Japanese Language and Culture in an Immersion Setting

Take your Japanese skills to the next level.

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.

Key Information


Tokyo, Japan 




Spring 2020 

Program Type

Group Study 

Application information

Application status


Application deadline


Eligibility requirements

This program is open to students from all majors. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Info sessions

October 24th, 12pm-1pm, CH D428

Student Experience

image of students painting Japanese characters
image of student group at harbour

Have questions?

For program information, please contact Professor Akiko Sharp at asharp@ucalgary.ca 

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at group.study@ucalgary.ca

Other useful links: 

Program Details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses Offered

    Students on this program are required to enroll in three courses:

    JPNS 309.01: Japanese Culture Studies in an Immersion Setting (3 units)

    JPNS 311: Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting I (3 units)

    JPNS 313: Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting II (3 units)


  2. Prerequisites

    JPNS 309.01: Consent of the instructor 

    JPNS 311: Consent of the instructor 

    JPNS 313: For students wishing to enroll in JPNS 313, you will need JPNS 311 as a prerequisite course and consent of the instructor 

  1. Pre-departure

    Preparatory group meetings (all held in CHC 110):
    January 27: 6:00-8:00pm
    February 24: 6:00-8:00pm
    May 7: 9:00am-12:00pm 
    May 8: 9:00am-12:00pm 
    May 9: 9:00am-12:00pm 

    You are strongly recommended to attend the Japan Culture Series (3 talks in February & March 2020); please contact the instructor for more information. 

    March (date TBD): Mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by Group Study Programs.

  2. In-field

    May 6, Calgary/Tokyo: Depart Calgary for Tokyo via Vancouver or non-stop

    May 7, Tokyo/Ikuta:  Arrive in Tokyo, chartered bus to Senshu University (approximately 2 hours)

    May 11 - June 4, 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 5, Ikuta: Closing ceremony

    June 6, Ikuta/Calgary: Depart Japan for Calgary or independent travel

  1. Costs

    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 $6,947.

    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.


    2020/21 Tuition Fees:

    The following proposed rate increases are being shared in advance of their approval to help students plan their finances for the upcoming school year.

    The Government of Alberta recently lifted the tuition freeze that has been in place since 2014-15. As a result, tuition rates for Canadian (domestic) students will be permitted to increase by 7% annually in each the next three years . Tuition rates for international students will no longer be regulated. In response to this change, the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors will be reviewing proposals to increase tuition rates in January 2020. If approved, the following rate increases will apply for the 2020-21 academic year:

    • New domestic students: 7% increase to all tuition fees, except for undergraduate programs in engineering course-based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 10% increase is being proposed.
    • New International students: 10% increase to tuition fees with the exception of course based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 15% increase is being proposed.
    • Graduate thesis students: A new tuition structure that will even out program costs over the length of the program versus having higher costs in years one (Masters) or pre-candidacy (PhD)
    • All continuing students:  5% increase to tuition fees

    If approved, these rate increases will be in effect for the Spring 2020 term.

  2. Funding

    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.

    New! 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! Deadline to apply is March 31st.  Any queries about these scholarships should be directed to Faculty of Arts Associate Dean Gavin Cameron: gcameron@ucalgary.ca 

    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 group.study@ucalgary.ca to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

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.

  1. 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.

  2. Unofficial Transcript

    Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre and submit it by email to  group.study@ucalgary.ca.

    Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.

  3. Supplementary Application Form & References

    The Supplementary Application Form must be completed by you. You can submit this form by email to group.study@ucalgary.ca.

    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. 

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.

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

Getting started

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 Study Abroad 101 for general information.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing group.study@ucalgary.ca 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.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

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.

Find your academic advisor

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.