FMU locates in the city of Fukushima, where nature and wildlife flourish throughout the season. Fukushima is famous for agriculture and has many delicious local cuisines. There are many hot springs in Fukushima that you can visit with low price. In spring you'll get to see the flowers blooming, such as cherry trees. In summer we have several different festivals you get to enjoy. In winter you will get a chance to enjoy winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Lastly, people of Fukushima are very friendly and warm hearted. They will all welcome your visit to the city. For more information please visit: http://www.pref.fukushima.lg.jp/site/english/
Fukushima Medical University The School of Medicine was established as a prefectural medical college with a mission to lead the medical community in Fukushima Prefecture. To fulfill the desire of the citizens to “enjoy a lifetime health and wellness”, the school is committed to providing the communities with healthcare professionals who have advanced skills and judgment. It also carries out ambitious research projects in various fields, and continues its efforts to disperse the research findings through international journals and conferences. To deal with the shortage of doctors, which has been a serious problem throughout the country, the admission quota has been increased in steps since 2008, and it reached 130 in 2013. Our mission is to produce competent healthcare professionals. The School of Medicine encourages students to become intelligent and compassionate doctors who exercise their own skills, pursue harmony, and create better communities. Also FMU carries out numerous projects regarding the outcome of The Great East Japan Earthquake. If you were interested in disaster medicine and health issues related to radiation exposure, FMU is one of the best place to study in Japan. For more information please check: http://www.fmu.ac.jp/univ/en/
Department of Hygiene & Preventive Medicine(Public Health): Learning the way of approaching Hygiens & Preventive Medicine subjects
Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology: Role of Cl- ions in the necrotic cell death
Department of Microbiology: Study of congenital cytomegalovirus infection
Department of Cell Science, Institute of Biomedical Sciences: 1. FLIM (fluorescence lifetime) imaging of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). 2. Direct visualization of the membrane fusion during phagocytosis
Department of Biomolecular Research: Biosignaling Research
Department of Anatomy and Histology: Visualization of the lysosomal enzyme delivery system
You will have breakfast and dinner served at the home stay. You are responsible for your daily lunch. There are two cafeterias, convenience stores, and cafe on the campus. Please help yourself to whatever you prefer.
Lodging will be home stay style, and you will stay with the host family. You might get a chance to stay at one of the FMU's student's house. Your contact person will be in charge of the home stay and contact the host family in advance of your arrival.
If we cannot find host family, you will stay at dormitory.
From the Narita airport / Haneda airport, you will take train to Tokyo station or Ueno station. From Tokyo/Ueno, take bullet train all the way to Fukushima. From Fukushima station there's a bus that goes all the way to FMU campus. There are several ways to come to Fukushima (by bullet train, by bus, by car, and so on). Your contact person will inform you the details in person.
There are many must sees and must tries in Fukushima. Iizaka, Tsuchiyu and Takayu, famous hot spring town in Fukushima have a beautiful sites with relaxing hot springs. In Aizu, we have Tsuruga-jo Castle, a traditional Japanese castle built back in the history. Also Fukushima has many different cuisine, such as ramen, gyoza, and so on. Fukushima is famous for Sake as well, so if you like drinking sake, we recommend you to try some of our local sakes.
Available departments and researches may differ depending on the season, so please make sure to contact our LEO beforehand. Also, we accept student basically around the year except January, April, July and September, but there may be times that we are not available due to various reasons. We will do our best to suit your request but please contact LEO about the available dates as well.
For those people who have fear of radiation, the radiation level at university on 15.7.2016 is 0.142 μSv/h, and it's almost same as other cities in other countries such as Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore. So please don't worry too much.