Summer & Winter Schools

A short academic escapade over the break.

General Info

As these programmes are typically outside of your usual university curriculum, you would likely have to pay the programme fee in its entirety. Many of these fees often also include accommodation on top of the tuition fee. Apart from the short-term JASSO scholarship, there are also other scholarships such as MEXT for Japanese Studies majors and the JCCI Scholarship that may be applicable too. See the scholarships page for more information.

Credit Bearing

These are programmes organised during Summer and Winter breaks that are credit-bearing and can be mapped back to your home university. Many of these are language-based, with some universities offering a wide variety of courses in a full-scale summer school programme.

UTokyo Global Japan Studies Summer Program

UTokyo Global Japan Studies Summer Program

University of Tokyo

All Students

Jul

Application Period:

Jan-Mar

JPY 280,000 (Course, Accomodation, and Meals)

The Global Japan Studies Summer Programme explores Japan's post-war years. Consisting of interdisciplinary lectures, field trips, and language lessons, to give students a holistic understanding of the matter.

Waseda Summer Session

Waseda Summer Session

Waseda University

All Students (Completed at least 1 year of studies)

Jun-Jul

Application Period:

Mar

JPY 490,000 (2 Courses, Accommodation, Insurance, Field Trip, and Airport Pickup)

The Waseda Summer Session offers a broad range of classes from across all its faculties from business and arts, to the sciences. Check out their website for the full listing of courses.

Keio Summer Program

Keio Summer Program

Keio University

All Students (Completed at least 1 year of studies)

May-Jul

Application Period:

Feb

JPY 260,500 (Up to 8 Courses)

The Keio Summer Programme offers a variety of different courses across its various faculties. Check out the website for the full listing and syllabus.

Hokkaido Summer Institute

Hokkaido Summer Institute

Hokkaido University

All Students

Jun-Oct

Application Period:

Feb, Mar, & May

JPY 14,800 per course

The Hokkaido Summer Institute offers over 150 different courses across multiple faculties. Check out the website for the full listing.

Kyushu University Summer in Japan

Kyushu University Summer in Japan

Kyushu University

All Students

Jul

Application Period:

Feb

JPY 190,000 (Course, Accommodation, Field Trip, Homestay)

The Summer in Japan Programme involves students taking Introduction to Contemporary Japan, Japanese Language, and Field Studies. The programme also comes with a 2 week homestay experience as well as a one-on-one buddy system with a local student.

UTokyo Global Summer Program (IARU Courses)

UTokyo Global Summer Program (IARU Courses)

University of Tokyo

IARU Students Only (In SG, only NUS)

Jun-Jul

Application Period:

Nov-Jan

JPY 75,000 per course

The Global Summer Programme offers four different classes that each run 1-2 weeks. These are: Sustainable Urban Management, Japan in Today's World, Nanoscience, and Introduction to the Japanese Language.

Tokyo Tech Summer/Winter Program

Tokyo Tech Summer/Winter Program

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Science and Engineering Students Only (Completed at least 1 year of studies)

Jun-Aug, Nov-Feb

Application Period:

Nov-Jan, May-Jun

JPY 50,000 (3 Courses, Field Trips, and Cultural Activities)

The Tokyo Tech Summer/Winter Program involves students taking on a Research Project, Japan Studies course, a Japanese course and a variety of field trips.

Tohoku University Summer Programmes

Tohoku University Summer Programmes

Tohoku University

All Students

Jun-Aug

Application Period:

Feb-Mar

JPY 15,000-120,000 (Depends on course)

Tohoku University offers three programmes for summer.

Tohoku University Japanese Programme has two courses: Japanese Communication Program and Academic Japanese Program. A buddy from Tohoku University will also be assigned.

Tohoku University STEM Summer Program allows student insight across a variety of fields in science and technology, as well as multiple cultural immersion opportunities and industry field trips.

Tohoku University Engineering Summer Program is designed for Engineering students around lectures and hands-on experiences.

Waseda Short-term Japanese Program

Waseda Short-term Japanese Program

Waseda University

All Students

Jun-Jul, Dec-Jan

Application Period:

Jan, Aug

JPY 140,000 (3 credit Japanese course)

Waseda offers a short-term Japanese language school over both Summer and Winter, each with different number of credits and content. Check the website for more details.

Non-Credit Bearing

Non-credit programmes offered by Japanese universities that give students the opportunity to engage in research or to deep dive into Japanese language.

UTokyo Research Programmes

UTokyo Research Programmes

University of Tokyo

All Universities (STEM student targetted)

Jun-Jul

Application Period:

Feb-Mar

Various (Most programmes offer a scholarship for all participants)

The University of Tokyo offers a wide variety of research internship programmes whereby students are attached to a research lab over the summer to conduct research on a selected research topic or area.

Many of the programmes such as the University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP) and UTokyo Amgen Scholars Program, offer full scholarships to all participants. So check the full listing on the website for more details.

Kyoto University Amgen Scholars Program

Kyoto University Amgen Scholars Program

Kyoto University

All Universities

Jun-Jul

Application Period:

Nov-Feb

Covered by scholarship

The Kyoto University Amgen Scholars Program, launched in 2015, offers eight weeks of summer research experience.

Keio Short-Term Japanese Studies Program

Keio Short-Term Japanese Studies Program

Keio University

All Universities

Feb-Mar

Application Period:

Nov

JPY 50,000

The Keio Short-Term Japanese Studies Program (KJSP) to understand Japanese politics, economy, business, arts, and traditional and modern culture in addition to on-site activities where students can see and experience the things they learned in the classroom only hours before.

Japanese Language Program

Japanese Language Program

Waseda University

All Universities

Year Round

Application Period:

Feb. Oct

JPY 978,400 (MEXT Scholarship available for Japanese Studies students)

The Japanese Language Program, offered by the Center for Japanese Language at Waseda University, is a one-year or half-year program to study Japanese language intensively. Through various courses provided in different levels, skills and themes, students can study Japanese language according to their own abilities and goals.