Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

Sun Academy Nihongo Center

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Sun Academy Nihongo Center: Tokyo, Japan

Program Highlights

Tokyo location offers endless opportunities to explore various cultural scenes. Small class sizes, average just four or five students. Curriculum and textbooks are selected through close consultation with Yale Japanese instructors. Small overall program size (only Yale Light Fellows, typically 15 or less total) makes the program intimate and personalized, without a big, insular “bubble” to break out of. Buddy program connects Sun Academy students with local university students for classes, activities, and other outings. Half-time homestay provides another element of social immersion.

A great program for students who will be proactive about using their free time well. Not a good fit for someone who would prefer regimented extracurricular events, or someone who would enjoy making connections with students from other US schools.

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Language Levels

2nd, 3rd, 4th year Japanese

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Because of the excellent teachers in the Japanese department at Yale, I had pretty high standards coming into Sun Academy – and yet, I was still astounded by the Sun teachers’ level of dedication...One of the hallmarks of the Sun Academy program is their Buddy system...this experience HUGELY helped in honing our Japanese conversational skills, since talking to peers is generally more relaxed than talking during class or to teachers."

Akielly Hu
Sun Academy Nihongo Center
Summer, 2016