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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A-Term 2020 02/28/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of April 1st
Program Information:

QUICK FACTS    
Location Tokyo, Japan
Academic Term Summer Quarter
Estimated Program Fee $2,605
Credits 12 UW Credits
Prerequisites Knowledge of hiragana (basic Japanese alphabet)
Program Manager Shannon Quinn | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline February 28
HIGHLIGHTS
General This program is geared to students who wish to focus on Japanese language and culture. Courses take place at a language school alongside other foreign students. As on-site support is often very limited, participants should be self-directed and independent.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Summer Course in Japanese (SCJ) at International Christian University (ICU) is an intensive six-week Japanese language program that can accommodate beginning students (Level-C1) through advanced students (Level-C8). SCJ aims to provide a stimulating environment in which university students can increase their understanding of Japanese language and culture. Through classroom studies and outside daily interactions, students can improve their language skills and develop confidence in intercultural communication. 

This Summer School option is a unique opportunity for university students and graduates from all over the world to discover Sciences Po over the course of a summer on the Paris campus. In 2016, the programme hosted over 300 students, representing 51 different nationalities and a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds.
 
LOCATION

Site

Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and the most populous city in the world. It has a mix of traditional and modern elements, thereby appealing to the tastes of all who visit Tokyo. The city is home to many famous temples, large public gardens, museums, and much more.







 

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this program must be familiar with hiragana (basic Japanese alphabet).

Credits

12 UW Credits

Courses

The ICU summer program consists of intensive Japanese language and culture classes. Students will take 15 class periods (one class period = 70 min) each week, with group language classes in the mornings and individual tutorial sessions/ language laboratory work/ culture program events in the afternoons. A certain amount of outside study will be required, but overall the course is geared towards integrating aspects of language and culture together for an integrated experience. In this way the program is designed to help further students' language skills and understanding of Japan. In general, students earn the equivalent of 12 credits of Japanese language for their SCJ coursework completed on this program

Class sizes average 15 students per section.  A balance of language proficiencies - listening, speaking, reading and writing - is taught at each level. Beyond language instruction, an effort is made to introduce aspects of traditional and modern Japanese society. ICU believes that language acquisition and cultural understanding go hand in hand.  Students will have chances to make trips to experience various aspects of Japan's culture.

Please visit the program website to learn more about the course and the curriculum.


In addition, please read past students' evaluations to learn more about the daily life during this program.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

Students have the option to live in on-campus dormitories off-campus dorms, or homestays. The on campus dormitory is fully furnished with double rooms, air conditioning, pod-based bathrooms, and Wi-Fi. Students willing to make their own arrangements can also take advantage of off-campus housing or homestays.

More information on student housing can be found here.

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $2,605

Included in the program fee:

  • $350 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Housing
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1000)
  • Food (about $20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: Payment Deadline

The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the Sciences Po Summer program application.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.