Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies

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Inter-University Center: Yokohama, Japan

Program Highlights

The most advanced approved program in Japan. The program is designed to bring each participant to a level of proficiency sufficient for advanced 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.

Small class sizes and a tailored curriculum make this an optimal program for advanced Japanese learners, designed primarily for graduate students. For students who already have a solid basis of general language proficiency, this program can help specialize for a particular field. IUC is relatively unstructured, offering very little organized activity outside of classes, and limited involvement in student life (including housing, which students find for themselves). Yokohama location makes neighboring Tokyo’s cultural offerings accessible and convenient.

Great option for students who have lived independently and want autonomy over their free time. Probably a bad choice for younger underclassmen and students who want general improvement in their Japanese.

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Language Levels

3rd year through high advanced Japanese

Terms Offered

Summer, Academic Year

Additional Information

IUC only admits students who have clear purpose for improving Japanese for professional or academic use. If you do not have a specific research interest or target career path, this program will not serve your needs.

For advising, in addition to the language teachers and Light Fellowship advisors, please contact Yale University's IUC Board Representative: Professor Aaron Gerow, Professor of Film Studies and EALL, 311 HGS.

Regarding credit, IUC does not issue a transcript. Instead, IUC provides a certificate of attendance, which does not show grades. Therefore, any student attempting to take IUC for credit will be subject to a placement exam back at Yale, which will determine whether or not credit can be given.

Requirements: Applicants should have 2 or more years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent. Graduating seniors who can demonstrate commitment to a career relating to Japan. Graduate students who are active candidates for an advanced degree. One-term study (that is, just the fall or spring portion of the 10 Month Program) is not possible.

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IUC is the perfect place for those who want to get their hands dirty and significantly improve their ability to use Japanese in high-level settings. Undergraduates less interested in academia/professional careers involving Japanese might be better served by other programs (my class exclusively consisted of graduate students, and I only met a few undergrads out of a total population of around 45), but IUC is neither short on fun nor varied experiences that allow participants to gain a fuller appreciation of Japanese culture. Like almost any other program, a significant part of one’s enjoyment is based on the choices one makes over the course of the summer. "

George Remisovsky
Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies
Summer, 2016