This intensive Japanese summer program runs for six weeks from early July through mid-August and is open to Beginner through Advanced language learners. The highlights are the small classes (10-15 students) and the dynamic, vibrant and innovative teaching staff.
A peaceful green campus in a residential section of the Tokyo suburb called Mitaka City, International Christian University (I.C.U.) is an oasis of trees and lawns. Downtown Tokyo is about 45 minutes to 1 hour away by bus and train, and Mitaka City provides department stores and conveniences for every need.
Founded in 1949 as a non-denominational Christian college, I.C.U. is dedicated to the ideals of peace, democracy and internationalism. Current undergraduate enrollment is 2,800 with about 232 graduate students. There are six divisions: Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Languages, Education and International Studies. Regular Japanese students are strongly encouraged to go abroad for study.
The summer program features an intense class schedule of 3 periods every morning from 8:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m., followed by lunch. Afternoons are for weekly tutorial sessions and cultural field trips organized by the program. Students are placed into one of 8 levels of Japanese instruction based on a placement test from Elementary to Advanced. Students who have not studied Japanese at all in college or high school are required to learn hiragana as a prerequisite for joining the program by visiting I.C.U.'s Japanese Language Program website (http://subsite.icu.ac.jp/jlp/basic/) and clicking on "Practice for Beginners." If you cannot access the internet, please contact the SCJ office. Applicants should be willing to undertake a rigorous program of Japanese language study and should have definite plans for the future application of their language skill.
I.C.U. is well-known for its strong Japanese language program based on 40 years of experience teaching Japanese to foreigners. For the Summer Program, they also draw faculty from universities and colleges in the U.S.
UMass students typically earn 8 credits of Japanese language through this program.
For information about cost, please click on the homepage link above and go directly to the ICU subsite for their Summer Program.
I.C.U. offers several options which are described in more detail at ICU Summer.jpg
- On-campus dormitory (coeducational), suite arrangements of 4 single rooms with a common living/dining area, shared bathroom and kitchenette.
- Local homestay in the Mitaka City area are also possible.
- Off-campus commercial dormitory, or Gakusei-Kaikan, run by the Kyoritsu Maintenance Co. (http://www.gakuseikaikan.com/english/index.html) Placement at the latter sites may involve up to one-hour commute each way to the I.C.U. campus.