July in Tokyo, Japan

  • July in Tokyo, Japan
Spend 2 or 4 weeks in Japan for part of your winter Uni break. Choose to learn or improve your Japanese language skills, or take a course in Global Citizenship and Cross Cultural Studies. Experience the famous temples and sites of Tokyo, while immersing yourself at a local university with Japanese students.

Students can choose to attend one or both 2-week sessions. Students will take ONE course per session. All courses meet a minimum of 45 hours face-to-face in class time over two weeks (lectures, tutorials, workshops), plus additional independent study time (research, readings, assessment preparation) and are equivalent to 3 US credits, or 4 Japanese credits. Note: Students who undertake the 4-week program (2 x 2 weeks) will undertake 90 hours face-to-face in class time, plus additional independent study time and would be equivalent to 6 US credits, or 8 Japanese credits.

Session 1 Course Offerings:  

  • Global Citizenship & Cross-Cultural Studies (taught in English)
  • OR Japanese: Beginner
  • OR Japanese: Intermediate

Session 2 Course Offerings: 

  • Global Citizenship & Cross-Cultural Studies (taught in English)
  • OR Japanese: Beginner
  • OR Japanese: Intermediate
  • OR Japanese: Advanced

If studying Japanese language, students will take a placement test during the program orientation.

Academic Requirement:
To qualify, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.0 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement, please contact us to discuss your situation. We will do what we can to find the right program for you.

Course load:
1 course per 2-week session, equivalent to 3 US credits / 4 Japanese credits. If attending both sessions students will take 2 courses, equivalent to 6 US / 8 Japanese credits.

Course approval:  
Students must receive course approval from their home institution prior to the start of the program in order to receive academic credit. Courses are generally approved if they fill a major or elective requirement.

Course descriptions:

Global Citizenship & Cross-Cultural Studies (3 US / 4 Japanese credits)
Minimum of 45 contact hours
In this course students will experience interdisciplinary studies based on global citizenship and cross cultural understanding. The course content includes class discussions about Japanese lifestyle and culture, global issues, multicultural understanding, cross-cultural communication, peace building, current events as well as current event analysis through the newspaper, and global citizenship as related to culture, environment, politics, drama, music and film. The course will meet independently and will also join other on-going classes at Seisen University related to the course topics together with Japanese students in order to enhance the learning and cross-cultural experience. View the course syllabus

Intensive Japanese Language (3 US / 4 Japanese credits)
Session 1: Beginner OR Intermediate
Session 2: Beginner, Intermediate OR Advanced
Minimum of 45 contact hours
Language courses focus on modern spoken Japanese through aural-oral drills and exercises and mastery of the basic grammatical structures. Emphasis is on the spoken language, although there will also be exposure to the Japanese writing systems to meet practical needs. The method of instruction will be a communicative approach, Proficiency Method, Direct Method, Jorden Method, TPR, VTS, etc. More advanced students will focus on reading Japanese newspapers and understanding other media outlets. The course will also utilise Seisen University Japanese Teacher Training students as Teaching Assistants who assist the main instructor in the program. There should be a minimum of four students per level per session in order to offer each level in each session.
View the course syllabus: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced