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Japan: International Christian University (Summer)
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
|Restrictions:||UB applicants only|
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|Open to:||UB students only||Language of Instruction:||Japanese|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Eligibility:||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and mature Freshmen|
|Area of Study:||Any, Asian Studies, International Studies, Linguistics||Term:||Summer|
|Language Courses Offered:||Japanese||Housing Options:||Any, Host Family, Off Campus, On Campus|
|Program Advisor:||Olga Crombie||Credits:||6|
International Christian University
Travel to all areas of Tokyo is very convenient from ICU. Bus service is available from campus to Mitaka Station where many trains depart. Travel from ICU to Shinjuku Station in central Tokyo takes about 30-40 minutes. Tokyo also serves as a convenient departure point for travel throughout Japan.
Tokyo, with a population of 12 million, offers many exciting sites to explore such as the Imperial Palace, the Mokubakan (an ancient Japanese theater) and Lotus Park. The capital also offers the enchanting Ueno Park where the National Museum is found as well as rows of traditional shops, restaurants, ornate Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.
Under the exchange agreement between UB and International Christian University, UB students are eligible to participate on the Summer Courses in Japanese program at International Christian University.
The Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ) program at ICU is an intensive six-week program that aims to provide a stimulating environment in which students may increase their understanding of Japanese language and culture. UB students who successfully complete the program will receive six UB credits.
Eight levels of Japanese instruction are offered. The language of instruction is Japanese, except in the lower levels where English is occasionally used for grammatical explanation. Students are placed into the appropriate level on the basis of a proficiency exam taken upon arrival.
The summer course consists of approximately 20 instructional hours each week. Classes are held in the mornings, while afternoons are devoted to the culture program, individual lab work, and consultation with teachers. The program is demanding; students are required to study on their own outside class for at least four to five hours per day in order to review and work ahead.
Classes are kept as small as possible (about 10-15 students each). A balance of all language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - is taught at each level. Along with language instruction, students are introduced to aspects of traditional and modern Japanese societies.
The Culture Program is designed to provide a diverse set of cultural contexts from which participating students can develop their understanding of the language, culture and people of Japan. It includes a lecture series, on-campus activities, and off-campus activities such as visits to the National Kabuki Theatre and a pottery studio. All program activities are scheduled in the afternoon. For some events there will be an additional charge.
Program participants may select from three accommodation options: an on-campus dormitory called Zelkova House (Keyaki Ryo), a home-stay with a Japanese family, or off-campus student residence. Each type of accommodation offers students unique ways to become immersed in Japanese society and culture.
Applications are welcome from University at Buffalo undergraduate students with an academic interest in Japan. 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 skills. No previous knowledge of Japanese language required.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer.
UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.
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