Summer Intensive Kanbun Program
Dates: June 21, 2019 - July 11, 2019

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama (administered by Stanford University), will offer a three-week intensive course in reading kanbun in the summer of 2019. The course is intended for students -- primarily graduate students -- who need to master the fundamentals of kanbun in order to conduct specialized research in various disciplines.

Hours: 4 class hours per day, 5 days per week, 3 weeks, total 60 class hours (including field trips)

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Eligibility for Admission: To qualify for admission, an applicant must engaged in specialized professional work or an academic field of study for which proficiency in reading kanbun is required;

2. possess an advanced level of proficiency in Japanese language and have knowledge of classical Japanese grammar;

3.have an understanding of the grammar and sentence patterns of modern Japanese, and be able to read and write at least 1,000 kanji as well as hiragana and katakana.

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Aims and focus:

  • This course will train students to be able to read early modern (kinsei) and modern (kindai) kanbun writings with the aid of dictionaries and without reference to transliterations/translations into Japanese (yomikudashibun) of the kanbun texts.
  • Students will learn old forms of kanji (kyuujitai), epistolary style Japanese (souroubun), and the Japanese way of reading Chinese writing (kundokutai).
  • As for kanbun texts from the medieval (chuusei) period and earlier, because specialized background knowledge is required, the course will train students to understand such texts while making reference to yomikudashibun.

Level of proficiency required for enrollment:

  • The class will be conducted entirely in Japanese. A high level of proficiency in reading and speaking Japanese is needed.
  • Knowledge of classical Japanese grammar (bungo bunpou).

Electronic dictionaries: Students will be expected to have their own electronic dictionaries. It is desirable that they have a kanji dictionary (either Kanjigen or Shin-Kangorin) and a Japanese-language dictionary (either Koujien or Daijirin, preferably Koujien).

Field trips: One afternoon each week, participants will join students in the regular IUC Summer Program on an excursion.

Hours: 4 class hours per day, 5 days per week, 3 weeks, total 60 class hours (including field trips)

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Attendance Fees

Tuition: US $2,800.00

Application Instructions and Forms

How to Apply
The 2019 application period will open December 14, 2018.

The application deadline is March 8, 2019.

Applications will only be accepted via our online application portal.

The Interfolio application consists of an online Personal Data information form and the following required documents. Documents 1 and 2 require that you download the form from the IUC website prior to uploading the completed forms

   1. Application Form (PDF)

   2. One Language Evaluation Form and optional letter of recommendation from a language instructor in English or Japanese. English (PDF), Japanese (PDF).

   4. Transcripts
   If you would like to upload more than one transcript, please consolidate them into
   one PDF file prior to uploading.

Application Fee
Application fee of US $80. Click Here

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Questions regarding the application process may be addressed to

Admission Notes:
1. Admission decision will be announced by e-mail not later than April 1.

2. A signed letter of agreement of attendance must be returned to the Stanford office.

3. Any admitted applicant who decides not to enroll in the program should immediately notify the Yokohama office and the Stanford office.

4. After the application period, any questions regarding attendance should be sent to the Yokohama office via email at Please do not make inquiries by telephone.

5. Tuition payments, payable by credit card, are due no later than June 21, 2019.

6. Students who require a visa to enter Japan should contact a Japanese Embassy or Consulate directly. If proof of admission to the IUC is required, please contact the Yokohama office by e-mail.

7. Please be aware that housing arrangements are the personal responsibility of each student. Information about how to locate and reserve housing is provided upon request upon acceptance to the program.

8. Tuition payments, payable by credit card, are due no later than June 21, 2019.

9. Disclamer: This course is being offered subject to a minimum enrollment of three students and a maximum enrollment of eight students. If fewer than three applicants meet the required proficiency level, the course will not be taught in 2019. If more than eight applicants meet the basic requirements for eligibility, admission of eight students will be based on consideration of applicants’ need to read kanbun, their stated objectives, and their proficiency in Japanese.

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