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10-Month Program Application

The 10-Month Program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) 2018-2019
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 his or her particular linguistic problems, and to talk freely on topics of his or her choosing.

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 an acceptable score on the Inter-University Center Japanese Proficiency Test.

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.

Tuition
Tuition for the 2018-19 Inter-University Center 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 2017-18 academic year will receive a guaranteed tuition scholarship of $7,000 to attend the Inter-University Center during the 2018-2019 academic year. Fees are set each year and subject to change. Tuition payment is made directly to Stanford University through the Inter-University Center administrative office on the Stanford campus.

How to apply
The 2018-2019 application period opens September 1, 2017. The application deadline is January 16, 2018.

Application Fee
Application Fee of $80 Click here

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

The IUC/10Month Interfolio application consists of an online Personal Data information form and the following required documents. Documents 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 require that you download a form from the IUC web site and upload completed form to your Interfolio application.

1. Current CV (2 page max)

2. Degree Background Form (PDF)

3. Personal Statement (PDF)

4. Two letters of recommendation

5. One form/letter of recommendation from a language instructor (PDF)

6. Transcripts

7. Scholarship Application Form (PDF)

8. Japanese Language Proficiency Exam Form (PDF)

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

The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program Application

The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program 2018-19
at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC)

Scholarship Opportunity: advanced Japanese language training for graduate students with Japan-focused career goals in academia, business, diplomacy/government service, journalism, translation, and law

The IUC is pleased to announce generous sponsorship from The Nippon Foundation of a 10-month fellowship program at the IUC. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC aims to provide the most promising students with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange among them and with their IUC senpai.

The Nippon Foundation Fellows receive a full tuition scholarship plus a modest living stipend to attend the 10-Month Fellowship Program of the IUC in Yokohama, September 3, 2018-June 6, 2019.

Qualifications
(1) Ph.D. students in all fields of Japanese studies currently enrolled in universities in North America, Europe, Australia, or New Zealand. (2) M.A./M.S./M.B.A. & J.D. students with Japan-focused career goals in academia, business, diplomacy/government service, journalism, translation, and law currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a North American university. (3) All applicants must pass the IUC language exam.

How to apply
The 2018-19 application period opens September 1, 2017. The application deadline is December 15, 2017.

Application Fee
Application Fee of $80. Click here

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

The IUC/NFF Interfolio application consists of an online Personal Data information form and the following required documents. Documents 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 require that you download a form from the IUC web site and upload completed form to your Interfolio application.

1. Current CV (2 page max)

2. Degree Background Form (PDF)

3. Personal Statement (PDF)

4. Two letters of recommendation

5. One form/letter of recommendation from a language instructor (PDF)

6. Transcripts

7. Scholarship Application Form (PDF)

8. Japanese Language Proficiency Exam Form (PDF)

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

Summer Program Application

The Summer Program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) 2018
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 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.

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. 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.

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

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 May 7. If an alternate student 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 13.

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 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 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.

Tuition
Tuition for the 2018 summer program is $5,000 (U.S.). Students currently enrolled in a degree granting program and/or recently graduated from an IUC member institution during the 2017-2018 academic year will receive a guaranteed tuition scholarship of $600 to attend the Inter-University Center Summer 2018 program. Fees include all textbooks and other instructional materials. Fees are subject to change.

Note: IUC scholarship other than that noted above is not available for the summer program.

How to apply
The 2018 application period opens October 5, 2017. The application deadline is March 9, 2018.

Application Fee
Application Fee of $80. Click Here

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

The IUC/Summer Interfolio application consists of an online Personal Data information form and the following required documents. Documents 1, 2 and 3 require that you download a form from the IUC web site and upload completed form to your Interfolio application.

1. Degree Background Form (PDF)

2. Personal Statement (PDF)

3. One form/letter of recommendation from a language instructor (PDF)

4. Transcripts

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

Summer Kanbun Program Application

The Summer Intensive Kanbun Program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) 2018
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 2018. 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:
1.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.

2. Students will learn old forms of kanji (kyuujitai), epistolary style Japanese (souroubun), and the Japanese way of reading Chinese writing (kundokutai).

3.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.

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

Admission
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:
1.The class will be conducted entirely in Japanese. A high level of proficiency in reading and speaking Japanese is needed.
2.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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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 2018. 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.

Admission Notes:
1. Admission decision 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 May 7 that will mean that they have not been admitted.

2. A signed letter of agreement of attendance must be returned to the Stanford office by April 14.

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 kanbun@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 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.

How to apply
The 2018 application period opens October 5, 2017. The application deadline is March 9, 2018.

Application Fee
Application Fee of $80. Click Here

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

The IUC/Summer Kanbun Interfolio application consists of an online Personal Data information form and the following required documents. Documents 1, 2 and 3 require that you download a form from the IUC web site and upload completed form to your Interfolio application.

1. Degree Background Form (PDF)

2. Personal Statement (PDF)

3. One form/letter of recommendation from a language instructor (PDF)

4. Transcripts

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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