The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) program is intended for students who are 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. Many graduates occupy positions of leadership in their respective disciplines and professions.

The Center is the premier American program for the teaching of advanced Japanese and has provided language training to more than 2000 individuals. First established in Tokyo in 1963, the Center now resides in Yokohama, Japan with space, services, and various amenities provided by the municipal government. The program is governed by an Inter-University Governing Board of scholars representing fifteen universities with strong, established graduate programs in Japanese Studies.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Admissions are made without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual preference, disability, or religious affiliation.

The IUC immersion program in Yokohama provides indispensable career training for future leaders of the U.S.-Japan relationship.

Students enter with high-intermediate Japanese and Japan-focused career goals. They depart with the advanced skills to:

  • Read, write, and converse in Japanese on a par with educated adult speakers;
  • Understand and use the Japanese terminology of their chosen career specialties; and
  • Become leaders in their chosen fields.

IUC is the only program in the world that:

  • Focuses exclusively on advanced Japanese language training; and
  • Offers specialized language courses in seven disciplines: business, economics/politics, law, history, literature, anthropology and art.

DEADLINES: Mid-January of each year for the 10-Month Program; early-March of each year for the Summer Program and Summer Intensive Kanbun Program

The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program

The IUC is pleased to announce a fellowship program for graduate students with Japan-focused career goals in academia, business, diplomacy/government service, journalism, translation, and law, generously sponsored by the Nippon Foundation. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC 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 IUC senpai.

Nippon Foundation Fellows participate fully in the program of instruction at the IUC, and in addition they:

  • Meet regularly with each other and the IUC Resident Director to discuss their research interests and experiences in Japan;
  • Meet with distinguished IUC alumni at semiannual lectures held in Tokyo; and
  • Deliver a presentation in Japanese at a Nippon Foundation Fellows conference open to the public.

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DEADLINE: Early December of each year.

Please Note: It is not necessary to make a separate application to the IUC 10-Month Program. Applicants not selected for the Nippon Foundation Fellows Program will be automatically considered for admission to the 10-Month Program.

IUC Professional Tutorials

The IUC is pleased to announce a new program of custom-designed tutorials in advanced Japanese for scholars and professionals.

The purpose of this program is to support scholars who seek advanced language training (for specific research purposes or otherwise), and professionals who seek the highest level of Japanese fluency in support of their career goals.

The program is designed to enhance the linguistic skills of those who have already acquired proficiency in Japanese between the JLPT N2 and JLPT N1 level, at least.

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