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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Derek Shepard Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Open to Non-UNC students: Yes
Program type: Faculty-Led Language prerequisite: 2 semesters
Language of instruction: English, Japanese Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Eligible: Yes
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

UNC Summer in Japan

This program is eligible for the Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship
What better place to improve your Japanese than in the heart of Japan? Join this exciting seven-week summer program, led by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member Yuki Aratake, based at the IES Tokyo Center at Kanda University in Chiba! This program will provide the equivalent of one full year of Japanese language study as well as an introduction to Japanese culture and society. In order to achieve full immersion into Japanese life, students will be placed with local families in a homestay. Participants will have use of Kanda University facilities and plenty of opportunities to interact with Kanda students. Students must be 18 years of age or older at the time of travel.

On top of a language-intensive structure, students will have myriad opportunities to participate in cultural activities including tea ceremony, Kabuki theater, calligraphy lessons, and an elementary school visit. The program also includes a group excursion to Kyoto and Hiroshima!


The program will be based at the IES Center in Tokyo, Japan. IES (The Institute for the International Education of Students) is a global, non-profit organization based in Chicago with nearly 30 programs in 15 countries. Since 1950, IES has provided students and U.S. colleges and universities with high-quality academic study abroad programs that foster intercultural development.

Located in the coastal town of Makuhari New City in Chiba Prefecture, the IES Center is just 30 minutes by commuter rail from the heart of Tokyo. It is situated next to the Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) campus, near public transportation, shopping and restaurants, a seaside park, and public amenities. With Japan's phenomenal public transportation, it's easy for students to take day trips to Yokohama, Nikko, Kamakura, and other fantastic cities in the greater Tokyo area. After the program concludes, many students have stayed on in Japan to take longer trips everywhere from Hokkaido to Okinawa!

Courses & Credits

Our goal is to provide the equivalent of one year of Japanese language study as well as an introduction to Japanese culture and society. The program, led by UNC Department of Asian Studies faculty member Yuki Aratake, will be of great benefit to any students who wish to achieve a solid foundation in Japanese language and deepen their general understanding of Japan.

The academics consist of an intensive Japanese language program which will meet for 4 hours every morning M-F offered at both the second and third year levels.The language courses will be supplemented with an organized cultural program intended to provide program participants with direct experience of social and cultural life in Tokyo and lots of opportunities to use their language skills.

Students will be awarded UNC graded credit for all coursework [students in second year Japanese during the program will receive 9 credits total for JAPN 203, JAPN 204, and ASIA 490 Japanese Conversation. Students in third-year Japanese will receive 9 credits total for JAPN 305, JAPN 306, and ASIA 490 Japanese Conversation. This program also fulfills the EE general education requirement! Students will be in classes with other program participants. All courses are taught in Japanese.

Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
UNC Graded Credit Programs (often taught by UNC Faculty): No action required
  • These courses automatically show up on your Tar Heel Tracker and UNC Transcript.
  • You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.


The students will be housed in private rooms in homestays in the Tokyo area, arranged by the IES Tokyo Center. Students will eat breakfast and dinner with their homestay families. Homestays are a wonderful way to both improve language skills and learn meaningfully about local culture and customs.

After students are accepted to the program, they will complete a homestay placement form that allows the student to list preferences regarding families with children, pets, etc. and any accommodations that may be needed. IES has an excellent relationship with families in the area (most families have hosted international students in previous summers) and works with students and families to determine the most fitting homestay placements.

Program Costs

This program is eligible for the Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the program are based on the cost of operating the program abroad and are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Tuition and fees will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.

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Application Process

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More Information

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/14/2018
03/14/2018 05/30/2018 07/22/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications