Admission to Summer Program

Qualifications for Admission

To qualify for admission, an applicant must (1) demonstrate a clear intent to pursue a professional or academic career requiring the use of Japanese; and (2) have successfully completed two or more years of college-level instruction. In terms of actual language proficiency, successful applicants are expected to have a solid foundation in the fundamental structures of Japanese, to have mastered both kana syllabaries, and to be able to read and write approximately 500 to 700 kanji. Admissions to the Inter-University Center are made without regard to gender, age, race, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin.

Selection of Students

Students are selected for admission by the Center Summer Program Selection Committee based on the following considerations:

  1. A student meets the conditions for admission listed under Qualifications for Admission above.
  2. An evaluation by the Summer Program Selection Committee of a student's statement of purpose and objectives contained in the PURPOSES section under GENERAL INFORMATION in the Application for Admission form.
  3. An evaluation by the Summer Program Selection Committee of the information contained in a student's Language Evaluation Form.

Please note that enrollment in the Center Summer Program is limited and it may not be possible to admit all qualified applicants.

Attendance Fees

Tuition for the summer program is . Students currently enrolled in a degree granting program and/or recently graduated from an IUC member institution during the - academic year will receive a partial tuition remission of to attend the summer program. Fees include all textbooks and other instructional materials. Attendance fees do not include living or housing expenses, or travel to Japan.

Application and Admission Procedures

  1. Application is available online. Deadline is , . Early submission is encouraged.
  2. Admission decisions will be announced by e-mail not later than . Students selected as alternates for admission will be notified whether they will be admitted by . If an alternate student has not heard from the Center by , it will mean that he or she has not been admitted.
  3. A signed letter of agreement to attend must be returned to the Center by , .
  4. The tuition fee is payable by check directly to the IUC Stanford administrative office in U.S. dollars before the beginning of instruction on , . Checks should be made payable to Stanford University.
  5. Any admitted applicant who decides not to enroll in the program should immediately notify the Center.
  6. After the application period, any questions regarding attendance should be sent to the Center via email at
  7. Students who require a visa to enter Japan should contact a Japanese Embassy or Consulate directly. If proof of admission to the Center is required, please contact the Center by e-mail.

Please be aware that housing arrangements are the personal responsibility of each student. Information about how to locate and reserve these apartments is provided upon request upon acceptance to the program.

The IUC retains the right to cancel or modify the program at any time, for reasons that may include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, emergencies, or health and safety considerations. Program modifications shall not alter the student's obligation to pay tuition.

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