We are pleased to announce the 2016 Tsukuba Summer Institute, to be held on July 8th to July 15th, 2016.
Application period to start in late winter/early spring 2016. For more information, please contact our office.

Tsukuba Summer Institute aims to promote exchange of the latest information from the fields of physical education, sport pedagogy, and sport sciences while also nurturing and improving the practical skills of working adults, university students, and graduate students involved in various areas of physical education and sport.

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The team of lecturers for this program will consist of internationally renowned researchers and leaders from Japan and around the world. Delegates are expected to include researchers, university students, and graduate students from Japan and around the world. It is our hope that you will take advantage of the summer holidays, and touch the Japanese traditional sport culture. While enjoying the comforts of Japan, you will also be able to partake in a wide range of experiences within an international atmosphere and share in learning with others. We look forward to welcoming the many university students, graduate students, teachers, instructors, and researchers from Japan and around the world to the 2016 Tsukuba Summer Institute.

Hisashi Sanada
Committee Chairman and Professor


The Tsukuba Summer Institute is composed of two parts. In the morning, lead lectures, presentations, and discussions will be conducted on “Sustainable Renewal and Professional Development in the Fields of Physical Education, the Olympics, and Sport Coaching.” In addition, collaborative projects on sustainable renewal in physical education will be planned by exploring barriers, facilitators, and country-specific contexts and conditions. All of the participants can attend the morning program.

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The lunch break will enable participants to engage in informal talks with one another and to take advantage of the presence of the team of lecturers to receive individual tutoring or elaboration on given topics.

The afternoon programs offer workshops and discussions on research processes, from identifying a “hot” topic to casting intra- and international research collaboration. Programs for undergraduate students are also available; these programs include opportunities to experience traditional Japanese sports, laboratory tours, and mental training workshops.

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For the lectures and practical exercises conducted in English, printed materials will be translated into Japanese. For the Japanese lectures and exercises, printed materials will be available in English, and in both cases, faculty and staff from the University of Tsukuba will be on hand to offer further translation support.

For more information, please view the TSI report here.
Reports from previous years: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

Programs & Academic Credit

This experience truly broadened my perspective scientifically and socioculturally. From my experience with working in CoRP, and as an aspiring sports medicine physician, I had learned that not only is it important to understand and analyze the properties of human diseases, it is equally important to know how these diseases developed through sociocultural factors, and how preventative measures such as exercise and diet plans can treat diseases. In the future, I plan to apply this knowledge by implementing physical activity in treatment plans for disease prevention and treatment in the United States.

Students choose one of the programs below for the week.

The University of Tsukuba classifies the TSI as an intensive academic course (equivalent to a 'study abroad’ program) for which undergraduate and master's students can receive academic credit. The signed exchange agreements with partner universities stipulate that students from these partner institutions are eligible to receive academic credit (from their home departments) for attending the TSI if summer tuition fees are paid at the home university.

Note that participants must be current students at the time of the TSI, but those graduating in 2016 are also eligible if they are beginning a graduate (master’s or doctoral) program immediately afterward.

Collaborative Research Planning

Open to all, but mainly for graduate students
Maximum 40 students

  • Identifying a 'hot topic'
  • Building the literature review
  • Active reading
  • Literature review/research questions
  • The annotated bibliography
  • Theory and theorists
  • Research questions – and relationship to the literature review
  • Preparing conference proposals
  • Presenting your work
  • Writing for publication
  • Group presentations

Sports, Physical Activity & Culture in Japan

Open to all
Maximum 40 students

  • Judo & Kendo
  • Japanese JHS sports clubs
  • Japanese school fitness testing
  • Japanese & international dance
  • TGfU for physical education
  • ‘Game Sense’ coaching
  • Physical literacy
  • Sport development
  • Group presentations


Open to all, but mainly for graduate students
Maximum 15 students

  • Taurine supplementation & exercise
  • Exercise & brain fitness
  • Neuroplasticity in spinal cord injury
  • Jugular vein catheterization
  • Protein expression by Western blot
  • Exercise & cognition
  • Biomechanical movement analysis using Vicon system
  • Cutting edge research trends: International views
  • Future questions
  • Group presentations

International Development through Sport

Open to all
Maximum 25 students

  • International sport policy studies
  • Management & organization
  • Globalization & sport
  • NGOs & IDS
  • IDS management
  • Evaluation of mega-event legacies
  • Group presentations

Fees & Accommodation


Orientation reception, daily lunches, mid-week outdoor BBQ, and all program activities are included in the registration fee (likely to be ¥20,000 JPY in 2016)


Accommodation is arranged by the local organizing committee (primarily residence-style) and is considerably more affordable than hotels (generally between ~ ¥2,500 JPY and ¥4,500 JPY per night).


Scholarship funds for 50 students are expected to be available. Scholarships are expected be worth ¥80,000 JPY (to offset the costs of airfare, registration, accommodation, & breakfasts/dinners). Scholarship recipients may arrive/leave up to one week before/after the TSI. Scholarship recipients must be from universities with official partnership agreements (or in some cases, from those with an established agreement of intent)


For more information about the program, please contact our office at this address: geisler.guido.ge[at]u.tsukuba.ac.jp. *Please replace [at] with @.