Florida-Japan Linkage Institute

The Florida-Japan Linkage Institute works toward strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between the people of Florida and Japan through the promotion of educational, cultural, economic and policy relations.


The Institute, created in 1987 by the Florida Legislature, is dedicated to the development of stronger economic and social ties between Florida and Japan through the promotion of expanded public and private dialogue on cooperative research and technical assistance activities, increased bilateral commerce, student and faculty exchanges, cultural exchanges, and the enhancement of language training skills between Florida postsecondary institutions and those of Japan (Florida Statute 288.8175).

The statute enables the Institute to award out-of-state tuition exemptions to Japanese citizens studying at state universities and community colleges that are part of the Florida State University System and the Florida Community College System on an F-1 visa. Students interested in applying for a tuition exemption award should see the Tuition Exemption Policies and Procedures.

Tuition Exemption Deadlines:

March 07, 2014 for Summer 2014
June 06, 2014 for Fall 2014
November 07, 2014 for Spring 2015

The Institute is co-administered by the University of West Florida, University of South Florida, and St. Petersburg College. Currently, the administration of the Institute is located at the University of West Florida. Please send all application materials and direct any questions or comments to:

Dr. Douglas Trelfa , Co-Director
japan@uwf.edu

Florida Japan Linkage Institute
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway
Bldg. 71, Room 149
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: (850) 474-3363

Amanda Gilmer, Co-Director
gilmer@usf.edu

Florida-Japan Institute
USF World
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., CGS 101
Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: (813) 974-5528
Fax: (813) 974-8271

Ramona RW Kirsch , Co-Director
kirsch.ramona@spcollege.edu

Director, Center for International Programs
St. Petersburg College
6605 5th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone: (727) 341-4732
Fax: (727) 341-4623


Tuition Exemption

This exemption program is open to citizens of Japan who are studying at state universities and community colleges that are within the Florida State University System and the Florida Community College System on an F-1 visa.

Tuition Exemption Info

Japan Center

The Japan Center operates the activities of the Florida-Japan Linkage Institute, the Jikei-American Center , the UWF Japan House and the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida.

Japan Center
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