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Summer Intensive Japanese

The Summer Intensive Japanese program allows students to immerse themselves in Japanese life while studying an academic year’s worth of college-level Japanese in one summer. Japanese courses from beginner to advanced are offered.

Summer 2025 Deadline: February 14, 2025 (Opening Soon!)

Program Details

  • Length: ~9.5 weeks (early June through early/mid-August; See Academic Calendar)
  • Credits: 10
  • Location(s): Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Housing: JCMU Residence Hall (with option to apply for a homestay)
  • Eligibility: Min. GPA of 2.5 (cumulative); Completion of at least two semesters of college-level undergraduate enrollment before participation (see Eligibility page for more details)
  • Prerequisites: None - Open to all majors; Previous Japanese language study is helpful, but not required.

Program Description

  • 10 credits of intensive Japanese language offered in four levels (beginner to advanced): Daily instruction addresses listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Placement is based on assessment activities held at the beginning of the program after arrival.
  • Japanese cultural experiences, including field trips and culture classes: Learn about Japanese arts, such as calligraphy, flower arranging, martial arts, and more. Visit famous historical sites in the kansai region on JCMU-arranged field trips. 
  • Opportunities to engage with the community: Practice Japanese with conversation partners, apply to stay with a host family, and participate in activities on JCMU campus, local university campuses, and beyond.

Program Costs

Review the Know Your Costs page for more details about the billable and estimated out-of-pocket costs listed below. Information about JCMU-specific and external funding opportunities can be found on our Scholarships page

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Summer 2025

  • Program Fee (tuition, course materials, health insurance): 
  • Housing Fee (JCMU Residence Hall and/or homestay, if available):
    • All Students: $1,700

Out-of-Pocket Costs (estimated)

  • Airfare: $2,500
  • Food: $1,850
  • Additional Costs: $500
  • Ground Transportation: $150