TeamUp 2018 Familiarization Tour

The TeamUp 2018 Familiarization Tour is a site visit to Japan for five senior international officers and senior staff members from a diverse array of U.S. higher education institutions to explore potential partnerships and international programming with Japanese institutions of higher education, and to ultimately expand their own institution’s global reach. The weeklong program will take place approximately June 19-28th 2018, with visits to Tokyo, Osaka, Okayama and Sendai.

Administered by Cultural Vistas, TeamUp is a campaign funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and facilitated by the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) to increase the number of U.S. and Japanese undergraduate and graduate students studying in each other’s country by expanding relevant, active, mutually beneficial and innovative agreements among U.S. and Japanese institutions of higher education.

Cultural Vistas will work closely with The Bridging Foundation to select participants through both nomination and open application processes. The program will include visits to universities and colleges that reflect the diversity of higher education in Japan, as well as meetings with the U.S. Embassy (to learn about U.S.-Japan exchange policy) and other TeamUp alumni. Participants will learn about the history and contemporary nature of U.S.-Japan higher education exchange and internationalization; meet with peers at Japanese universities to discuss similarities and differences in approaches to internationalization, and strategize partnership opportunities; meet with Japanese students to gain a greater understanding of expectations of international students coming to the U.S.; and develop at least one relationship with a Japanese university to pursue as an opportunity for international exchange.


  • Demonstrated interest in generating U.S.-Japan institutional partnerships.
  • Higher education professionals—preferably senior international officers, or those involved in the establishment of international institutional partnerships.
  • Applicants must be able to participate in all program activities, including pre-departure virtual programming and post-program debriefing(s).
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants from women’s colleges, community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and other types of institutions that have faced challenges in internationalization.

What's Included

  • Roundtrip economy-class international airfare from the participant’s city of origin in the United States to Japan
  • All lodging and transportation in Japan
  • Health and accident insurance abroad
  • A moderate daily stipend to cover incidentals and some meals (most meals included)
  • Orientation and pre-departure activities to prepare participants for the trip to Japan
  • Access to resources about best practices in establishing partnerships

About TeamUp

TeamUp is a project of the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) and funded through a grant from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo. The Bridging Foundation aims to expand the opportunities for student mobility between Japan and the United States to help prepare the next generation of global leaders and strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship.

For more information about the Bridging Foundation, visit or follow @USJBF on Twitter.

For more information about TeamUp’s efforts to encourage and build connections between American and Japanese institutions, visit

Recent Initiatives

In 2016-2017 Cultural Vistas facilitated the TeamUp Micro-Grants Program with USJBF to award the following ten institutions with micro-grants of up to $7,000 each to help establish partnerships with Japanese institutions:

In summer of 2016, Cultural Vistas brought representatives of the following U.S. institutions to Japan for a weeklong TeamUp Familiarization Tour of Japan to encourage strategic educational partnerships between the two nations:

In 2015, Cultural Vistas supported the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation as it brought 65 senior-level higher education professionals together at a forum in Tokyo to advance strategic educational partnerships between the two nations. In addition to this event, TeamUp sponsored several events and sessions at international education conferences, including AIEA, APAIE, and NAFSA.