Parfaits in Japan

Princeton in Ishikawa

Language of Instruction: Japanese
Term: Summer

Enroll in Japanese language courses to enhance your language learning.

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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:


The program offers you an excellent opportunity to enhance your language skills and understanding of Japanese culture while enabling you to serve as an ambassador to Japan. Throughout the summer, you live with local families to ensure language immersion.


You enroll in Japanese courses at the intermediate or advanced level, which is considered second and third year Japanese, respectively. In eight weeks, the Princeton in Ishikawa (PII) program covers the curricular equivalent of one academic year of Japanese language study at Princeton University. It is a high-quality intensive program taught by qualified instructors with vast experience.

Program Features

You live in a carefully selected homestay family for the most linguistic and cultural immersion possible. In order to preserve the ideal language-learning environment, you are required to sign a pledge stating that you will use only Japanese when inside the academic building and during a wide-variety of extra-curricular activities.


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:
Language Requirement:
2 semesters of language, or equivalent
Asia and the Pacific

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020