Sophia University’s short-term intensive program, Summer Session for Japanese Language (and Culture, modified in 2015), started in June 2013. This six-week Summer Session is designed for students who are willing to work hard to improve their Japanese language ability through a remarkably intensive program organized in Japan. Different proficiency levels of classes are offered and students study Japanese in an international environment in the heart of Tokyo.
Three periods (90 minutes each) of Japanese language classes are offered every day during the program. The Japanese course consists of four proficiency levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced-intermediate, and advanced), and the class size is about 15 students. Keep in mind that these are very intensive courses when you consider applying!
Program Period: JUNE 6, 2016 – JULY 15, 2016
June 6th: Orientation at Yotsuya Campus
June 7th: First day of classes
July 15th: Last day of classes (finals) &
*Japanese Language classes will be three lessons of ninety minutes a day, Monday through Friday.
Japanese Language Course
Students will be placed in classes of four different proficiency levels based on their placement test results they take on the orientation day. The number of proficiency levels may change depending on the number of participants and their test results.
Intensive Japanese 1 (100 level = beginner)
Intensive Japanese 2 (100 level = intermediate)
Intensive Japanese 3 (200 level = advanced-intermediate)
Intensive Japanese 4 (200 level = advanced)
Credits and Transcripts
On successful completion, participants receive 4 credits for Japanese Language course and 1 credit for Japanese Studies lecture series. An official transcript is provided to all the participants from Sophia University.
A, B, C, D ==> pass
F ==> fail
Fee: 500 yen
Application deadline: 18 March 2016
Since its foundation in 1961, Sophia University Summer Session in Asian Studies has provided the participants with the opportunity to study about Japan and explore the country’s relation to Asia and the rest of the world. By studying at Yotsuya campus in the heart of Tokyo, the students experience various aspects of Japanese culture and society, and witness the myriad ways in which all cultures of the world are reflected in the maze-like urban landscape of Tokyo.
The Summer Session also enables participants to experience a number of different perspectives on Japan. The faculty themselves have diverse cultural backgrounds, and while some students from Sophia’s Faculty of Liberal Arts attend the session, the majority of participants come from a variety of different countries. The summer session thus offers a rare opportunity for Japanese students and non-Japanese students from abroad to gather to study, discuss, and reflect on Japan’s role in the world. Over 11,000 students from around the globe have attended the Summer Session over the years, and many have gone on to pursue exciting careers related to Japan.
In addition to the courses offered on-campus, we have offered field trips and events such as visiting Meiji Shrine, viewing Rakugo, Kabuki and Noh plays, experiencing tea ceremony and ikebana, and attending a wadaiko lesson. Three to four field trips/events are offered every year. Also some classes feature field trips directly related to the course content.
Taking advantage of the central location in Tokyo, Sophia’s Summer Session students are able to not only study about Japan, but also directly experience topics and issues raised in the classes as when possible, the courses introduce students to the matters they can actually see and experience in the city. Participants earn three credits on successful completion of each course (up to six credits).
JULY 21, 2016 – AUGUST 12, 2016
July 21st: Orientation at Yotsuya Campus
July 22nd: First day of classes
Aug. 12th: Last day of classes (finals) &
*Classes will be two hours and ten minutes per class, Monday through Friday.
Fee : 500 yen
Application Deadline : 2 May 2016
- Curriculum Vitae
- Official Academic Transcript (English)
- English proficiency certificate : minimum Score TOEFL (530), iBT (80) or IELTS (6.0)
- Student Enrollment from faculty
- Letter of recommendation from faculty
- Application Form–> Download: 1. Japanese Language [Transcript_Request_Form_JJ]
2. Asian Studies [Transcript_Request_Form_SS]
For further information please visit : http://www.sophia-summer.jp/index.html
Please send 2 copies of all documents above to Kantor Urusan International UGM (Bulaksumur, F13) no later than corresponding deadlines listed above.