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Early Application Deadline:
November 15, 2017
February 1, 2018
*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
The Intensive Intermediate Japanese Language Program (designed for students who have completed JAPN 1013 or JAPN 2013) offers the students an opportunity to develop their Japanese language skills quickly by intensive training, to experience Japanese culture and lifestyle, and to earn an internationally recognized certificate of Japanese language proficiency. After three weeks of pre-departure class meetings in Fayetteville, students will travel to Japan and spend four weeks in language training and visits to historical and other important landmarks as well as activities with Japanese students. At the end of their stay in Japan, students will take the official Japanese Language Proficiency Test in Yokohama.
The student group will be accompanied by Prof. Tatsuya Fukushima of the University of Arkansas Department of World Languages, Literature & Culture. Dr. Fukushima will be on site for the duration of the program and provide instruction, along with the experienced staff at Kanto Gakuin and Shimane. Professor Fukushima is not only a native-born citizen of Japan, but he also directs the Japanese language program at the University of Arkansas, and has directed this summer program four times.
- Successfully complete JAPN 1013 or JAPN 2013 before departure
- Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours by the beginning of the program abroad
- Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application
Six (6) credit hours
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University of Arkansas
: Offered at the Undergraduate level
- JAPN 2116 (6 credits) Intensive Intermediate Japanese OR
- JAPN 2116H (6 credits) Honors Intensive Intermediate Japanese
This course aims to improve students' Japanese proficiency in all skill areas through intensive practice in and out of class. Because of its intensive nature, this course strongly emphasizes intensive oral/aural drills and reading/speaking exercises and intensive grammar drills.
- JAPN 2003 (3 credits) Intermediate Japanese I AND
- JAPN 2013 (3 credits) Intermediate Japanese II
Intermediate courses lead to greater facility in spoken language and to more advanced reading skills. And, continued development of basic reading comprehension and writing skills and intensive development of reading skills.
After three weeks of pre-departure class meetings in Fayetteville, students will travel to Japan and spend four weeks in language training and visits to historical and other important landmarks as well as activities with Japanese students. At the end of their stay in Japan, students will take the official Japanese Language Proficiency Test in Yokohama. Credit earned on this program will be University of Arkansas credit and applied to your transcript as U of A credit. As U of A credit, your study abroad grades WILL be calculated into your cumulative GPA.
Click here for the summer 2014 program syllabus: Summer 2014 Intensive Japanese Course Syllabus.pdf
Students will stay at facilities arranged by the partner institutions in Japan. Additionally, if possible, there will be an opportunity to spend a weekend with a host family while visiting Shimane.
Students will visit Shimane Prefecture (the heartland of traditional Japan) and Tokyo/Yokohama (the symbol of modern Japan). As part of the explorations out of class, this trip will guide students to a wide range of venues in Japan such as historical landmarks, museums, state-of-the-art corporate facilities, and metropolitan attractions. Shimane University and Kanto Gakuin University (both U of A partner institutions) will coordinate cultural activities to complement the itinerary.
Click here for a tentative itinerary for the program: Summer 2015 Intensive Japanese Itinerary.pdf
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many case, you can use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leader:
Dr. Tatsuya Fukushima
World Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Want a glimpse into the program? Check out this You Tube Video
of summer 2014 participants at a tea ceremony, covered by local media (English subtitles available if you click "CC" at the bottom right corner of the screen, choosing "English" and pressing "On.").