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About the Program

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What makes KJSE special?

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.

Does KUFS have short programs in other seasons?

Not yet. At present, KUFS only offers this program every year in summer.

Classes

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How many hours will I study in KJSE?

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.

What levels are offered in KJSE?

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.

Do I need to have a good level of Japanese?

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.

How does KUFS assess my level of Japanese?

There will be a placement test in the orientation.

What is the medium of instruction in the classes?

Japanese.

Where will I study?

Classes will take place on the KUFS campus. Activities will be held both on and off campus, depending on the activity.

Who are the teachers?

Our teachers hold at least a Master's degree and have much experience teaching Japanese in higher education institutions.

Activities

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I am not confident that my Japanese is good enough to understand instructions, as my Japanese is at beginner's level.

All activities will be conducted in Japanese, but some form of English assistance will be available during most of the activities.

My friend/family member will visit me in Kyoto during KJSE. Can they participate in one of the activities or classes with me?

No. All activities and classes are for exclusively for program participants.

Can I skip activities that I do not want to attend?

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.

A trip to Enryakuji with an overnight stay is on the schedule. I believe in a religion other than Buddhism. Can I still attend this activity?

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.”

Accommodation

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Are the accommodations located on the campus?

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.

I would like to stay with my friend in the same flat. Can I request this?

Yes. You and your friend should select the “shared private flat plan” and request the same room.

My friend/family member will visit me in Kyoto during KJSE. Can I let them stay in my accommodation?

No, no visitor is allowed to visit/stay in your accommodation.

I do not need any accommodation. Is there any plan without accommodation?

No, we only offer accommodation-inclusive plans.

What are the facilities in the accommodation?

We accommodate participants in different accommodation every year. Below is information, for reference, about the facilities in the accommodation for last year's program.

Shared private flat

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

Private dormitory

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.

[Shared private flat plan]
How many participants will I share my shared private flat with?

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.

Travel / Arrival / Departure

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What happens on the Arrival Day (the first day of KJSE) ?

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.

How do I get to my accommodation from Kansai International Airport?

The following services are recommended.

Door to door shuttle service

Limousine bus

* Drop off at major points or train stations only.

What happens on the Departure Day (the last day of KJSE) ?

You can leave your accommodation in the morning (leaving time will be announced later).

Can I travel to other cities in Japan before/after KJSE?

Yes. Please make sure your visa for Japan is valid during your planned schedule.

Can I plan weekend trips during KJSE?

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.

Insurance / Medication and Medical Needs

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Is any insurance included in the program fees?

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.

Eligibility / Selection

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Is there an age limit?

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.

Will there be any interviews in the selection process?

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.

When will I know the selection result?

You will be notified at the end of March 2018.

Payment

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How do I pay the program fee?

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.

VISA

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I need a VISA to attend KJSE. How do I get a VISA?

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.

If I am refused a VISA to enter Japan, can I get a refund?

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.

Others

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Will a certificate be given after I complete KJSE?

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.

Is there any information about past participants' nationalities?

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.

How many participants took part in KJSE in the past?

16 participants took part in the 2016 program, and 21 took part in 2017.

Kyoto Japanese Summer Experience

Application Form

* 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 oips@kufs.ac.jp. Applicants will be informed of the admission results by email, accompanied with payment procedures if accepted.

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