The Japan Student Association (JSA) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is a non-profit student organization dedicated to promoting a better campus understanding of the various aspects of Japan and the Japanese culture. JSA is primarily a social group and serves as a forum for people to meet others who share their interests. JSA holds general meetings as well as various social events, such as karaoke, BBQs, sushi nights, bowling nights, etc. JSA also supports members, who want an opportunity to work full time or intern in Japan, by connecting them with recruiters from various Japanese companies through company presentations and dinners. Additionally, JSA sponsors a series of conversational groups for those studying the Japanese language.
JSA is open to students of any cultural and ethnic background who possess an interest in learning more about the Japanese language or cultural traditions. You do not need to know Japanese or about Japan.
If you have the slightest interest about Japanese culture, come check us out!
Why be a member? Member benefits include a reduced or free admission to our events, as well as several discounts to local restaurants and shops in Ann Arbor. Buy a membership card for $5 and you’re set for the whole year (until end of August). Membership cards are generally sold in the beginning of the term but we’re always accepting new members! For more information, check out our membership page.
If you don't have a twitter account, JSA also has a Facebook group where you can check out what is going on inside the organization. However, we will not update as often as we will with our twitter account. You can click the facebook icon on the top left of this webpage to get to our facebook group.
Meet our team
The JSA officers are selected by the previous year's JSA officers out of the current JSA members. Those who displayed dedication to the organization will be selected through application and an interview process.