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Senshu Summer Program

Senshu University's Japanese Language and Culture Summer Program offers an intensive Japanese language & culture learning experience, running for 7 weeks from mid June to early August.

Classes are offered at a variety of levels from elementary to intermediate, in small classes of 6-12 students. Classes will involve afternoon field trips with Senshu instructors and the program also offers a unique 3-day homestay option.

Key information


Tokyo, Japan


English, Japanese



Program type


Application information

Application status


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Summer 2024 applications

Priority deadline: January 10, 2024


University-specific additional requirements

Applicants do not need a reference. Min GPA 2.5

Summer 2025 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Student experience

This Shinjuku alleyway hidden in the large shopping district has been purposefully maintained to feel like 1960s Tokyo.

Liam McConnell

Program details

The Japanese Language and Culture Program (JLC) is predominately a language intensive program, offering five levels from elementary to advanced. Students will take language classes every morning, and the cultural aspects of the program will be planned for various afternoons throughout the program.

For the 7-week Summer program, you can expect to earn  6 UCalgary units (2 HCE). 

The summer JLC program runs for 7 weeks from June 16-August 4 2023 (2024 dates not yet set).

Senshu also offers Fall, Winter, and full-year exchange options!

Note: If you plan to go on any spring GSP in Japan, please speak with the exchange advisor before applying!

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. You'll need to budget about 129,500 JPY for accommodation & other fees (e.g to cover textbooks, field trips, etc.) in addition to your UCalgary tuition for 2 courses. The optional 3-day Home Visit is an additional 25,600 JPY(approx.). Senshu recommends budgeting 60,000 JPY to 100,000 JPY per month for food, travel, and entertainment, but be aware that some places in Japan only accept cash. 

    Please see the Estimated Program Costs page for updated costs for the Summer session. Please note that you will not be assessed tuition fees at Senshu as you will pay tuition here. Also, remember to include things like food, visas, insurance, flights, and vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.

    Tokyo cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.

Students will live at Senshu International House ("i-House), that comes equipped with WiFi and bedding (pillows/sheets/blankets, but not towels). While there is not a meal plan, it does have kitchen facilities (with fridge, microwave, toaster ovens, electric rice cookers, and dishes/cutlery). There are also a variety of cafeterias on campus, and fast-food outlets at nearby Mukogaoka-yuen Station. Washers/dryers (and steam irons) are also located on each floor, and cost approx. 200 yen per load. There are also study rooms available. Alcohol and smoking in the dorms are prohibited.

June/July can sometimes be rainy in Tokyo, so make sure to pack an umbrella, raincoat, and waterproof shoes in addition to other climate-appropriate clothing. Average temps range from 18-31 degrees over June to August, with an average monthly rainfall of about 168mm. 

Cultural Immersion:
Japanese students who are residence assistants also live in the dorm. In order to facilitate cross-cultural interactions, Senshu tries to pair each student with a local Japanese student as a roommate, however they cannot always guarantee it. It's recommended to bring pictures, school-related goods (like UCalgary Swag), and other items typical in Canada to share. It may also be recommended to bring a voice recorder (or have an app on your phone), athletic shoes for the gym, a bathing suit for the pool, and formal or semi-formal attire for the welcome and farewell parties. 

There is an option to do a three day homestay with a local Japanese family as well (it's recommended to bring small gifts from Canada for your host family). 

Student Tips: "I stayed at Senshu International House. The building was quite new and there was lots of space outside the rooms. The rooms were a little small but the location was right on the campus so it was good. Basic amenities were provided, such as bedding, dishes and such. Things that had to be bought were things such as laundry detergent and towels. The building had internet and such, but amenities such as the gym were on campus. We were expected to arrange food ourselves, however there were multiple cafeterias on campus. There was also a 7-11 nearby that is 24 hours with food. [In terms of security] there was always staff on the residence. 2 Office staff during the day, and security guards after office hours."

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Japanese 205 is recommended, though it is not required. Students are expected to know hiragana before beginning the program.

Important Visa Info: Japanese citizens must travel on their Japanese passport.

What's unique about Senshu and the Summer JLC Program?

Senshu University also hosts our Japanese Language and Culture Group Study program (the Spring session)!

The JLC Summer program is run at the Ikuta campus in Kawasaki, a suburb of Tokyo. The program emphasizes small class sizes (average of 10 students) for personalized learning, culturally-rich activities, and the opportunity to live in a new residence building alongside Japanese roommates. 

Because the JLC program is less than 3 months long, students are eligible to purchase the JR pass before they leave for unlimited travel on all JR train lines!

The program incorporates great cultural field trips and cultural experiences, from learning traditional calligraphy, participating in a Tea ceremony, attending a Kabuki Theatre performance, visiting Kamakura (large Buddha statue), to museum visits like Ghibli Museum and the Edo-Tokyo Museum.  

What resources are available for incoming students?

Senshu's library in Building 9 has over 4 floors and 1,000,000 books in a variety of languages, and offers the opportunity to watch DVD movies, or listen to CDs. On the 4th floor of the building there is also a computer center with 2200 computers available for use. The International Center is located on the 5th floor of this building and supports students with a variety of information and support. 

The campus also has a number of budget-friendly cafeterias, as well as a gym (located next to Building 9). The gym has a weight/training room, basketball courts, ping-pong tables, a swimming pool, and an indoor track.  

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The exchange advisor for this program is: Flavien Niederst

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.