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Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline Decision Date & Deadline Note Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/15/2017
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Admissions decisions for Columbia Programs will be sent approximately 3 to 4 weeks after the application deadline.

Columbia students applying to external programs should check with the program itself for an admissions timeline.

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NOTE: KCJS is still accepting applications for 3rd and 4th year Japanese on a rolling admissions basis until March 15th!

** Internal Columbia deadlines may be different from program application deadlines. Be sure to check with your chosen program or school to confirm any external deadlines.

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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese Program Type: Columbia Administered Program
Program Advisor:
Robin Leephaibul: rl2705@columbia.edu Eligibility - Home School: Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Graduate Students, Columbia SEAS, Visiting Students - Graduate, Visiting Students - Undergraduate
Summer Program: Columbia Summer Program Discipline: Foreign Language Learning
Program Description:

Overview - KCJS Summer Programs in Modern and Classical Japanese

The six or eight-week KCJS Summer Programs in Modern and Classical Japanese offers intensive training in modern and classical Japanese for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students who have completed at least one, two, three or four years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent. You will be able to enroll in small classes, participate in excursions and cultural activities as well as choose from a variety of housing options. The Modern Japanese Program runs from late-May to late-July. The Classical Japanese Program runs from early-June to late-July.
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Program Eligibility
  • Open to undergraduates and graduate students in good academic standing. Recent graduates may also apply.
  • For Second Year Japanese: must have completed one year of college-level Japanese or the equivalent.
  • For Third Year Japanese: must have completed two years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent.
  • For Fourth Year and above & Classical Japanese: must have completed three years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent.
  • For Fifth Year Japanese: must have completed four years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Minimum 3.0 average GPA in Japanese language courses.
For more information, please visit the KCJS Summer website.

KCJS Summer Programs Flyer

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The Consortium Fushiminari

Established in September 1989, the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) is a consortium of 13 American universities that sponsors a rigorous, semester and academic year program for undergraduates who wish to do advanced work in Japanese language and cultural studies.

Consortium Members:
Boston University, Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University/Barnard College, Cornell University, Emory University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania,  Princeton University, Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University in association with the University of Virginia.

The KCJS welcomes applications from students outside the consortium.

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Academics

Students should be prepared to meet the challenges of an intensive language program where one year's worth of language instruction is condensed into eight weeks. Classes meet three hours daily Monday through Friday. Class size for Intermediate and Advanced Japanese is limited to approximately 6-8 students per section. Classical Japanese is taught in English, and the class size is approximately 11-13 students. A Columbia University transcript is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

NOTE: Students will need to complete a language placement exam at their home institution upon completion of the program to confirm enrollment in future language courses.

Courses 
Students enroll in one of the following courses:

Japanese O4201 - O4202. Second YearJapanese. 8 points
Prerequisite: One year of college-level Japanese of the equivalent.
The 2nd year Japanese program (8 credits or 2 semesters) is designed for those who have completed at least one year of college-level Japanese or the equivalent (around 150 hours of Japanese study). Students who want to take this course are expected to be at least at the Novice-High level of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines at the beginning of the course.

For a more detailed description, please follow the links provided below:
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Novice: Speaking | Writing | Listening | Reading
(see the section of “NOVICE HIGH”)

This class will cover entire Genki II (The Japan Times) during the first four weeks. In the last four weeks, we will cover first 5 chapters of Hiyaku (Routledge).

The goal of this course is to achieve Intermediate-Mid level or higher proficiency according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Upon successful completion of the course, the students will:

have a command of basic Japanese grammar and vocabulary (equivalent to JLPT N5-N4);
be able to communicate with others effectively in Japanese in familiar situations/about familiar topics at a sentence-level;
understand written texts about familiar topics related to everyday life and personal interests in Japanese.

Syllabus for 2nd Year Japanese

Accelerated Second Year Japanese
This class caters to qualified students from schools with intensive and fast-paced language curriculum. We will cover Chapters 19 to 23 of Genki II (The Japan Times) and move on to Hiyaku (Routledge) up to Chapter 7 or 8.

Japanese O4205 - O4206. Third year Japanese. 8 points
Prerequisite: Two years of college-level Japanese of the equivalent.

The 3rd Year Japanese program (8 credits/2 semesters) is designed for those who have completed at least two years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent (around 300 hours of Japanese study). Students who want to take this course are expected to be at least at the Intermediate-Mid level of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines at the beginning of the course.

For a more detailed description, please follow the links provided below:
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Intermediate: Speaking | Writing | Listening | Reading
(see the section of “INTERMEDIATE MID”)

The textbook, Tobira (Kuroshio), will be used alongside authentic materials such as newspapers, novels, and TV programs. In 2017, we plan to cover Chapters 5 through 15 in Tobira in the first four weeks and use authentic materials for the last four weeks of the course (subject to change).

The goal of this course is to achieve Intermediate-High or above of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Upon successful completion of the course, the students will:

have a command of intermediate-level grammar and vocabulary (equivalent to JLPT N3-N2);
understand both spoken and written Japanese correctly about a variety of topics;
be able to express his/her opinions at the paragraph level in socially appropriate manner.

Syllabus for 3rd Year Japanese

Japanese O4217- O4218. Fourth Year Japanese. 8 points
Prerequisite: Three years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent.
The 4th Year Japanese and Above program is designed for those who have completed at least three years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent (around 450 hours of Japanese study). The students who want to take this course are expected to be at the Intermediate-High level or above of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines at the beginning of the course. Please note that depending on the results of the placement test, the students may be placed in a different level than they apply for.

For a more detailed description, please follow the links provided below:
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Intermediate: Speaking | Writing | Listening | Reading
(see the section of “INTERMEDIATE HIGH”)
 
Authentic materials such as newspaper, novels, and TV news will be used alongside Donna toki Doo tsukau Nihongo Hyoogen Bunkei 500 (ALC) and Kanji in Context (The Japan Times). In addition, the students will have the opportunity to pursue an individualized project based on their own interests and give a presentation about their project at the end of the program.
 
The goal of this course is to achieve Advanced-Low or above of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Upon successful completion of the course, the students will:
  • understand more abstract and complicated ideas presented in both speaking and writing;
  • be able to participate in discussions about a variety of topics;
  • be able to narrate and describe effectively and at length.

Japanese O4221- O4222. Fifth Year Japanese. 8 points
Prerequisite: Four years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent.

The 5th Year Japanese (8 credits/ 2 semesters) is designed for those who have completed at least four years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent. The students who want to take this course are expected to be at the Advanced-Low level or above of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines at the beginning of the course. Please note that depending on the results of the placement test, the students may be placed in a different level than they apply for.

For a more detailed description, please follow the links provided below:
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Advanced: Speaking | Writing | Listening | Reading
(see the section of “ADVANCED LOW”)

Authentic materials such as newspaper, novels, and TV news will be used alongside Donna toki Doo tsukau Nihongo Hyoogen Bunkei 500 (ALC) and Kanji in Context (The Japan Times). In addition, the students will have the opportunity to pursue an individualized project based on their own interests and give a presentation about their project at the end of the program.

The goal of this course is to achieve Advanced-Mid or above of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Upon successful completion of the course, the students will:

understand with ease abstract and complicated ideas presented in both speaking and writing;
be able to contribute to conversations on variety of topics with much accuracy, clarity and precision;
be able to narrate and describe by providing a full account, with good control of aspect;
be able to handle successfully and with relative ease the linguistically challenging situation or communicative task.

Syllabus for 5th Year Japanese
Sample List of Course Materials

Japanese O4207- O4208. Classical Japanese. 8 points
Prerequisite: Three years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent.
Classical Syllabus Summer 2015

Classical Japanese was in use from the Heian period through the early 20th century, and traces of it remain even in modern Japanese. This course gives a systematic introduction to the grammar of classical Japanese through readings in literary works of the Heian, medieval, and Edo periods.By the end of the course, which is equivalent to a full year of study in the US, students will be able to read classical Japanese with a dictionary, have a deeper understanding of the grammar and structure of modern Japanese, and become skilled at using Japanese-Japanese dictionaries. The course also introduces the basics of reading cursive script and hentaigana, the variant forms of kana found in premodern manuscripts and printed books.

Note: The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.

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Academic Calendar

Modern Japanese Program (2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th year Japanese tracks) - Summer 2017
 
Students arrive May 24
Orientation May 25
Placement test May 26
Start of classes May 29
Midterm exam June 22
Overnight trip June 23-24
No class July 17
Last day of classes July 18
Study day July 19
Final exam July 20
Final presentations, final ceremony July 21


Classical Japanese Program - Summer 2017
 
Students arrive June 7
Orientation June 8
First day of class June 9
Overnight trip June 23-24
No class July 17
Final exam & closing ceremony July 21

* Dates will be confirmed upon acceptance to the program.

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Host Institution

KCJS is based at the Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University located just north of the Imperial Palace in the center of Kyoto. The KCJS Doshishahas program of es, classrooms, a student lounge, and a library, and its students have access to other Doshisha facilities.
Founded in 1875, Doshisha University is renowned as a prominent private educational institution with a long history of tradition in Japan. It is comprised of 11 faculties, 31 departments, the Center for Japanese Language and Culture, and 13 graduate schools including two professional graduate schools, and has a student body of over 26,000 students. Because of its commitment to internationalization, Doshisha has been designated as one of 30 national centers for global education by the Japanese government.

 


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Faculty and Staff

Resident Director:

Mark Lincicome is KCJS Resident Director and earned his MA and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He has been a member of the Department of History and the Asian Studies Program at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts since 1991. His courses range across all periods of Japanese history; he also teaches survey courses on pre-modern and modern Asia, as well as on European and American intercourse with the larger Asia-Pacific region. Before joining the Holy Cross faculty he served as Associate Director of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and as Executive Director of the Japan America Society of Chicago.

Professor Lincicome is the author of two books on the history of educational thought, politics and policy in modern Japan, as well as journal articles and book chapters on topics ranging from education, to identity formation, to globalization. His current research project is a comparative study of the development of Japanese and Australian conceptions of “Asia” and their relationship to “Asia” between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries.
 
Summer Academic Director:

Itsuko Nakamura serves as the Academic Director of KCJS Summer Programs in Modern and Classical Japanese. Nakamura-sensei joined KCJS in 2007. She received a B.A. in Asian Studies from New York University and an M.A. and Ed.M in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College Columbia University. She taught previously at New York University, Trinity College, Mount Holyoke College, Harvard University.

Additional on site staff members in Kyoto include:
  • Fusako Shore, Assistant Director
  • Miyuki Nishimata Fukai, Japanese Language Program Coordinator
  • Tazuko Wada, Housing Coordinator
  • Yoshiko Hollstein, Financial Coordinator
  • Michiko Nakanishi, Librarian

For a complete list of Japanese language instructors and on-site staff, please visit the main KCJS website: http://www.kcjs.jp/about/faculty_staff.html.

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Activities and Trips

Drum photo Course-related field trips, guest lectures, and cultural activities are organized to provide opportunities for students to strengthen their language skills and deepen their understanding of Japanese language, history, and culture.
Activities have included hands-on cultural activities in small groups including: sushi making, zazen, tea ceremony, calligraphy,flower arrangement, origami, Japanese traditional dance, and a workshop on wadaiko (traditional Japanese drums).

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Grade Reports and Transcripts

Columbia students: Your grades will appear on your transcript in the same way that your grades appear for courses taken at Columbia. Your grades from the program are calculated into your GPA.

Visiting students (including Barnard): To request a transcript, log in to your Columbia Student Services Online (SSOL) account after your grades have been submitted. You do not need to wait for all of your grades to be reported in order to request a transcript. However, if you request a transcript before all of your grades have been submitted, you will need to request additional transcripts once all grades are submitted.

You will be able to request transcripts using this system for about a year after the end of your program. After that, you will need to go through the Columbia Registrar to request transcripts: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/registrar/docs/alumni/transcripts.html There are no fees for additional transcripts.

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Housing in Kyoto

The KCJS Summer Programs in Modern and Classical Japanese offer students two housing options: For additional details about these options, please visit the main KCJS summer website.

All housing is off campus, so you will commute to Doshisha University via public transportation, on foot, or by bicycle, depending upon the location of your lodging. You will be responsible for your own transportation expenses.

Note: Those who are enrolled in the second or third year Japanese programs are strongly recommended to select a homestay with a Japanese family in order to maximize opportunities to converse in Japanese.

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Finances

Click on the "Budget Sheets: Summer" link above for program costs.


Financial Aid and Funding
Check with your home school's department, study abroad office, or scholarship office to see if any other scholarships are available to you.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS)
Find out who administers the summer FLAS program at your home school. For Columbia/Barnard students, the FLAS Fellowship competition is open to undergraduates and graduate students, including Ph.D. candidates, who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents. Undergraduates must be applying to study the third year level of the language or above.

Ishizuka Global Fellowship in East Asian Studies
This grant has been created to provide funding assistance for current Columbia College students on financial aid who wish to study abroad during the summer in Asia.  Preference shall be given first to students engaged in the study of Japanese language and culture and second, to students engaged in the study of other East Asian languages and cultures, but whose research and interests include Japan.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Created to assist U.S. undergraduate students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only) with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 U.S. students over the next two academic years (2016-17, 2017-18), with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad.
Prospective students should visit the Freeman-ASIA website (http://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia#.V9brxzWPuSZ) for eligibility requirements, full application instructions and a list of deadlines.

KCJS Summer Scholarship
KCJS awards limited need-based scholarships.  The number and amount of awards vary depending on the pool of applicants, and awards usually range between $500 and $2,000. Download a KCJS Summer Scholarship Application.

David L. Boren Scholarship
Summer-only programs must be eight (8) weeks or more and are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematics students.

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000. Undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at two-year or four-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.
Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship with a total possible award of up to $8,000.

Shirato Fund for Japanese Language Study
The Shirato Fund Scholarships will provide two $2,000 scholarships to undergraduates and graduate students accepted to Columbia-approved intensive Japanese-language study programs for the summer. Please note that awardees will be required to take a Japanese course upon their return to Columbia in the fall; to submit a short report on your use of the scholarship; and to give a presentation at the study abroad information session about the language program in which you participate. Contact Fumiko Nazikian for more info.

Weatherhead East Asian Institute Funding for Columbia Students
Columbia University's WEAI offers funding for research, language acquisition, unpaid internships, and dissertation write-up during the summer and academic year to selected Columbia students committed to professional and academic engagement with East and Southeast Asia. Eligibility varies depending on the particular funding opportunity. Graduate Students Columbia PhD students who wish to use the summer tuition credit must apply directly to GSAS. The instructions and guidelines for this award can be found at the following website: http://gsas.columbia.edu/content/summer-tuition-credit
If there is a comprehensive Program Fee that covers both tuition and housing, please note that you will be responsible for paying out of pocket the portion that is attributed to housing. The summer tuition credit only covers tuition and not housing. 
Graduate students from other schools should check with their home schools and their departments for funding. 

Summer Language Fellowship for International Students
The Summer Language Fellowship for International Students supports international Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences who need to study a foreign language (applies to all languages) abroad during the summer. GSAS will endow summer fellowships with a maximum award of $3,000. Students can apply online (https://fellowships-apply.gsas.columbia.edu/apply/) and the deadline is March 4, 2016. Contact gsas-finaid@columbia.edu with questions.

Other Resources:
    http://www.studyabroadfunding.com/
    http://www.finaid.org
    http://www.iefa.org/ 
 
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Withdrawal & Refund Policy

A student in good academic standing who is not subject to discipline may be permitted to withdraw at any time. Withdrawal is defined as the dropping of one's entire program in a given term as opposed to dropping a portion of one's program. Any student withdrawing must notify the Resident Director in writing; failure to attend classes or notification to instructors does not constitute formal withdrawal and will result in failing grades in all courses. Any adjustment of the tuition that the student has paid is calculated from the date on which the Resident Director receives the student's written notification. Only tuition is refunded. Fees (application, transcript, housing, etc.) are never refunded, either in full or in part. All students who withdraw will be charged a $75.00 withdrawal fee.

Withdrawal and Adjustment of Fees

For the summer term, the refund schedule is as follows:
Withdrawals processed will be refunded
1st week 100%
2nd week 60%
3rd week 50%
After 3rd week 0%

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Student Experiences

Quotes from alumni about their experiences
 
I learned a lot of new skills and I think I am getting better at communicating with local Japanese. I am actually a little bit surprised that after these two months I am able to understand most of what Japanese people say to me.

My conversation partner was great and helped me improve my Japanese. Interacting with Japanese students helped with my communication skills.

I had a wonderful time in this class, and I have learned much more than I thought was possible in 8 weeks. Coming here has only strengthened my resolve to one day come here for even longer and continue studying Japanese.

I was surprised at how I was able to hold conversations at my level [with my conversation partner].

I think this was the best learning experience in Japanese I've had.

Sensei was extremely helpful and encouraging. Sensei took into account our individual strengths, weaknesses, and personalities, which was great.

Because of the class, I felt like my Japanese improved and the rigor of the assignments has prepared me to continue studying Japanese.

Nara and Taiko were perhaps the highlights, as well as learning about Gion Matsuri while in Kyoto.

The Taiko experience was probably the most fun because the Taiko group had great personalities and everyone was having fun. The Nara ryokan was one-of-a-kind experience. I liked how we were able to go about freely.


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Contact Information

Office of Global Programs
606 Kent Hall
Columbia University
1140 Amsterdam, Mail Code 3948
New York, NY 10027-6902
212-854-2559
Fax: 212-854-5164
ogp@columbia.edu

In the event of an emergency after office hours, please contact Columbia University Emergency at 212-854-5555 or Columbia University Security at 212-854-2796. If you are unsure about which office to call, contact the New York office first.

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies
Doshisha University, 2F Fusokan
Karasuma Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori
Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8580
Tel: 075-251-4995 (+81-75-251-4995)
Fax: 075-229-6300 (+81-75-229-6300)
Email: fs2244@columbia.edu

KCJS Board Contact Information
If you are from a KCJS school and have any questions before applying to the program, please feel free to contact a KCJS board member from your school.

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