Summer Program

This introduction is for international applicants.
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The University of Tokyo
Global Japan Studies Summer Program 2017


July. 29- Aug. 8, 2017

About the Program

Japan’s postwar period is most often described as four decades of high growth “economic miracle” followed subsequently by a prolonged recession dubbed “the lost two decades” (1990-present). Japan’s postwar, however, points to a far more complicated and ongoing process of social, cultural, and political changes, which this program is set to explore.

Participants will be immersed in a ten-day intensive program of 1), interdisciplinary academic lectures (in humanities, social sciences, and engineering), 2), carefully planned fieldtrips in Tokyo and surrounding areas, and 3), Japanese language lessons tailored to individual participant’s needs. Through a well-designed combination of on- and off-campus study, the program challenges participants to both critically analyze and actually experience sociological, political, and technological issues, such as environmentally sustainable urban planning and social stratification in relation to history and culture. These issues are key for understanding not only Japan’s postwar itself but also the larger world to which Japan is closely connected and of which Japan is intrinsically a part.

By the end of the program, participants will have

  1. gained a more nuanced understanding of Japan’s postwar as a complex and changing society;
  2. learned analytical skills with which to analyze social phenomena in Japan and other parts of the world;
  3. improved their Japanese language as a result of Japanese lessons and intermingling with Japanese students from the University of Tokyo;
  4. improved their intercultural communication skills as a result of collaboration in research projects and presentations with fellow students from different countries of the world.
  5. perhaps most important of all, you will have made a lot of friends from all over the world who will share your memory of summer 2017 in Tokyo!

Number of participants:
20 in total (approximately 15 undergraduate students from overseas universities, and 5 undergraduate students from the University of Tokyo).

Eligibility and Language requirements:
Undergraduate students currently enrolled in a university having student exchange agreement with the University of Tokyo, and whose GPA at the moment of application is 2.3 or above on a 3 point scale.
The summer program does NOT require submission of proof of English language proficiency such as TOEFL or TOEIC scores, but participants must have sufficient English proficiency to attend lectures and field trips in English and give presentations in English.
This program has NO Japanese language requirement. Knowledge of Japanese, however, will be helpful for your participation in the program. Japanese lessons are offered in the program.

Program requirements:

  1. Participants are required to conduct group research projects and give presentations on the final day of the program. Project topics shall be decided in consultation with program faculty members.
  2. Participants will also be required to complete a program evaluation paper.
While the program lecture and fieldtrip do not count toward course credits, participants will receive a University of Tokyo summer program certificate upon successfully completing the program.

Japanese language lessons:
Japanese lessons are offered by the Center for Japanese Language Education of the University of Tokyo. Japanese lessons are divided into three levels: beginner (no previous study experience), elementary (with more than 100 hours of study), intermediate (with 300-400 hours of study). Five Japanese lessons for each level, one lesson a day, are scheduled during the program and each lesson lasts 80 minutes. At the beginning of the program, participants’ level of Japanese will be assessed and they will be placed into appropriate classes.

Tuition and Fee:
JPY 260,000 (inclusive of accommodation, lunches and refreshments, exclusive of participants’ round-trip air fare and fieldtrip transportation expenses (bus and subway fares).
Please refer to the program website for detailed directions on how to make payment. Only online credit card payment is accepted.

We will book hotel for all international participants. International participants do not need make their own reservation.

Visa application:
It is the responsibility of applicants to apply for a visa to enter Japan. We will issue letter of acceptance or other documentation to assist your visa application. Not all countries need visa to enter Japan. Check with your university to find out if you need a visa. Visa application takes time. Please start your application as soon as possible.

Health insurance:
International participants will be covered by health insurance during the program period. The insurance premium is included in above-mentioned tuition and fees. No extra fee is required.

Financial Aid:
Summer program internatioanl applicants will be considered for scholarship. Scholarship decision will be made based on applicants' academic performance at their university and their suitability for the program. Scholarship results will be announced and scholarship disbursed to awarded participants after the program starts.



Required application materials:

  1. one 3-page double-spaced essay in English outlining why you are interested in this program and what you want to learn from it;
  2. C. V. and
  3. your most updated and official transcripts issued by your university.

How to apply:
To apply, please go to program’s online application portal
All applications should be submitted at this portal. No paper submission is accepted.


Application Deadline:
April 24, 2017 (Mon.), 23:59 Japan Standard Time
Start working on your application as early as you can. We can’t guarantee that late submissions will be considered.


What happens after you applied:
The program committee will carefully evaluate the entire dossier of every application before making decision on admission and financial aid. Acceptance decisions will be announced in early May to all applicants. Accepted participants are required to make credit card payment of tuition and fee to the University of Tokyo by May 22, 2017 (Mon.), 23:59 Japan Standard Time.
In case of cancellation of participation after payment, you will be refunded the amount of JPY 260,000 (exchange rate at the time of refunding will apply). However, a cancellation fee may apply.

For reference, please see 2016 summer program report and participants feedback


Program Host Institution: Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia
Program Organizer: Global Japan Studies (GJS) Research Network
Program Committee Advisers: Prof. SONODA Shigeto, Prof. NAKAJIMA Takahiro
Secretariat: Prof. NII Yoko, Prof. ZHONG Yijiang

Prof. NII Yoko (person in charge)
Tel: (81)3-5841-5891
Fax: (81)3-5841-5898

Global Japan Studies

The Global Japan Studies at the University of Tokyo is an interdisciplinary and multilingual network of research and education on Japan. It seeks to bring together Japanese studies overseas and studies of Japan within Japan.