Student Stories

March 8, 2017 – 

Allow me to first thank the organization for the $4000 Bridging Scholarship stipend I received. It was a great help to me when I studied abroad at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan from September 2015 to August 2016. I took … » READ MORE

December 20, 2016 – 

When I talk to people about my study abroad experience, one of the most common questions I’m asked is, “what was it like?” It’s such a seemingly simple and straightforward question, and yet it’s one of the hardest questions to … » READ MORE

November 15, 2016 – 


Since the first class of 1999, the Bridging Foundation has assisted 1,723 Bridging Scholars to study in Japan. We enjoyed hearing from many of these alumni, who responded to our recent survey.  Bridging Scholar alumni reported that 78% of them … » READ MORE

July 21, 2016 – 

Thank you, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

(pictured with Bridging Foundation Chairman Thierry Porté and Bridging Scholars during the Bridging Foundation reception at the Ambassador’s residence on January 26, 2016)

Fall 2016 Bridging Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching!

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April 26, 2016 – 

babatunjiBabatunji Kayode, a Business Administration major at California State University East Bay, has long been interested in Japan. Thanks to our generous Robert Grondine Memorial Scholarship donors, Babatunji is currently enrolled in a year-long academic program at Toyo University, where … » READ MORE

March 29, 2016 – 

Olivia2For my 2015 Antioch University independent field research project, I chose health, healing, nature and spirituality in Japan. I traveled many miles by train, subway, shinkansen (bullet train), taxi and foot and hopped from small islands to even smaller islands … » READ MORE

February 24, 2016 – 


J. Sam Bett, a Bridging Scholar alumnus (University of Massachusetts–Amherst/Kwansei Gakuin 2007-2008), has just been awarded first prize in the 2nd Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP) International Translation Competition.  Sam was kind enough to write to us, “Nine years » READ MORE

November 13, 2015 – 

Big Bird in Japan

Chris (University of California–Santa Barbara, electrical engineering) studied at Tohoku University 2006-2007

It began with Big Bird.  I can trace my deep interest to Japan beginning with a simple child’s movie, Big Bird Goes to Japan.  I continued my … » READ MORE

October 27, 2015 – 

Caitlin Milder--Waseda2010-2011

My foreign exchange experience in Tokyo started out like the stories you normally hear:  I was swept away by the culture, the language, the friends both Japanese and foreign, and the travel to the green and beautiful countryside.  I had … » READ MORE

September 22, 2015 – 

Congratulations Bridging Foundation Scholars!

View a map showing where the Fall 2015 Bridging Foundation Scholars will study here.

We’re thrilled to announce that 75 students were recently selected to receive Bridging Foundation scholarships and will begin their study abroad … » READ MORE