Summer Program
Program Dates: June 20, 2024–Aug 7, 2024

Application Deadline: February 28, 2024, 11:59 pm EST

The morning sessions of the Inter-University Center's summer program are focused on advanced spoken Japanese. The objective is to acquire the ability to express thoughts and opinions naturally, correctly, and appropriately. In addition to written and computer-based text materials, video documentaries and films are also used.

The afternoon sessions are dedicated to conversation, field-trip classes, and vocabulary, including kanji. Several times a week, students participate in discussions focused on various topics during a one-hour conversation class. The objective of the class is to improve fluency through free discussions on various subjects. Teachers moderate, encourage participation, and introduce the use of appropriate expressions. During the vocabulary class, there is a review of the kanji and vocabulary introduced during the week.


To qualify for admission, an applicant must (1) demonstrate a clear intent to pursue a professional or academic career requiring the use of Japanese; and (2) have successfully completed two to three years of college-level instruction. In terms of actual language proficiency, successful applicants are expected to have a solid foundation in the fundamental structures of Japanese, to have mastered both kana syllabaries, and to be able to read and write approximately 500–700 kanji.

Please read the summer brochure carefully to understand the objectives of the course and the IUC’s expectations of the students. Click here to view the summer brochure.

Note that enrollment in the Center Summer Program is limited and admission is competitive; if there is a large number of applicants, it may not be possible to admit all qualified individuals.

Admission Notes:

1. Admission decisions will be announced by email no later than April 1. Students selected as alternates for admission will be notified whether they will be admitted by May 7. If an alternate has not heard from the Yokohama office by May 7, it will mean that he or she has not been admitted.

2. A signed letter of agreement of attendance must be returned to the Stanford office by April 19.

3. Any admitted applicant who decides not to enroll in the program should immediately notify both 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

5. 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 email.

6. Please be aware that housing arrangements are the personal responsibility of each student. Information about how to locate and reserve housing, including a short list of recommended accommodations, is provided by the Yokohama office in mid-May to all successful applicants who have agreed to attend.

Tuition Fees

Tuition for the 2024 summer program is US $5,200. Students currently enrolled in a degree granting program at an IUC member institution or who graduated from a member institution during the 2023–24 academic year will receive a guaranteed tuition scholarship of $600 to attend the Inter-University Center Summer 2024 program. Fees are subject to change.

Note: IUC scholarships other than that noted above are not available for the summer program.

Application Instructions and Forms

How to Apply
The application deadline is 11:59 PM EST on February 28, 2024.

Application Fee
The application fee is $100.
Pay online.

Applications will only be accepted via our online application portal.

No email or paper submissions will be accepted. Only completed applications including the application fee payment will be considered.

Documents 1 and 2 must be downloaded from the IUC web site, and 5 (application fee) must be paid by credit card through IUC’s secure online payment portal.

1. Degree Background Form (PDF)

2. One Confidential Language Evaluation Form from a language instructor in English or Japanese. Please forward this form to your language evaluator to complete and upload to your application in Interfolio. The evaluator is welcome to submit a letter of recommendation in addition to the completed form.
English (PDF), Japanese (PDF).

3. Statement of Purpose (Instructions)

4. Transcripts
Multiple transcripts must be combined into a single PDF document prior to uploading to Interfolio.

5. Copy of your application fee receipt.

Questions regarding the application process may be addressed to

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