10-Month Program
Date: September 7, 2020 - June 11, 2021

The Center's 10-month intensive program starts in September and ends in early June. Classes are conducted from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Wednesday afternoons are reserved for extra-curricular activities. The number of classes per week is reduced during the latter half of the program to accommodate the increase in specialized study (area studies) and tutorial instruction. Students admitted to the Center should be prepared to devote themselves full-time to language study. The workload does not leave time for dissertation research or for outside employment.

The Center's 10-month intensive program is divided into two parts. In the first half of the program, teaching is geared towards development of competence in constructing complex utterances and extended discourse, using Japanese accurately and appropriately in social settings, and expressing and understanding Japanese on general topics. This training provides a solid foundation for specialized, advanced language training. In the second half of the program, instruction centers on developing specialized language skills necessary for students to pursue their academic goals or professional work.


Currently, the Center admits up to 60 students who (1) are degree candidates at a university or college, or graduates who intend to enroll in a graduate program or professional school after completing their Center training, or students who have already completed graduate or professional school training; (2) have demonstrated outstanding professional promise, as reflected by grades, recommendations, and statements of purpose; (3) have completed two years or more training in a rigorous college-level Japanese language training program or the equivalent; and (4) have obtained an acceptable score on IUC's two-part Japanese Proficiency Test offered in February.

Admission to the IUC is based entirely on the student's academic qualifications and professional goals and is entirely independent of financial considerations, so no student should hesitate to apply to the Center because of concern over costs. Admissions are made without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, disability, or religious affiliation.

The Center's 10-month program is intended for students who are embarking on careers in some area of Japanese studies or a profession in which fluent Japanese is necessary. The Inter-University Committee encourages students to apply for admission early in their academic careers, when they can give their undivided attention to a mastery of the language that will be useful at later stages of professional training. The committee welcomes applications from graduating seniors who can demonstrate a mature commitment to a career relating to Japan. Graduate students, except those who have already received professional degrees in law or business, should be active candidates for an advanced degree. Those who have already established careers are welcome to apply to either the 10-month program or the shorter 7-week Summer Program described elsewhere on this site.

Attendance Fees

Tuition for the 2020-21 IUC 10-Month Program has been set at $33,000. Students currently enrolled in a degree granting program and/or recently graduated from an IUC consortium member institution during the 2019-20 academic year will receive a guaranteed tuition scholarship of $7,000 to attend the IUC 10-Month Program during the 2020-2021 academic year. Fees are set each year and subject to change.

Tuition fees are collected through our administrative office at Stanford University. For more information about accepted forms of payment, please visit our website here.

Application Instructions

How to Apply
The 2020-21 application period will open October 10, 2019.
The application deadline is 11:59PM EST on January 10, 2020.

Applications will only be accepted via our Interfolio.com online application portal.

Application Fee
The application fee is $80.
Pay online at iucjapanstore.stanford.edu, or click here for other payment options.

Click here to view all application information and required forms.

Questions regarding this fellowship may be addressed to iucjapan@stanford.edu.

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