Study in Japan

College and University Summer Programs

Edo Cultural Center, in collaboration with non-profit organization Multicultural Living Support Center, offers a two-week summer intensive Japanese language and culture program. Anyone who has studied Hiragana and Katakana, or knows easy Japanese conversation, is welcome to apply. The participants receive Japanese language training in the morning and learn the taste of traditional tea ceremony and flower arrangement in the afternoon in Akasaka, which is the most cosmopolitan district in Tokyo.

This conversational Japanese school in Fukuoka offers intensive summer programs at all skill levels, for lengths from 2 weeks to 3 months, starting every week. Students can stay in a homestay or dormitory, and study 4 hours per day of conversational Japanese and Japanese culture, including arts such as calligraphy, kimono, manga/anime drawing, martial arts, etc.


The Hokkaido International Foundation offers an eight-week intensive Japanese language program combined with a homestay. In addition to the language program, students have the opportunity to study and practice traditional Japanese arts, including calligraphy, flower arrangement, tea ceremony and Kimono culture. At the end of the program, participants can often transfer the work they have done to their home institutions, usually equivalent to one year's work of language study.

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) (Yokohama) offers a 7-week summer course of study. The morning sessions of the summer program are focused on advanced spoken Japanese. The objective is to acquire the ability to naturally, correctly and appropriately express thoughts and opinions. In addition to written and computer-based text materials, video documentaries and film are also used.

J.F. Oberlin University's Summer Intensive Language Program is a one-month content-based language program held at the Oberlin campus in the suburbs of Tokyo. Classes at novice high to intermediate levels meet three hours a morning, five days a week. In addition, students expand language skills in cultural activities (taiko drumming, calligraphy, tea ceremony and cooking) taught in Japanese two afternoons a week. Lectures on Japanese history, social issues, and cross-cultural communication are planned, as well as excursions to downtown Tokyo and the historic city of Kamakura.

The Japan Culture and Language Program at Keiwa College in Niigata Prefecture offer not only Japanese-language training (total of 40 hours), but also presentations about Japan and Japanese life in English; it is not necessary to be fluent in Japanese to get the most out of the educational part of the program. In addition, the JCLP takes place while regular classes at Keiwa College are in session. This means that contacts with Japanese young people are an important part of the total experience. Weekly field trips are provided at no additional charge.

The Laurasian Institution, a not-for-profit education foundation, administers the New Perspectives: Japan (NP:J) study tour project for middle and high school students and teachers interested in studying about Japan. This project has been partially funded by the Center for Global Partnership and the Freeman Foundation.

KCP International offers several summer programs in intensive Japanese language and culture for the serious student. Language classes (at 6 plus proficiency levels) in all programs are full Japanese immersion, with ample extracurricular help available in English if necessary. Culture classes, largely in English, include both classroom learning and frequent site-visit experiences. Student-teacher ratio is 11:1.

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) will offer courses in intermediate, advanced, and classical Japanese language in Summer 2014. The intermediate and advanced courses are for eight weeks, from early June to the end of July, and the classical program runs for eight weeks from mid-June to the end of July. Priority deadline is 1/31/2014.

"Asia in Today's World," the first summer program specifically for international students held at a national university, is a 6-week summer program for studying Asia and the Japanese language. The 5-week program is held from early July to mid-August.

Eight-week Summer Intensive Language Programs at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels in beautiful Monterey, California. 4-5 hours of classroom instruction per day is supplemented with language assistants and cultural activities for practice outside of the classroom. Programs offered are Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, French, English, Russian and Spanish. Customized programs in many languages, including Japanese, are available any time during the year.

The Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University, which has been a leader in Japanese language education, offers an intensive six-week summer program of the same quality as the university's renowned rigorous Japanese Program.

The Faculty of Letters, Osaka University, is running a two-week CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) program on Japanese art for intermediate students of Japanese. It consists of five units: Buddhist sculpture, Japanese film, Noh, contemporary Japanese theater, and art and architecture in early 20th-century Osaka. Each unit includes a lecture by a specialist teacher, language work to prepare for and follow up on the lecture, and a field trip or workshop. Successful participants will receive two units of academic credit.

Princeton in Ishikawa is an eight-week intensive Japanese language program, offering 2nd- and 3rd-year Japanese courses in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. In eight weeks, the PII program covers the equivalent of one academic year of Japanese language study at Princeton University. This program is run in cooperation with the Ishikawa Prefectural Government.

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Ritsumeikan APU, located in the hot spring capital of Beppu, on Kyushu, announces its 2015 Summer APU Gateway Program. Held during the months of June and July, the program features intensive Japanese-language courses at the beginner to intermediate levels. The program also features various cultural activities such as tea ceremony, weekend home-stay, APU Buddies, and an overnight field trip to Nagasaki.

The Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program (RSJP) runs for five weeks and is designed for college and university students with minimal knowledge of the Japanese language. It provides an intensive and comprehensive introduction to Japanese language and culture. Program participants are immersed in an optimal environment for short-term intensive language study with the added benefits of cultural exchange and exploration.

Seinan Gakuin University has opened the on-line application for its 2014 Four-Week Intensive Japanese Language Program to students from all over the world.

The four-week Summer Intensive Japanese Program accepts up to 40 students each year at the Refresher (beginning II), Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of Japanese. Lecturers are all highly experienced in Japanese language education, with experience both in our year-long exchange programs and at other universities both here and abroad.

The Sendagaya Japanese Institute offers an intensive summer course in Tokyo for students at four skill levels ranging from Elementary to Advanced. Information and application forms can be obtained from Sendagaya Japanese Institute, 2-16-6 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075, Japan; fax +81.3.3232.9120.

Starting in June 2013, Sophia University will organize a new, intensive program: the Summer Session in Japanese Language. The six-week summer session will address students who want to improve their Japanese language abilities in an intensive program in Japan. Students will study Japanese at the beginner or intermediate level in an international environment at Sophia University, located in the center of Tokyo. Alongside the Japanese language courses, a lecture series, “Japanese Studies,” will provide you with insights on Japanese culture, society, economy and history.

Established in 1961, the Summer Session is the oldest and most extensive summer program in Japan. While students of the Faculty of Liberal Arts attend the session, the majority of participants come from abroad. The summer session thus offers a rare opportunity for Japanese students and students from abroad to study, discuss, and reflect together on Japan and its role in the world. Over 11,000 students from around the world have attended the Summer Session over the years. Many have gone on to pursue careers related to Japan.

ICU's six-week intensive course offers language classes from beginning to advanced levels. The program takes place from early July to mid-August. All classes are equivalent to university courses carrying 5 units of academic credit. Classes re held in the mornings. In addition, afternoons are used for individual tutorial sessions and Culture Program events. The Culture Program includes both on-campus and off-campus activities including tea-ceremony, zen meditation and National Kabuki Theater. For some events, there is an additional charge.

Based at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), this program introduces undergraduate students to various aspects of Japanese popular culture and analyzes their collective expression in mass media and youth subcultures. Summer Institute course topics include anime, manga, youth and popular culture, and sociocultural anthropology. Students also have the option of studying Japanese language. In addition to lectures and class discussions, the program includes group field trips to art and anime exhibitions, as well as to a variety of media, art and film-related events and activities.

This four-week program (May 30-June 27, 2014) offered at Kanagawa University in Hiratsuka, Japan, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of all academic disciplines from any accredited university or college and is ideal for students who wish to teach English in Japan or have an interest in Japan. There is no Japanese language requirement for the program.

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** Spend 5 weeks in the heart of Kyoto this summer and earn 6 college credits **

The Waseda Summer Japanese Program is an accelerated six-week language course for university-level students of Japanese that includes workshops on Japanese for Specific Purposes. All majors are welcome to apply.

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The Waseda Summer Japanese Program is held at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, from approximately July 10 to approximately August 20. This annual program is an accelerated six-week language course for university-level students of Japanese. Four levels of language study are offered, along with workshops on Japanese for Specific Purposes. All majors are welcome to apply. Students who complete the course can receive 12 quarter (8 semester) hours of credit through Portland State University, Oregon. The program fee ($4,950 in 2006) includes transportation, tuition, housing, and tuition.

World Campus - Japan offers two-week summer programs that include homestays, language instruction, and a variety of cultural activities. Program sites include communities in towns and cities around Japan that sponsor the programs, located in Kumamoto, Aichi, Nara, Chiba, Osaka, Tokyo, Nagano, Hiroshima, Ibaraki, and Nagasaki prefectures.

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The Yamasa Institute offers a variety of summer programs ranging from an intensive three-month language course to shorter programs, with a range of starting dates. Homestays are available as well as other accommodation options.

More information is available at the Institute's Website,