Summer Program
Dates: June 20, 2019 - Aug 7, 2019

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 session is devoted to conversation, field-trip classes, and kanji. Three times weekly, students engage in discussion focused on a variety of topics during a one-hour conversation class. The objective of the class is to improve fluency through free discussion on various topics. Teachers moderate and encourage participation and introduce the use of appropriate expressions. Once a week, a one-hour vocabulary class is held. During this class there is a review of the kanji and vocabulary introduced in the week.

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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 to 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 if there is a large number of applicants, it may not be possible to admit all qualified applicants

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Admission Notes:

1. Admission decisions will be announced by e-mail not later than April 1. Students selected as alternates for admission will be notified whether they will be admitted by April. If an alternate student has not heard from the Yokohama office by April 13, 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 6.

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

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 e-mail.

6. 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.

Attendance Fees

Tuition for the 2019 summer program is US $5,000. Students currently enrolled in a degree granting program and/or recently graduated from an IUC member institution during the 2018-2019 academic year will receive a guaranteed tuition scholarship of $600 to attend the Inter-University Center Summer 2019 program. Fees include all textbooks and other instructional materials. Fees are subject to change.

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

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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.

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

Application Fee
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