Kansai Gaidai University

Location: Hirakata City, Japan (near Osaka)

Requirements: No previous work in Japanese or Asian Studies is required, but it is preferred. Applicants should have a strong academic record. Applicant must have at least one year (preferably two years) of experience at a college-level institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale to be considered for admission.

Description: The Curriculum of the Asian Studies Program is twofold; the rigorous Japanese language studies and courses in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Business/Economics pertinent to Japan and Asia make it possible for participants to approach a wide array of study areas during their stay in Japan. While Japanese language instruction plays a key role in our program, we are by no means a language-training institute. For this reason, the structure of the program may not necessarily accommodate the needs of those students whose primary interest lies solely on acquisition of the Japanese language. Since all courses in the Asian Studies Program, aside from those focusing on the Japanese language, are conducted in English, it is possible for students with no previous Japanese training to pursue an in-depth study of Japan and Asia. Given our primary framework of meeting upper-level undergraduate requirements, students must have at least one year (preferably two years) of college level instruction prior to coming to Kansai Gaidai so as to fully benefit from our Course Offerings and to maintain our high academic standards.

Schedule: There are two terms available – Fall and Spring. For the 2011-12 academic year, Fall semester runs August 31 – December 16, 2011, while Spring semester runs February 1 – May 25, 2012.

Application deadline: For Fall enrollment, applications must be submitted between January 10 – May 15. For Spring enrollment, applications must be submitted between August 1 – November 1. Admission decisions will be notified on a rolling basis.

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Summer Program in Japanese Language and Culture, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Requirements: At least college sophomore standing; 2 semesters of college Japanese; minimum 3.0 GPA.

Description: The academics consists of an intensive Japanese language program which will meet for 4 hours every morning M-F offered at both the second and third year levels. The language courses will be supplemented with an organized cultural program intended to provide program participants with direct experience of social and cultural life in Tokyo and an opportunity to utilize their language skills. The program will also include a day trip to the town of Kamakura and an overnight trip to Nikko. The students will be housed in homestays in the Tokyo area, arranged by the IES Tokyo Center. Students will eat breakfast and dinner with their homestay families.

Schedule: seven-week summer program based at the IES Tokyo Center in Chiba.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted beginning December 1 prior to any summer following your freshman year. Application deadline for Summer 2011: February 10, 2011. Notification begins: March 11, 2011.

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