Japanese Language and Culture in an Immersion Setting
Take your Japanese skills to the next level.
This program has been cancelled for physical travel. Please explore the new virtual program on the following webpage.
Discover all that Japan has to offer! From delicious ramen and sashimi, to the coexistence of cutting-edge technology and rich cultural traditions… This program offers participants an immersive cultural experience through studying at Senshu University (located near Tokyo, Japan) and spending two nights with a homestay family.
Participants will have the opportunity to experience different teaching/leaning methods and will have various opportunities to meet local students as the host university offers classroom and after-class volunteers. The Senshu University campus and dormitory is situated very close to the centre of Tokyo, about 20 minutes by train, yet the campus is adjacent to a large forest park with many trails. Participants will be able to visit museums, exhibitions and other attractions in Tokyo as well as enjoying nature trails and gardens nearby.
This program is open to students from all majors. See the Eligibility section below for more details.
Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.
Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.
Students on this program are required to enroll in three courses:
JPNS 309.01:Japanese Culture Studies in an Immersion Setting (3 units)
JPNS 310: Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting I (3 units)
JPNS 312:Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting II (3 units)
JPNS 309.01: Consent of the instructor
JPNS 310: JPNS 207 and consent of the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures
JPNS 312: Consent of the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures
Pre departure activities (Pre-departure session may be delivered remotely depending on circumstances.)
January 18: 6:00-7:30pm
February 8: 6:00-7:30pm
February 22: 5:00-7:00pm
March 8: 6:00-7:30pm
March 22: 6:00-7:30pm
May 1: 9:00am-3:00pm
May 3: 1:00-5:00pm
May 1 & 3 : Mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by Group Study Programs.
May 5, Calgary/Tokyo: Depart Calgary for Tokyo
May 6, Tokyo/Ikuta: Arrive in Tokyo, chartered bus to Senshu University (approximately 2 hours)
May 11 - June 3, Ikuta: Welcome orientation and opening ceremony, Placement test, Daily Classes, Field Trips: Kamakura, Tokyo (Business area, Meiji Shrine, Shinjuku, Skytree, Edo Museum, Odaiba etc.), Kabuki theatre, Japan Open-air Folk House Museum, Elementary School visit, calligraphy classes, and other presentations, Homestay Visit (May 30-31)
June 4, Ikuta: Closing ceremony
June 5, Ikuta/Calgary: Depart Japan for Calgary or independent travel
For a comprehensive program itinerary, please click here
The estimated cost of the Japanese Language and Culture Group Study Program will include tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations, and meals. The program cost is $6576.
For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.
Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.
International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.
Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Application not currently open. Details to come.
Schulich Student Activity Fund: All Schulich students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Schulich Student Activity Fund (SSAF). For more information, please click here.
Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a letter.
Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.
Click here for more info on funding opportunities!
All accommodations will be safe, clean and appropriate for student groups.
This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.
Applications will be considered after your application, unofficial transcript, supplementary application form, and two references have been received by Study Abroad.
Statement of Purpose
Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.
The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).
Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.
Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre and submit it by email to email@example.com.
Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.
Supplementary Application Form & References
The Academic Evaluation Form is a reference letter form that must be completed by one of your current or past professors who taught you Japanese language or culture. This form must be submitted from your reference directly to the Group Study Team by email, mail, or fax.
The Personal Letter of Appraisal is a reference letter form that must be completed by a professional personal reference. This form must be submitted from your reference directly to the Group Study Team by email, mail, or fax.
Four weeks in Tokyo... This was a trip full of happiness. This was my first time in Japan, and it is a beautiful country. This trip made me feel that I was so right to have chosen to study Japanese.
Past Japan Program Participant
Program-Specific Info Sessions
Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.
Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.
We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or booking an appointment through the link below.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
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 study abroad 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 Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.