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Japanese Language and Culture Program

Study Japanese language and culture in Yokohama!

Kanagawa University offers a short-term intensive language program that is open to individuals from countries around the world.

Focusing on Japanese language study, the program’s objective is to improve Japanese proficiency and deepen understanding of both traditional Japanese culture and various aspects of contemporary Japan by taking classes related to Japan, going on fieldtrips and having the opportunity to directly experience the tea ceremony, calligraphy, and so forth. Opportunities to interact with Kanagawa University students have also been incorporated into the program.

Program Schedule: Friday July 1 – Friday August 5, 2016 (five weeks)
Capacity: 30 people
Applications: Tuesday January 12 – Friday April 8, 2016

・Classes of Japanese Language:15 hours/week *beginners are also welcome!
・Lectures about Japan:Culture, History, Economics and Politics, etc.
・Hands-on Experience of Japanese Culture:Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy, Flower Arrangement, Japanese Architecture tour, Kabuki (Japanese Traditional Theater Play) viewing etc.
・Fieldtrips: Company and school visits.
・Weekend Activities:The activities may include visits to Tokyo, Kamakura, and Hakone.

・18 years old and over.
・Those who are enrolled in an undergraduate course or who have obtained a "Bachelor's degree."
・Those whose Japanese levels are approximately elementary -intermediate (N2/ Level 2 in Japanese Language Proficiency Test or less)
・Overseas applicants are responsible to arrange visa.
・English capability is required (Hands-on Experience of Japanese Culture and Lecture about Japan are conducted in English)
・Overseas applicants must be insured with traveler's insurance.

Please refer to the below for more details.

The pamphlet and application form will be available from January 2016.


International Center, Kanagawa University
Yokohama Campus
3-27-1 Rokkakubashi Kanagawa-ku,
Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
221-8686 Japan
Phone: +81-(0)45-491-1701(direct)
Fax: +81-(0)45-481-6011

Participant Testimonials

G.T. from Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)

The program seems to be great for basic level. It helped me to be more natural while speaking Japanese and I appreciated that. I could feel right now how much Japanese I had learned with this program. Anyway, I recommend it to everyone, especially the ones that are starting now. Kanagawa Daigaku is awesome! Thank you for the memories.

K.Y. from Konkuk University (South Korea)

In this program, there are many interesting things. Going to some places like Hakone, Tokyo, Kamakura with friends is very fun. They give us a lot of experience about Japan. I’m very satisfied. I would like to return!

W.Y. from Beijing Normal University (China)

Four months ago, when I finished all the application for the program, I was already looking forward to it. Time passed fast, now it’s the time to say goodbye. I don’t know how to express my present feelings, sad, as well as other wonderful memory with me that may be enough for this time. Thank you so much for everything!

F.A. from Astrakhan State University (Russia)

I am very glad that I could participate in this program. There are so many things that have happened during this month that it’s difficult to choose only one thing to talk about. Thanks to my host family and Japanese friends, I could understand the Japanese way of life and thinking. I think I became a little bit close to Japanese society that is so unique and different. Thanks to KU staff and teachers, I improved my language skills, met new friends and visited a lot of interesting places. This program is the best opportunity to learn about Japan. I’m very thankful to everyone who participated in this program and to all people that I’ve met. So if you want to know what Japan is, apply to this program, choose host family accommodation, pack your bags and come here! Enjoy your own Japan!

D.V. from Complutense University (Spain)

If you like to meet people of different countries, this summer program can help you. I could meet a lot of people that I couldn’t meet in my country: Koreans, Chinese, Brazilians and etc. Everybody was kind and nice here. Japanese teachers were amazing with wonderful teaching skills and you can learn a lot in a short period of time. I couldn’t say anything in Japanese before coming here but now I can understand some questions and I can tell something about myself. Of course you can find a lot of Japanese friends here, they are always welcoming you. It’s a good experience and I would like to repeat. I wish this program was ever longer because I don’t want to go back home!