Experiment in International Living: Japan - Japanese Language and Culture

  • January 1 2030

  • Rolling deadlines, apply soon when you're ready!

  • 10th - 12th


Learn or expand your Japanese language skills, explore Tokyo and Kyoto, and experience the culture of Japan on this high school summer abroad program.

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Program Description Study Japanese, live with a host family, and explore the cultural and historical sights of Toyko, Sapporo, and Kyoto. While in Sapporo, receive 32 hours of formal language instruction—provided at three language levels — in small-group, interactive formats. Practice reading and writing hiragana and kanji with Japanese teachers. Have language exchanges with local students. Focus on communication skills for everyday life and your upcoming homestay. Take time to sample local delicacies, order gyoza and sushi at local restaurants, explore Japan’s natural beauty, and learn about the indigenous Ainu culture of Hokkaido. Visit the homes of local college students to learn about Japanese home life and cook together. Further enhance your Japanese and deepen your understanding of culture and family life in Japan through the program’s homestay. Learn to cook homemade soba noodles or to roll your own sushi with your host parents and hang out with your host siblings. Take advantage of opportunities to learn the art of Japanese flower arrangement or the tea ceremony. Activities during this time could also include visiting a local school, practicing Zen meditation, or participating in a traditional festival. Your exploration through Japan continues as you spend several days exploring the temples, markets, and shrines of ancient Kyoto. Hike to Nij? Castle, home to the ancient imperial court, and visit the golden-walled Kinkaku-ji temple. The program begins and ends in Toyko, where you and your group explore the famous sites, museums, and diverse neighborhoods of one of the world’s most populous cities. Language Certificate: At the conclusion of this program, each participant will earn a language certificate noting how many hours of language classes s/he completed. Days 1–3Orientation in Tokyo During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel. Days 4–12Thematic Focus in Sapporo During this period, you and your group will stay at a nonprofit center. Days 13–22Homestay During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host communities: Tomakomai, Bihoro, Yubari, Kamaishi Days 23–28Excursion to Kyoto During this excursion, you and your group will stay in a hotel. Day 29Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Tokyo During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel. Day 30Departure The Experiment in International Living is a nonprofit organization that has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932. Today, The Experiment offers three-, four-, and five-week summer programs for high school students in more than 20 countries around the world. Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive—and lead—in diverse, intercultural environments. The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives. The Experiment places the highest priority on health, safety, and security. Each program follows a comprehensive structure designed to maximize the well-being of all participants while they engage in dynamic cross-cultural experiences. We have implemented specific risk management strategies that include a 24-hour emergency on-call service and regular safety reviews. We hire and train experienced adult group leaders and maintain longstanding partnerships with in-country offices to support each of our programs.

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Tokyo, Japan


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Grade Levels

10th / 11th / 12th

Last Updated on

June 26 2019

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