Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies

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IUC is 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. 

Approved Levels 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Approved Terms Summer, Academic Year* 

*This program is a 10-month program. Fall only and Spring only are not possible. 

Program Application Notes:

  • 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.
  • The deadline for the 10-Month Program is earlier than most programs, generally in mid-January.
  • The IUC Kanbun program is not approved for Light funding.
  • IUC does not accept the Light Fellowship language evaluation in lieu of a recommendation letter. You must request this from a language instructor separately from your Light Fellowship application. 

Light Fellowship Application Notes:

  • This is a program that requires a high level of independence. It is most suitable for students who have had prior experience living abroad on their own and do not anticipate needing strong programmatic support or rich extracurricular offerings.
  • If you are a first-year student or sophomore at Yale College considering this program as your first choice, you must meet with a Light Fellowship advisor before confirming your place in this program.
  • All Yale College students and graduating seniors considering this program for term-time or academic year study are strongly encouraged to meet a Light Fellowship advisor.