Kanagawa University offers a short-term intensive language program that is open to individuals from countries around the world, twice yearly in summer and winter.

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.

  • Classes of Japanese Language: Approx.74 hrs. in total *beginners are also welcome!
  • Lectures about Japan: Culture, History, Economics and Politics, etc.
  • Hands-on Experience of Japanese Culture: Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy, Flower Arrangement (ikebana), Japanese Architecture Tour, Kabuki (Japanese Traditional Theater Play) viewing etc.
  • Fieldtrips: Company/school visits etc.
  • Activities: The activities may include visits to Tokyo, Yokohama, Hakone etc.
  • 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 elementary or intermediate (The highest level accepted is N2 on the JLTP. Beginners are welcome.)
    * However those who have no knowledge of Japanese characters must learn hiragana and katakana before you join the program.
  • Overseas applicants are responsible to arrange visa.
  • English capability is required (Hands-on Experience of Japanese Culture courses and Lectures about Japan are conducted in English)
  • Overseas applicants must be insured with traveler's insurance.


Program Schedule Friday January 11 – Friday February15, 2019 (five weeks)
Capacity 50 people
Applications Tuesday July 3 – Friday September 28, 2018 *Closed
  • 2018/2019 Program Pamphlet (English Only) PDFファイル (6.09MB)
  • Summer

    Program Schedule Friday June 28 – Friday August 2, 2019 (five weeks)
    Capacity 50 people
    Applications Monday January 7 – Friday March 29, 2019
  • 2019/2020 Program Pamphlet (English Only) PDFファイル (4.54MB)
  • Application

    Please click the button below to make an online application for the 2019 Winterr Program.

    Online Application

    Use the following documents as necessary during your online application.


    International Center, Kanagawa University

    Yokohama Campus
    3-27-1 Rokkakubashi, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama 221-8686 Japan
    Phone: +81-(0)45-491-1701(direct)
    Fax: +81-(0)45-481-6011
    E-mail: intl-japaneseprogram@kanagawa-u.ac.jp

    Participant Testimonials

    C.Y. from City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I am glad that I can stay in Japan for a month and visited many different places. Also, I have tried many different Japanese traditional culture such as tea ceremony. I will cherish this experience and "arigatogozaimashita".

    C.J. from Konkuk University (Korea)

    I really enjoyed this program. As we know, the main purpose of this program is learning Japanese. Teachers are really kind and they are always well-prepared for the class. The students can learn Japanese with speaking, reading, writing and listening through the way that we've never experienced in their own country. In addition to the main purpose of this program, I got many things from this program. One of the most valuable this is "people" There were so many programs and class that make us understand more about Japanese "people!" And also all of Japanese "people" in this program is really kind. I think that thing helped me to do my best in this program. Although it's a-month short program, it worths more than time we spent here. I really high-recommend to other people to do this program.

    N.V. from Purdue University Northwest (U.S.A)

    The faculty at Kanagawa University care a lot about the students in this program, and they want the students to have a positive experience while staying in Japan. The schedule is filled with valuable experiences and interesting learning experiences that really help participants better understand Japanese life, history, and culture.

    W.R. from Universiti Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)

    First of all I would like to say thank you and it is really enjoyable program! I really like it very much! Before this, I do not know anything about Japanese language except "arigatou" and "sumimasen" only because my major is Engineering and nothing to do with Japanese Language. After I joined this program, it seems that Japanese language is really interesting to learn. I hope after this I can continue studying my Japanese language and I am looking forward to come again to Japan to further my Master or PHD and work at here if I had a chance. Overall this program is awesome and really enjoyable!

    A.M. from University of Miami (Venezuela)

    Kanagawa University Japanese Summer program was an unforgettable experience. It gave me a greater understanding of Japan and its culture in a number of areas such as Arts, History, Cuisine, and Architecture. I made many friendships during this trip that I hope to see in the following years of my life. Classes offered excellent listening and communication opportunities. Not only will you get to know Yokohama but numerous places around Japan, This was a once in a lifetime experience.

    F.T. from Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico)

    It is an amazing opportunity to learn Japanese, but also to meet amazing people. I made incredible friends and I feel grateful for being here!