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Dear Applicants for ICU Summer Courses in 2017

posted Mar 5, 2017, 4:30 PM by Sanae OE

Thank you for your application to ICU Summer Courses in Japanese in 2017.
We have received many applications from all over the world.
All the applicants will be given a notice of acceptance via email by the end of March, 2017.

Thank you.

Application for 2017 SCJ is open!!

posted Nov 1, 2016, 10:41 PM by Sanae OE   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 4:37 PM by ERIKO SHIMAZAKI ]

An online application for 2017 Summer Courses in Japanese is open today.
Go to application page →http://scj.info.icu.ac.jp/home/application and please check the details.
The application documents should be sent to SCJ office till 28 February, 2017. 
So that they arrive in Japan NO LATER THAN 28 February, 2017(JST).

Pictures from 2016 Summer Courses in Japanese

posted Oct 31, 2016, 11:23 PM by Takanori KATO   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 9:50 PM by Sanae OE ]

The Summer Courses in Japanese, which began on July 5 (Tues) and lasted for 6 weeks, ended on August 16 (Tues). In 2016, 102 students from 19 countries were enrolled in the program. This intensive six-week course provides classes for both non-native and native (heritage) speakers of Japanese, where students can increase their understanding of Japanese language and culture.

During the 6-week course, students not only studied Japanese language but also Japanese culture, and experienced sado(Japanese tea ceremony), traditional Japanese dance, and even had a chance to make Japanese-style cloth sandals.

Comments from the summer course students:
  • The summer course is a terrific program, one of the best to learn Japanese. I wish I can come back some day to take this course again.
  • There were various kinds of interesting Japanese culture programs, through which I was able to experience Japanese culture at first hand. I appreciate it so much.
  • I am so sad the summer course is over now. This valuable experience has become a memory of lifetime that I will never forget. I will share my memories with my family and friends when I go back home.

Applications for 2016 SCJ closed

posted Oct 31, 2016, 9:07 PM by Takanori KATO   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 11:26 PM ]

Applications for Summer Courses in Japanese 2016 closed on February 29. Please note that we cannot accept late applications for any reason.

Information about 2017 SCJ will be available around December, 2016.

Thank you for your understanding,

ICU Summer Courses in Japanese

Pictures from 2015 Summer Courses in Japanese

posted Oct 31, 2016, 8:03 PM by Yasuhiro OTA   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 4:50 PM by ERIKO SHIMAZAKI ]

In 2015, 107 students from 14 countries were enrolled in the program of Summer Courses in Japanese (July 6th - Aug 14th). This intensive six-week course provides classes for both non-native and native (heritage) speakers of Japanese, where students can increase their understanding of Japanese language and culture. The course consists of 15 class periods per week (1 class period=70 min), offering a selection of cultural activities such as Ikebana (flower arrangement), Tea ceremony, Zen meditation, Kabuki theater, Zori (Japanese fabric sandal) making and Japanese traditional dance, etc. for students to take part in. During the course, students stay in on-campus dormitory or homestay accomodation to improve their Japanese and develop an understanding of Japanese culture.

In the end of the six-week Japanese language and culture course, students commented the following: “My Japanese has improved a lot, but I want to learn more to speak well.”, ” I participated in Zen meditation program. It was a very spiritual time and the most memorable program in Japan.”, “The time I spent with the Japanese host family is my best memory. Every dinner was delicious and I always looked forward to go back. My host father and mother were both very kind and gave me many chances to practice conversation in Japanese. I think my ability of Japanese has improved.”, “Japanese language is beautiful, using three types of writing systems: hiragana, katakana and kanji. I’ve been interested in Japanese as it is a beautiful language, but trying to remember three different groups of characters was really hard. Kanji was especially difficult and also the way keigo, the polite language is used.”.

 2015年度の夏期日本語教育は7月6日~8月14日の6週間開催され、世界14カ国から107名の学生が参加しました。本コースは、日本語を母語としない外国人、また日本人帰国生向けの日本語と日本文化を学ぶ講座です。受講者は、週15コマ(1コマ70分)の 日本語集中教育のほか、いけばな、茶道、寺院にて坐禅体験、歌舞伎鑑賞等、さまざまな文化プログラムを体験します。さらに期間中は、キャンパス内での寮生活やホームステイをしながら、日本語能力の向上と日本文化への理解を深めます。6週間にわたり日本語、日本文化を学んだ学生たちは、「日本語がだいぶ話せる ようになったけど、まだまだ。もっと勉強してうまくなりたい」、「文化プログラムで坐禅を体験しました。とてもスピリチュアルな時間で、一番印象に残った時間です」、「ホームステイ先で、日本の家族とともに過ごしたことが何よりの思い出です。毎日の夕食がおいしくて、いつもステイ先に帰るのが楽しみでした。ホストファザー、マザーも非常に良い人で、たくさん会話してくれたおかげで、日本語が上達したと思います」、「ひらがな、カタカナ、漢字と3種類を使い分ける日本語は、とても美しい言語だと思います。美しい言語なので日本語に興味をもったのですが、3種類の文字を覚えるのはやはり大変でした。特に漢字、そして敬語の使い方も非常に難しかったです。」などと、感想を語っていました。

【Photo at farewell party】

【Performance at farewell party】

“SAKURA”  Koto (Japanese harp) + traditional Japanese dance & “Aogebatotoshi ” chorus
【Culture program: Shodo (calligraphy)】

【Culture program: Zen meditation at Kannon-in Temple (Musashisakai)】

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