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International Christian University Summer Language Program

Language of Instruction: Japanese
Term: Summer

Enjoy studying Japanese in the stimulating environment of International Christian University for a summer term

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Please be advised that undergraduate participation in study abroad programs offered by institutions outside of Columbia University (Columbia-approved) are suspended through August 1, 2021.This includes the program on this webpage. For alternative summer opportunities offered by UGE, please see here:


Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ) at International Christian University (ICU) is an intensive six-week program. SCJ aims to provide a stimulating environment so that you are able to increase your understanding of the Japanese language and culture.


ICU provides Japanese language courses at various levels, based on your knowledge of the language. Students are able to participate even if they have never formally learned Japanese prior to arrival. The program is six weeks in length. You take a placement exam to determine which course you enroll in throughout the summer.

Program Features

In addition to language learning, a non-credit bearing culture program is offered to further your understanding of the language, culture and people of Japan. The culture program includes both on-campus and off-campus activities, such as a tea ceremony, zen mediation, and the National Kabuki Theater. All culture program activities are scheduled in the afternoon. ICU’s on-campus dormitory is a three story shared-living coeducational dormitory consisting of common living and dining areas and separate living pods, each with twin rooms.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, First Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Asia and the Pacific

Dates & Deadlines

Program not open to Columbia U students for summer 2020