The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) application is now open, and the deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Improve your Japanese language skills in this intensive 10-month training program in Yokohama, Japan for undergraduates, graduates, and post-graduates!

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) is the premier North American program for the teaching of advanced Japanese and has provided language training to more than 2,500 individuals. First established in Tokyo in 1963, the Center now resides in Yokohama, Japan with space, services, and various amenities provided by the municipal government. The program is governed by an Inter-University Governing Board of scholars representing the thirteen member universities, all of which have strong, established programs in Japanese studies.

Programs are intended for students who are embarking on careers in Japanese Studies or other fields in which fluent Japanese is a necessity. The programs are designed to bring each participant to a level of proficiency sufficient for academic or professional use. Training focuses on development of the ability to converse in Japanese on specialized subjects, to comprehend and deliver public presentations, and to read and write materials in Japanese in order to function professionally in academia, business, government, and other fields. Many graduates occupy positions of leadership in their respective disciplines and professions.

Instruction takes place in small classes. Some tutorial instruction is provided. Students are expected to devote their time outside the classroom to preparation and self-paced study. The workload does not permit time for dissertation or other research or for part-time jobs.The IUC Intensive 10-Month 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 or other professional goals. The IUC does not assign grades or grant academic credit. It does provide a letter of evaluation of work completed during the IUC program. Any credit for work done at the IUC must be arranged through the student’s home institution.

For more information pertaining to this program, and to submit your application, please click here.