Academic programs offered during the summer basically fall into two categories: intensive language programs and non-language programs. A limited number of internship programs with placements in Japan are also available. Click on each of the headings below to see more information.
Please note: For programs during the academic year, please see the Study in Japan section of this website.
Summer intensive language programs teach a full academic year of language in a six to ten week intensive program. Classes usually meet several hours every day and have daily homework assignments. Many programs supplement language study with cultural activities, language tables, and field trips.
For students who plan to continue studying Japanese at U-M following the summer program, it is important to select a summer program that covers the equivalent of one academic year of instruction at U-M. The programs listed below generally teach the equivalent of a full academic year of Japanese as taught at the University of Michigan. All programs are Summer FLAS eligible except as noted.
Programs in the United States
University of Michigan Summer Language Institute (U-M SLI) offers first and second year Japanese. Courses are taught by regular U-M language instructors. In addition to the regular summer half-term registration for U-M academic credit, a Program Fee option is available for those who do not need to take the course for academic credit.
Middlebury College's Language Schools has a Japanese School for first through fifth year Japanese.
Programs in Japan
Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) for Intensive Summer Institutes is a combination intensive summer language program that comes with full funding if you are accepted. This program, administered by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment activities overseas each summer. Programs at the intermediate and advanced language levels are available in Japanese. The scholarship covers travel, pre-departure orientation, applicable visa fees, room, board, group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees to CLS Program cultural enrichment activities. All applicants must be US citizens. Applicants must be enrolled in a US degree granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level (graduating seniors are eligible as long they are enrolled as an undergraduate student at the time of application). Applicants must have completed at least one year of university level study by the beginning of the summer institute. Note: This program is NOT eligible for Summer FLAS.
Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) offers Intermediate (2nd/3rd year) and Advanced (4th/5th year) modern Japanese and Classical Japanese. Intermediate Japanese requires at least one year college-level Japanese prior to enrollment. Advanced Japanese and Classical Japanese both require three years of college-level Japanese prior to enrollment. KCJS is managed by a consortium of universities including the University of Michigan. The consortium office is administered by the Office of Global Programs at Columbia University. Note: Classical Japanese is NOT eligible for Summer FLAS; Advanced Japanese is Summer FLAS eligible; Intermediate Japanese meets Summer FLAS eligibility requirements for 3rd year ONLY.
Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) in Yokohama offers an advanced Japanese program appropriate for students who will be at the fourth/fifth year level as well as a 3-week intensive course on kambun for students with advanced proficiency in modern Japanese and basic knowledge of classical Japanese grammar. IUC is managed a consortium of universities including the University of Michigan. The consortium office is administered by Stanford University. Note: the intensive kambun program does NOT meet the eligibility requirements for Summer FLAS.
Hokkaido International Foundation offers an eight-week Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program at the second through fourth year level. All students in this program participate in a homestay with a Japanese family and keep a Japanese language only pledge. Note: This program meets the Summer FLAS eligibility requirements for 3rd and 4th year only.
Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU), located in Hikone-shi, Shiga Prefecture, offers 9-week summer intensive programs at four levels from beginning (1st year) to advanced (4th year). JCMU is managed by a consortium of Michigan public universities of which U-M is a part; the consortium administrative offices are located at Michigan State University. Important Note: Students interested in the summer program apply directly to JCMU, not through CGIS. Note: This program meets Summer FLAS eligibility requirements for 3rd and 4th year only.
Princeton-in-Ishikawa offers second and third year Japanese in Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa Prefecuture. The program is administered by Princeton University. Note: This program meets the eligibility requirements for Summer FLAS for 3rd year level ONLY.
CET Academic Programs offers second, third and fourth year Japanese on the Osaka Gakuin University campus in Hirakata-shi, Osaka. Website: www.cetacademicprograms.com; use the menu at the top and select Programs -> Japan -> Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Studies in Osaka. Note: Not recommended for students who plan to continue further language study following this program at UM.
International Christian University offers a six-week summer intensive program called Summer Course in Japanese, which offers eight levels of instruction from beginning to advanced. Website: subsite.icu.ac.jp/scj/index.html Note: This program does NOT meet the eligibility requirements for Summer FLAS.
Specialized Programs for Classical Japanese, Cursive Writing (kuzushiji) and Kambun
Short term workshops and intensive programs for specialized training in classical Japanese, reading kuzushiji (cursive brush writing), reading kambun (Chinese writing) and reading komonjo (historical documents) are often offered during the summer. Many of these workshops are a week to three weeks long and rotate sites among several universities. Watch for announcements in late winter term. Note: These workshops are do not meet the eligibility requirements for Summer FLAS. Rackham students may use the Graduate Student Research Grant for this type of workshop and may also apply for the CJS Summer Fellowship or CJS Short Term Travel Grant.
Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) offers a 6-week summer intensive program in classical Japanese for those who have advanced proficiency in modern Japanese.
Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) in Yokohama offers a 3-week intensive kambun program for those who have advanced proficiency in modern Japanese and a basic knowledge of classical Japanese grammar.
In addition to language programs, a wide variety of specialized programs are available during the summer. Many of these programs focus on topics and areas that are not normally available during the academic year. Programs may or may not include Japanese language instruction. These programs DO NOT meet the eligibility criteria for Summer FLAS Fellowships.
Programs in Japan
Kyushu University offers Asia in Today's World, a 6-week program that combines Asian Studies courses taught in English with intensive Japanese language courses at the beginning and intermediate levels (1st and 2nd year). Note: This program does NOT meet Summer FLAS eligibility requirements.
Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is a consortium of Michigan's public universities of which U-M is a member. JCMU is administered through Michigan State University and has a campus in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. JCMU offers a summer internship program as well as a number of May and Summer programs focused on a variety of topics, such as Japanese politics, comparative health care, environment, tourism, religion, and digital video/photography. Application deadlines and requirements for participation vary by program; see program website for more information.
University of Tokyo's School of Frontier Sciences offers a summer program for undergraduates in humanities and sciences completing their junior or senior year and are considering enrolling in a graduate program at a Japanese university. Students participate in common lectures and Japanese language classes for the first week and are assigned to a faculty research group for the remainder of the program. Students work on an independent research project in the research group. Scholarships for living expenses and airfare are available.
Theatre Nohgaku offers short term summer workshops, taught in English, on the Japanese traditional theater Noh. Three workshops in US and Japan are planned for 2014; see website for dates, topics, location, cost, and other information.
Harvard Summer School offers an 8-week program at Doshisha University in Kyoto. Students enroll in two courses (course topics vary from year to year), stay with Japanese families, and participate in field trips. Non-credit language instruction by Doshisha staff is offered for students with no previous Japanese language. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have completed one year of college.
Western Michigan University offers Japanese Religion and Culture Seminar that travels to Tokyo, Nikko and Kyoto. Undergraduate academic credit is available.
Programs in the United States
Summer Translation Program, Western Michigan University: Four-week program consisting of two courses, Translation Practicum and Theory and Business of Translation. Enrollment is open to all college students; high school teachers, government officials and other professionals who rely on translation or foreign languages as part of their careers; and native speakers who want experience translating to English.
Phone: (269) 387-6240
Following is a partial list of potential sources of funding for summer study:
- Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide full tuition and required fees plus $2,500 stipend for 2nd year level and above. Recipients must enroll in an approved summer intensive language program. Current University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students who are US citizens/permanent residents and will be studying at the 2nd year level or above may apply. For more information and application, go to the FLAS website at www.ii.umich.edu/flas.
- Center for Japanese Studies Summer Fellowships provide up to $5,000 toward a variety of summer projects for graduate students, including enrollment in intensive language study and specialized workshops. Current University of Michigan graduate students are eligible to apply. For more information and application, see the Student Funding section of this website.
- Center for Japanese Studies Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship provides up to $1,500 for summer study abroad programs sponsored by a University of Michigan unit, or in a FLAS-eligible summer intensive language program in Japan. Current University of Michigan undergraduates are eligible to apply. For more information and application, see the Student Funding section of this website.
- Many summer programs provide their own merit- and need-based scholarships and financial aid. You will need to apply directly to each program for this type of funding.
- In some instances, you may be able to use need-based financial aid administered through U-M Office of Financial Aid (OFA) for a summer program. Contact a Financial Aid Officer at OFA for more information.
US Department of State
The US Department of State offers a number of internship and fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students as well as working professionals, including internships at the US Embassy in Tokyo and US consulates located throughout Japan.
Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)
Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is a consortium of public universities in Michigan of which U-M is a member. JCMU is administered at Michigan State University and has a campus in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. JCMU has a 12-week Summer Internship program in Japan that combines advanced Japanese language study, 9-week internship placement, and reflective meetings with JCMU faculty and staff. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and three years of college level Japanese required. Students apply directly to JCMU.
Pasona Internship Program
The Pasona Internship Program allows outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a two-month internship at a Japanese company. The program also provides a monthly stipend, round-trip airfare as well as company sponsored housing in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Application deadline is typically in December.
AIESEC is a student-run organization that provides international internships in over 100 countries including Japan from 6 weeks to 18 months. Students must become AIESEC member to apply for a position. Most positions are paid.
Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS), Temple University Japan
ICAS offers unpaid summer internships to undergraduate and graduate students on their Tokyo campus. Interns work as research associates assisting faculty research projects in the humanities and social sciences, or assist administrators and staff in organizing conferences and special symposia.
Ibaraki Christian University
Ibaraki Christian University offers summer and academic year unpaid internships for students interested in teaching English to undergraduate students at the university. Interns will work with students in and outside of the classroom to help them academically, provide communication practice and create opportunities where students can use their English in nonacademic settings such as playing games, sports and other extracurricular activities that interns will plan.