Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (Yokohama, Japan)

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) offers an intensive, 10-month program of study in advanced spoken and written Japanese. It is the leading institution for training graduate students in Japanese and equipping them for further research. The IUC is sponsored by 16 North American universities (BYU, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Univ British Columbia, Univ Calif Berkeley, Univ Calif Los Angeles, Chicago, Univ of Hawaii, Univ of Illinois, Univ of Michigan, Univ Southern Calif, Univ of Washington, Yale Univ; in Association With Wash Univ in St. Louis) and administered by Stanford University.

UBC is a member of the consortium, which enables a reduced tuition and better access to funding. The deadline for the ten-month program is December 9 if you wish to be considered for a Nippon Foundation fellowship. Those interested in applying are encouraged to contact Christina Laffin at

10-Month Program:

Qualified candidates from any institution are invited to apply. Undergraduates, graduates, and professionals who have completed two years or more training in a rigorous college-level Japanese language training program, or the equivalent, are eligible. The 10-month program is intended for students embarking on careers in Japanese studies or a profession in which fluent Japanese is necessary. The program is designed to bring each participant to a level of proficiency sufficient for academic or professional use. Training focuses on development of the ability to converse in Japanese on specialized subjects, to comprehend and deliver public presentations, and to read and write materials in Japanese in order to function professionally in academia, business, government, and other fields. Guaranteed $7,000 tuition scholarship for consortium member students. IUC tuition scholarships available for all eligible candidates.

The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program:

Advanced Japanese language training for graduate students with Japan-focused career goals in academia, business, diplomacy/government service, journalism, and law. Aims to provide the most promising students with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange among them and with their senpai. Full tuition and modest living stipend included.

Summer Program(s):

7-Week Summer Session (with guaranteed $600 tuition scholarship for consortium member students), Intensive Summer Kanbun Program (3 weeks), IUC Professional Tutorials (by arrangement).

For program details and applications, visit the IUC web page at

Those interested in applying are encouraged to contact Christina Laffin at