Aichi Shukutoku University

Aichi Shukutoku University, located about half an hour by public transportation from the center of Nagoya, accepts up to 30 students each year for its program in Japanese studies, which combines language study (at levels ranging from beginning to near-native speaker equivalence) with courses in Japanese arts and culture. The 9-month program follows the American school calendar, with an academic year of two semesters running from September through May.

Small classes (no more than 10 students per class) convene daily for language study at one of 6 levels based on skill and previous study of Japanese. Classroom study is supplemented by laboratory time, workshops, and a weekly individual counseling session with instructors. Courses in arts and culture include Readings in Japanese Literature, Japanese Culture, International Culture, Calligraphy, Flower Arrangement, and Japanese Word Processing.

Housing options for students include a dormitory with furnished single rooms and kitchen facilities, and a homestay program. Apartment accommodations can also be arranged, at higher cost.

ASU is a private university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Japanese language and literature, English language and literature, library science, and communication. International students who complete the Japanese Studies Program at the higher levels of language proficiency and wish to continue their studies in ASU's undergraduate program can be admitted without taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

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