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Kumamoto University 2018 Spring Program

The Spring Program offered by the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies at Kumamoto University was created to provide international students who have an interest in studying abroad in Japan with a chance to experience life as an international student at Kumamoto University.

 

The Spring Program offers two courses to participants: an English Course (conducted in English) and a Japanese Course (conducted in Japanese).

 

【Dates】

Japanese Course:  Tuesday, February 13 – Thursday, February 22 2018 (10 days)

English Course:  Tuesday, February 27 – Thursday, March 8 2018 (10 days)

 

【Place】

Kumamoto University, with educational excursions around Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

 

【Theme】

Each course of the Spring Program has its own study theme.  For the English Course, the theme is “Kumamoto Groundwater and Environmental Sustainability.”  For the Japanese Course, the theme is “Japanese Language and Culture, and employment in Japan”

 

【Eligibility】

Participation in this program is open to students who:

・are undergraduate students studying at universities with which Kumamoto University has agreement for academic or student exchange

・have English language proficiency equal to or greater than IELTS level 5 (English Course only)

・have Japanese language proficiency equal to or greater than JLPT N3 (Japanese Course only)

*Please note that participation in this program is limited to 40 students.  If we receive more than 40 applications for the program, a selection will be held based on Grade Point Average (GPA).

 

 

 

 

【Contents】

The following are tentative schedules for each course of the Spring Program. Please note that the contents are subject to change.

※ A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all students who successfully complete the contents of the program.

 

English Course:

Day

Time

Content

1

PM

Arrive in Kumamoto, have dinner with Japanese Students

2

AM

Program Orientation

PM

Lectures: “Kumamoto Earthquake” , “Aso Geopark”

Welcome Party

3

All Day

Study trip to Mt. Aso

4

AM

Lectures: “Minamata Disease”, “Kumamoto Waterworks”

PM

Study trip to Kumamoto City groundwater facilities

5

All Day

Study Trip to Minamata

6

All Day

Individual exploration and study

7

AM

Lectures: “Water Sustainability” , “Japanese Sweets

PM

Study trip to a traditional Japanese sweets confectionary

8

AM

Japanese cultural experience: traditional calligraphy

PM

Presentations and exchange event with high school students

9

AM

Information about studying abroad in Japan

PM

Closing ceremony and farewell party

10

All Day

Return home

 

Japanese Course:

Day

Time

Content

1

PM

Arrive in Kumamoto, have dinner with Japanese Students

2

AM

Program Orientation

PM

Japanese classes and welcome party

3

AM

Japanese classes

PM

Lesson and experience making traditional Japanese sweets and

Tea Ceremony

4

AM

Lesson and experience how to prepare for job hunting in Japan

PM

Study trip to Kumamoto Prefecture

5

All Day

Study trip to Mt. Aso

6

All Day

Individual exploration and study/Home visit

7

AM

Japanese Classes

PM

Study trip to companies

8

All Day

Study trip and traditional hot spring experience in Yamaga

9

AM

Japanese Classes

PM

Poster presentations with Japanese students

Information about studying abroad in Japan

Closing ceremony and farewell party

10

All Day

Return home

 

2017 Participant Comments

  • “I did a lot of new things and had a great experience”

 

  • “I made a lot of great memories. I want to go back to Kumamoto”

 

  • “I had a lot of fun! Thank you very much.”

 

 

【Program Fee】

English Course: 80,000 Japanese Yen

Japanese Course: 80,000 Japanese Yen

○ includes accommodation, class fees, field trip fees, and breakfast.

× Does not include the cost of transportation to or from Japan, the cost of transportation within Japan, or the cost of meals (other than breakfast) during the program.

 

The program fee will be collected in cash after arriving in Japan.

 

【Scholarship】

Participants in the English Course of the Spring Program may apply for a government scholarship of 80,000 Japanese Yen, provided by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).  However, there is a limitation to eligible students.  To be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following 3 conditions:

 

  • Only English Course students are eligible.
  • As a result of the selection by JASSO, only students from the following countries are eligible to apply: Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Nepal, Cambodia
  • Students must have a GPA greater than or equal to 2.3, and not receive any other scholarships for this program which exceed 80,000 Japanese Yen.

 

Please note that there are a limited number of scholarships available.  Scholarships will be awarded based on Grade Point Average (GPA).

 

【Language】

The English Course will be conducted entirely in English, whereas the Japanese course will be conducted entirely in Japanese.

 

【Application】

Please request the international office of your university to submit your application by email (PDF format) or by FAX by November 1, 2017. Please be sure to include a copy of your passport and your academic record (Scholarship applicants only) from your previous year.

 

【Visa】

An entry visa to Japan is required for students from certain countries. As soon as selection

results are determined, related visa documents will be sent to the responsible persons at your university. Please apply for your visa as soon as possible at the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate.

 

 

【Contact】

College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies, Kumamoto University

2-40-1, Kurokami, Chuo-ku

Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan

Tel: +81-96-342-2091

Fax: +81-96-342-2130

E-mail: coe@jimu.kumamoto-u.ac.jp

 

【Download】

  1. Program Flyer
  2. Application