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10-Month Program Application

The IUC 10-Month Program 2021–22

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. Throughout the program, tutorial sessions are provided once a week for every student to deal with their particular linguistic problems, and to talk freely on topics of their choosing. PhD candidates are also able to participate in regular study groups (benkyōkai) to share their research interests with other doctoral students through the academic year.

Qualifications
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 a passing score on the two-part IUC Japanese Proficiency Test offered in February 2021. This year we will be moving to an online platform for the Japanese Proficiency Test. Test instructions will be provided in late January.

Admission to the IUC is based entirely on each applicant’s academic qualifications and professional goals and is entirely independent of financial considerations, so no one 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.

Tuition
Tuition for the 2021–22 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 2020–21 academic year will receive a guaranteed tuition scholarship of $7,000 to attend the IUC during the 2021–22 academic year. Fees are set each year and are subject to change. Tuition payment is made directly to Stanford University through the IUC administrative office on the Stanford campus.

Application Deadline
The 2021–22 application period opens October 13, 2020.
The application deadline is January 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

Application Fee
The non-refundable application fee is $80.
Pay online at iucjapanstore.stanford.edu.

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

A full IUC 10-Month application consists of the items listed below. Documents 2 and 4 must be downloaded from the IUC web site, and 7 (application fee) must be paid by credit card through IUC’s secure online payment portal.

1. Current CV (2-page maximum)

2. Degree Background Form (PDF)

3. Two confidential letters of recommendation from two instructors in non-language courses. The letters should comment on your past work and future promise in your own field of academic or professional specialization, as well as on your ability to adapt to a rigorous, potentially stressful study program in an unfamiliar, overseas environment. Professionals may submit letters from current or former employers.

4. One confidential language evaluation* from a language instructor (PDF). Japanese language version available upon request.

5. Statement of Purpose (Instructions)

6. Transcripts

7. Application Fee


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

*Please note that your language evaluator is your third reference, and must be different from your two letter writers.

Summer Program Application

The Summer Program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) 2021

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 naturally, correctly and appropriately express thoughts and opinions. In addition to written and computer-based text materials, video documentaries and film are also used.

The afternoon sessions are 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.


Admission

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 or the equivalent. 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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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 summer@iucjapan.org.

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 will be provided to all successful applicants by the Yokohama office.


Tuition
Tuition for the 2021 summer program is US $5,000. Students currently enrolled in a degree granting program at an IUC member institution or who graduated from a member institution during the 2020–21 academic year will receive a guaranteed tuition scholarship of $600 to attend the Inter-University Center Summer 2021 program. Fees are subject to change.

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


How to apply
The 2021 application period opens December 11, 2020. The application deadline is March 12, 2021.


Application Fee
Non-refundable application fee of $80. Click Here


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

Documents 1 and 3 must be downloaded from the IUC web site, and 5 (application fee) must be paid by credit card through the IUC’s secure online payment portal.

    1. Degree Background Form (PDF)

    2. Statement of Purpose (Instructions)

    3. One Language Evaluation Form from a language instructor in English or Japanese.
    English (PDF), Japanese (PDF).

    4. Transcripts

    5. Application Fee

Questions regarding the application process may be addressed to iucjapan@stanford.edu.

Summer Kanbun Program Application

The Summer Intensive Kanbun Program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) will be held online in 2021.

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama (administered by Stanford University), will offer a five and a half-week intensive course online in reading kanbun in the summer of 2021. 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.

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 (kyūjitai), epistolary style Japanese (sōrōbun), and the Japanese way of reading Chinese writing (kundokutai).
  • As for kanbun texts from the medieval (chūsei) period and earlier, because specialized background knowledge is required, the course will train students to understand such texts while making reference to yomikudashibun.

Hours:
Classes are tentatively scheduled for Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 10:50 am JST (2 class hours each day) from 6/25 – 8/4/21 with the exception of three national holidays (54 contact hours total).


Tuition:
$2,800.00 (USD)



Eligibility for Admission

To qualify for admission, an applicant must

1. be 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.

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 bunpō).

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



How to Apply
The 2021 application period will open February 2, 2021.
The application deadline is March 15, 2021.

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

Documents 1 and 3 must be downloaded from the IUC web site, and 5 (application fee) must be paid by credit card through the IUC’s secure online payment portal.

    1. Degree Background Form (PDF)

    2. Essay
    Why do you need to learn kanbun and what previous study of Japanese language have you had?
    (日本語で400-1000字)

    3. Language Evaluation Form
    One confidential language evaluation form 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.

    5. Application Fee
    The application fee is $80. Pay online at iucjapanstore.stanford.edu.



Admission Notes:

1. Admission decisions will be announced by e-mail not later than March 23, 2021.

2. Successful applicants must return a signed letter of agreement of attendance to the Stanford office by March 31, 2021.

3. Any successful 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 kanbun@iucjapan.org. Please do not make inquiries by telephone.

5. Tuition payments, payable by credit card, are due no later than June 21, 2021.

6. 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 2020. If more than eight applicants meet the basic requirements for eligibility, eight will be admitted based on consideration of applicants’ need to read kanbun, their stated objectives, and their proficiency in Japanese.

Questions regarding this program may be addressed to kanbun@iucjapan.org

Professional Tutorials

IUC Professional Tutorial Application (PDF/Word)

Send the completed application form to:
IUC Professional Tutorials
Pacifico Yokohama 5th Floor, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012 JAPAN

Persons admitted to professional tutorials are responsible for making their own visa and transportation arrangements. Housing arrangements are also the responsibility of the individual applicant; the Center cannot provide assistance in locating housing or in making arrangements for rental.

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