Call for Applications, The Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) 2017

Deadline:  02 October 2017
Open to: US high school students
Costs:  $400 fee per student for books and the Stanford Continuing Studies credits


The Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) is an online course for high school students sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). Named in honor of former Ambassador to Japan Edwin O. Reischauer, the RSP annually selects 25–30 exceptional high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the United States to engage in an intensive study of Japan. Selected students participate in the online course on Japan from February to June of each year.

Currently entering its fifteenth year, the RSP provides students with a broad overview of Japanese history, literature, religion, art, politics, economics, and contemporary society, with a special focus on the U.S.–Japan relationship. Ambassadors, top scholars, and experts throughout the United States and Japan provide online lectures and engage students in live discussion sessions. RSP students will interact with the Japanese high school students of the Stanford e-Japan Program, deepening their mutual cross-cultural understanding and broadening their global perspectives. Students also complete readings and weekly assignments, with the coursework culminating in an independent research project. Final research projects are printed in journal format, and students are also required to lead two presentations on Japan at their schools or in their local communities. Students who successfully complete the course will earn Stanford Continuing Studies Program (CSP) credit and a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University.

Selected students will participate in 10 "virtual classes" via the Internet between February and June 2018. Students should expect to allot 4–6 hours per week to complete the lectures, discussions, readings, and assignments. Since this is a distance-learning course, however, students can structure most of the work around their individual schedules. Although intensive, the RSP will equip participants with a rare degree of expertise about Japan that may have a significant impact on their choice of study and future career. Students do not need to know the Japanese language to participate in this course. There is a student fee for books and the Stanford Continuing Studies credits.


All current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the United States are eligible to apply. Students are of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and range from those who have exhausted every possible opportunity to learn about Japan and want more, to those who have never had the opportunity to take a course on Japan but are intellectually curious about Japan and its culture. Many of the participants want to be challenged to a far greater extent than their high schools can provide.

Students who apply to the RSP should be self-motivated, genuinely interested in learning about Japan and U.S.–Japan relations, and excited about interacting with other high school students across the United States.


There will be a $400 fee per student for books and the Stanford Continuing Studies credits. For fee-related questions and concerns, please contact Naomi Funahashi at


Since 2003, the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) at Stanford University has conducted distance-learning courses for high school students in the United States, Japan, and China. SPICE invites all high school students to apply to the course that best fits their interests and eligibility. We encourage all applicants to review specific course descriptions and eligibility requirements prior to beginning the application process.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

The official web-page.