The KJSE program combines Japanese language classes and cultural experiences including excursions in and around Kyoto, the ancient Japanese capital. During the program, you will have many chances to communicate in Japanese with native Japanese speakers, as KUFS undergraduate students take part in and support many aspects of the program.
Not yet. At present, KUFS only offers this program every year in summer.
You will study for approx. 30 hours in total through the program. Please note that the number of classes you have per day varies depending on the schedule for each day.
From beginner to advanced level. However, it is advisable to have basic knowledge of the Japanese language, such as knowing Hiragana and Katakana, before the program.
No. We welcome participants with any level of Japanese, though it is advisable to have basic knowledge of the Japanese language, such as knowing Hiragana and Katakana, before the program. There is no JLPT requirement.
There will be a placement test in the orientation.
Classes will take place on the KUFS campus. Activities will be held both on and off campus, depending on the activity.
Our teachers hold at least a Master's degree and have much experience teaching Japanese in higher education institutions.
All activities will be conducted in Japanese, but some form of English assistance will be available during most of the activities.
No. All activities and classes are for exclusively for program participants.
No. Participation in all activities is mandatory. Participants should arrive at the meeting place for each activity 10 minutes before the start time. In the case of illness, KJSE staff must be notified.
Yes, absolutely! The Enryakuji trip is designed to allow participants to experience life in Enryakuji and understand aspects of Japanese Buddhism. The aim of the program is certainly not to urge participants to convert to Buddhism. Please be aware, however, that the visit will include some practices related to Buddhism.
One of the previous participants commented after the trip: “It was a very good experience. It's enlightening to see how the Zen practice influenced Japanese culture greatly to make it so unique compared to other cultures.”
No, the accommodations are off-campus. KUFS arranges different accommodations every year. However, they are typically located near train stations/bus stops. The commute time is usually approx. 30 minutes.
Yes. You and your friend should select the “shared private flat plan” and request the same room.
No, no visitor is allowed to visit/stay in your accommodation.
No, we only offer accommodation-inclusive plans.
We accommodate participants in different accommodation every year. Below is information, for reference, about the facilities in the accommodation for last year's program.
|Facilities||Air conditioning, closet, gas stove, unit bathroom, coin laundry, bicycle and bicycle parking lot|
|Furnishings||Bedding||Single bed, mattress, quilt, pillow, and cover|
|Kitchen utilities||Dishes & utensils, stove, pot, frying pan, spatula, kitchen knife, rice scoop, bottle opener, cutting board, can opener and kitchen towel|
|Bath/Toilet utilities||Washbasin, bucket, soap box, face towel, and bath towel|
|Facilities||Air conditioning, washstand, telephone, refrigerator, washlet toilet
Shared Area: Auto-lock security, lift, canteen, kitchen, bike parking, and coin laundry
|Furnishings||Single bed, desk, chair, shelf, curtain, light, wardrobe, toilet and shower room|
* Please note that toilet rolls, towels, travel amenities are not provided. No Wi-Fi is available.
You will share your shared private flat with one or two other participants. KUFS has the right to determine the number of participants who will stay in each flat.
On the day of arrival you can move into your accommodation between 13:00 and 16:00- please make arrangements to arrive during this time. Student assistants will meet you at your accommodation to give you the key and explain the house rules.
The following services are recommended.
* Drop off at major points or train stations only.
You can leave your accommodation in the morning (leaving time will be announced later).
Yes. Please make sure your visa for Japan is valid during your planned schedule.
Generally, no classes and activities are conducted at the weekends. However, please keep the weekends free until the detailed schedule is confirmed. During the 2017 program, due to the schedule of the Gion Festival, classes were scheduled on one of the Saturdays.
No. Program participants are responsible for arranging their own travel insurance for the complete duration of the program. The insurance should cover the following coverage: medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation coverage, and personal liability coverage.
Program participants are responsible for any special medications and/or supplies that are regularly used.
There is no age limit. All high school students, undergraduate/ postgraduate students and working adults who have at least a high school diploma can apply for KJSE.
No. All you have to do is to submit your completed application form, a copy of your valid passport and an image of passport size photo.
You will be notified at the end of March 2018.
The payment link (credit card) will be emailed with the selection result within 15 days after the application deadline. If you prefer bank transfer, we can also email you the bank account details. Please note that all charges that are required for the transaction should be borne by the applicant.
Obtaining a VISA is your own responsibility. After we confirm your payment, we can issue a letter of admissions that is required for your VISA application upon request.
Yes, we can provide a full refund, if we receive the official visa refusal letter. Please be reminded that any charges required for remitting the refund should be borne by the participant.
Yes, a certificate of program completion will be issued by KUFS on the last day of classes if you complete KJSE. However, please note that this is not an academic certificate for future studies or employment.
Participants from Singapore, China, Korea, Myanmar, Australia, UK, and France attended KJSE in 2016. In 2017, we had participants from Singapore, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, and Canada.
16 participants took part in the 2016 program, and 21 took part in 2017.
* After applying, a reply message will be sent to your e-mail address. If you do not receive the email within five days after sending the form, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be informed of the admission results by email, accompanied with payment procedures if accepted.