This program provides Japanese language and culture courses, for students from institutions that have an exchange agreement with Kanazawa University.
February 9 (Fri.) – February 22 (Thu.), 2024 (2 weeks)
Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements.
- be currently enrolled in the undergraduate/graduate program at the partner universities of Kanazawa University;
- be in good academic standing;
- have a clear purpose for study abroad as well as full intention to devote themselves to academic and other cultural activities;
- go back to their home institutions and continue their education after finishing the program;
- be able to obtain appropriate visa status in Japan, and
- be proficient in English (CEFR B2 level) and have studied the Japanese language for more than two years.
Dormitory of Kanazawa University
Participation Fee（students can use the JASSO Scholarship）
・Dormitory of Kanazawa University
Other Fee（students cannot use the JASSO Scholarship）
・International and domestic travel to and from the Kakuma Campus, Kanazawa University
・Travel Insurance (Students must be covered by travel insurance throughout the program.)
※Tuition 14,800 yen per credit (Tuition fees are not collected within the range of the number of students stated in the memorandum of agreement.)
Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO) Scholarship – JPY 80,000
Up to 10 participants in the program belonging to the institutions that have concluded a Memorandum on Student Exchange with Kanazawa University and have the nationality of the countries or regions that have diplomatic relations with Japan will be paid a monthly stipend if accepted as a JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship grantee. (Note: Students from Taiwan are also considered eligible. Students who have Japanese citizenship are NOT eligible.)
APPLICATION FOR KU-SSP 2023
Step 1: Fill out the application form (download here) and prepare additional documents below.
- Official or unofficial transcript from the applicant’s home institution (1 copy, PDF format)
- ID photo (1 copy, 3cm x 4cm, JPEG or other digital format)
- Photocopy of the ID page of the applicant’s passport (1 copy, PDF format)
- Proof of Japanese or English Proficiency (or a letter of recommendation issued by a specialist in language education) (1 copy, PDF format)
- Certificate of overseas travel insurance which covers full medical expenses in Japan
- A faculty recommendation letter signed by the Dean or Vice Dean with particular information needs to be included. Please see the last slide for detailed information about it
- Legalized latest transcripts (GPA ≥ 3.2)
- Statement letter of willingness not to leave the country if the faculty does not give permission
- Written approval letter of departure from parents
Step 2: Submit the completed application materials to the international office of the home institution. Note that Kanazawa University only accepts applications through the applicant’s home institution. Application by an individual student will not be processed.
Step 3: The applicant’s home institution will send the application materials to Kanazawa University by the following deadline:
Application materials are available online at the Organization of Global Affairs website (https://kuglobal.w3.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/eg/sie/program/). Note that applications individually submitted by students will not be accepted.
This program offers a Japanese language course and a culture course. In the Japanese language course, students will develop communication skills for everyday life in Japan.
In the culture course, students will learn the Calendar system and Time culture in the history of Japan. This course will be conducted in Japanese, and it has two parts: the on-campus part and the off-campus part. In the former, students will study how the ancient Calendar system was introduced to Japan from China and how it went through changes in the history of Japan. Moreover, they will learn about the changes in Japanese people’s recognition of Time in history.
In the off-campus part of the culture course, students will visit several spots and facilities in Kanazawa, where antique and modern cultures coexist. Through this activity, they will find both the historical Calendar and the Time culture still alive in this city. After these activities, students will select one topic and do research on it based on which they will give a presentation while introducing the recognition of Calendar and Time in their own culture.
Sample topics for the culture course:
- Visit cultural heritage and temples
- Visit to museums and other cultural facilities
- Research on Kanazawa’s traditional spots
- Discussions and presentations in class