conversion and utilization with students from universities in Asia and Europe.
  • Gain experience in challenges and opportunities in designing sustainable energy systems.
  • Develop your own vision for a future sustainable energy scenario and see perspectives from students from other parts of the world.
  • Go on a weekend excursion with fellow students to local areas of interest.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2023 04/02/2023 04/03/2023 07/08/2023 07/21/2023