Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Japan Beef Industry

International Experience Program: Japan

Faculty of Science

School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Beef Industry Program

Proposed 2018 Program

The main focus of this program will be to collaborate with students/staff from Kobe University, Hyogo Prefecture and Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido where a seminar, focusing on beef production and meat science, will be organised between program participants and Japanese students.  This opportunity will also allow you to experience the culture of Japan interspersed with visits to Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), local beef producers, abattoirs, forage farms and cattle complexes.

The short CSU Global trip to Japan gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in Japanese culture and cusine. The industry experiences and networking opportunities have been invaluable to my future. Bell Snow, 2017 Program Participant

This program is partially funded by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan funding. CSU recognises the support of the Australian Government in providing targeted funds which have subsidised the cost of this program to students. 

When: Approximately 19 August - 2 September, 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed on notification of successful email)

Eligibility: Students enrolled in CSU's Bachelor of Veterinary Science/Bachelor of Veterinary Biology, Bachelor of Animal Science, Bachelor of Agriculture, Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at the time of undertaking the program.

Academic Information: Bachelor of Animal Science students may receive academic recognition towards ASEMS placement, whereas School of Agriculture and Wine Science students may be able to receive recognition towards an alternative subject. Veterinary Science/Veterinary Biology students will need to negotiate academic recognition through the School. This will require payment of a subject tuition fee and satisfactory participation and completion of specified assessment items. Students must liaise directly with their Course Director for approval to include this subject in their course structure and should do so prior to applying for this program.

Financial Assistance: The advertised program cost for undergraduate students is based on the provision of financial subsidies from the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan. Eligibility is restricted to Australian Citizens enrolled in an Undergraduate degree and receiving academic recognition at the time of participating in the program. These subsidies are limited in number.

Students may also be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Australian Government's OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible Commonwealth Supported students who want to undertake some of their study overseas. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses.

Eligibility for OS-HELP will be assessed once successful students are selected and is based on a number of criteria.  Acceptance into a CSU Global program does not guarantee eligibility for the loan. Please note, you cannot pay your program deposit through OS-HELP.

All funding associated with CSU Global programs (travel grants, scholarships, subsidies and loans) is linked to successful completion of academic and program expectations. Failure to meet these requirements may result in funding being revoked.

Refer to CSU Global's Scholarships and Funding webpage for further information on OS-HELP.

Number of Places Available: 10 places
This program requires minimum numbers to proceed.

Program Cost: Approximately AUD$2000 (exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application)

Costs should include: In-country program fee, international flights, travel insurance, in-country transport (for program activities only), accommodation (twin share) and some site-seeing costs.

Costs do not include CSU subject fees, passports, visas (if required), immunisations (if required), meals,  souvenirs, gratuities, additional transport/sightseeing,recreational activities, and incidentals.

Please note all CSU Global Programs are group ticketed.  Your program will depart from one designated international airport and return to the same airport as a group.

Application Timeline: continue to the bottom of this page for application link

  • Application closing date: applications closed
  • Successful students notified (email): within two weeks of application closing date
  • $1000 non-refundable program payment date: within two weeks of notification of successful application
    (You MUST have obtained or be in the process of applying for your passport by this date - with a minimum of six month validity from the return date)
  • Full and final payment date: 1 July, 2018
  • Compulsory pre-departure session: To be announced.

Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to:

Alice Wood
CSU Global  
Charles Sturt University
Building 1395
Bathurst, NSW 2795
Phone: + 61 2 6338 4068

Further enquiries regarding the content of this program should be directed to:

Michael Campbell   
Lecturer in Farming Systems 
School of Animal And Veterinary Sciences 
Charles Sturt University  
Phone: + 61 2 6933 2427 

Indicative Program Outline (subject to change)

1Depart Australia for JapanAustralia/Tokyo
2Cultural dayTokyo
3Visit Meat and Livestock Australia, DFAT, Australian EmbassyTokyo
4Travel from Tokyo to Kobe
Meet with Kobe University staff and students and undertake workshops 
Kobe (Kobe University, Hyogo Prefecture)
5Training in management of Japanese Black Wagyu CattleKobe (Kobe University, Hyogo Prefecture) 
6Visit Himeji City, Wagyu Master meat processing centre, Himeji CastleKobe (Kobe University, Hyogo Prefecture) 
7Visit Tajima Wagyu Ranch ParkKobe (Kobe University, Hyogo Prefecture) 
8Final Student workshop with Kobe university students Kobe (Kobe University, Hyogo Prefecture)
9Travel from Kobe to Obihiro via Sapporomay require overnight stopover
10Visit Shimizu Food ServiceObihiro
11Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences for workshops/labs - fatty acid analysis, sensory, image analysisObihiro (Obihiro University, Hokkaido Prefecture)
12Site visits: Local fattening farm and abattoirObihiro (Obihiro University, Hokkaido Prefecture)
13Site visits: Dairy farm and calf market
Travel to Sapporo 
Obihiro / Sapporo
14Visit Hokubee BeefSapporo
15Visit Hokkaido UniversitySapporo
16Program concludes - return to Australia