Program Cost

Costs Paid for by TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University
Through the generous support of the TOMODACHI Initiative, full funding is provided for the following expenses:

  • International Airfare: Tokyo – Houston – Washington, DC – Tokyo
  • 4-week research internship in science or engineering laboratory at Rice University
  • Weekly Seminars at Rice University
  • Volunteer English Classes at Rice University Organized by the Office of International Students & Scholars
  • 1-week Science & Technology Policy Study Tour in Washington, DC & at Lehigh University (Pennsylvania)
  • Double-occupancy Hotel Lodging
  • International Health Insurance for duration of stay in the U.S.
  • Rice OISS Visa Processing Fee ($300) and Visiting International Research Student Registration Fee ($100)
  • Enrollment in ELEC 007: Visiting Research Course (0 credit, pass/fail)

Costs Paid Individually by the Student
Students will need to budget for the following additional costs that will be paid for individually.  Actual costs may vary based on individual student preferences/spending while in the U.S. Most students will fall within the Low – Mid estimated spending range. Only students who plan to eat out for most meals and that want to budget for high personal expenses/sight-seeing/shopping costs will fall into the High category.

All participants will also be matched with an Alumni Mentor from the 2017 program.  You will be able to communicate with your alumni mentor prior to departure via Email, Skype, or Line and ask them questions about estimated costs and other pre-departure matters such as packing.

Travel to/from Tokyo for International Group Flight Cost Varies by Student
Passport Application Costs (if applicable) Cost Varies by Student
J-1 Visa Application Costs
See U.S. Visa page for more details
~$160 USD
See U.S. Visa page for more details
~$180 USD
Proof of Meningococcal Vaccination Record or Waiver
(required if under the age of 22). Texas State Law
requires all “entering students” to be vaccinated against
bacterial meningitis if you are under the age of 22 as of
the first day of classes. If you are 21 or younger as of the
first day of the program at Rice University, you must provide proof of vaccination within the last 5 years.
Cost Varies – Speak With Your Doctor
Meals for 36 days in the U.S. 
Exact costs vary based on individual preference/spending.
Hotel rooms in Houston will have a kitchen and students
can save money by cooking meals on their own.  During
the final week on the East Coast, hotels will not have a
kitchen but daily breakfast will be provided.

  • Low: Cook two meals per day on your own. 
  • Medium: Cook one meal per day on your own. 
  • High: Eat out for all meals. 

Low: $15/day or $540

Medium:  $25/day or $900

High: $45/day or $1,620

Daily Transportation
In Houston, students can walk to campus or use the
free, hotel shuttle for travel to/from their research lab. The
hotel shuttle will also take students to/from a nearby grocery
store. To go to other locations in Houston for sight-seeing or
restaurants students will need to use Uber or a taxi as public transportation options in Houston are limited.In Washington, DC students will pay individually to use the
subway for transportation to/from site visits and for sight-seeing.

~$25/week or $125


Pre-Paid U.S. Cell Phone and Usage 
All students will be required to purchase a pre-paid U.S.
cell phone to use while in the U.S.  This will enable you
to communicate if needed with the program and/or your
host lab or to police/fire/ambulance in case of an
emergency. More information on cell phone options
will be provided to selected participants in late January.
Personal Spending/Shopping/Souvenirs
Students should also budget for personal expenses,
independent sight-seeing, and shopping/souvenir costs.
Exact costs will vary based on personal preferences.

Low: $75 per week or $375

Mid: $100 per week or $500

High: $150 per week or $750

Estimated Total Costs
Be sure to add in the cost of travel to/from Tokyo,
passport, and immunization fees if applicable. 
Low: $1,530
Mid: $2,015
High: $2,985 


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