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To apply, click here. Students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible due to limited number of grants.


Kyoto TowerThe Summer Intensive Japanese Language Learning Program in Kyoto, Japan is designed for students who want to concentrate on Japanese language study while experiencing life in Japan. The program running from May 18th to June 15th welcomes students of various majors, ages, and backgrounds to Japan. Students are required to be registered at MSSU and will receive MSSU credits.

Intensive study of a language in its country of origin is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences one can have in a short period of time. Unlike foreign language study in the U.S., students have an immediate context to apply and develop their skills. The program involves four and half hours of daily instruction, which emphasizes all four basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, supplemented by one hour of daily tutoring and practice.

cultureBeyond classroom training, students will be able to apply their increasing language skills in the local community and throughout Japan. Field trips, demonstrations, and other activities, whether organized by MSSU, the host University, or initiated by students, complement language study. Daily exposure to Japanese culture and society will enable students to procure a deeper appreciation of Japanese values, behavior, and sense of balance between personal and group responsibilities.

MSSU Credits

Students can earn six hours of college credits with Missouri Southern by taking two of the offered upper and/or lower-division courses. Courses offered are Beginning Japanese II (Jpn102), Intermediate Japanese I (Jpn203), Intermediate Japanese II (Jpn204), Advanced Japanese (Jpn305), and Advanced Japanese (Jpn306). All classes will be held Monday through Friday. Culture-related activities take place on weekends. Tutorials are offered by request at no extra charge.



KinkakujiAll students who are planning to take at least one course in the summer of 2017 on the campus of the host University in Japan are eligible to apply. To qualify for a grant, however, the student must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be a full-time Missouri Southern student. The student must have completed or be enrolled in a combined total of 24 hours during the Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 semesters. Those who disqualify for a grant can travel and earn up to six credits at their own expense.

Each course is the prerequisite for the next level course. Due to space limitations, students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.


bentoThe cost for the summer 2017 program is budgeted at $3,400, excluding MSSU tuition, which may be covered by other financial assistance. Additional out-of-pocket expenses are hard to estimate, given fluctuation of the yen/dollar exchange rate and personal spending habits. Students may want to budget up to $500 for these expenses, which include personal travel, entertainment, gifts, meals, and other miscellaneous items. The cost is tentative and subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances such as the unexpected increase of airfare, etc.


The budget covers the following:

  • Round-trip airfare to Japan;
  • Accommodation at the host university;
  • Major transportation in Japan between cities;
  • Hotels and admissions;
  • Travel-related expenses including travel insurance.


 Payment Schedule

jinjaAt the time of acceptance, students are required to pay a $750 non-refundable deposit that will be applied to the total cost of the program. An escrow account for the payment will be set up at the business office. Your position will be secured when your deposit is received.

Participants are strongly encouraged to apply for a financial aid through the contact person listed. If your application for a grant is approved, you will receive $1,000.

The first payment of $750 (the deposit) is due by February 10, 2017. The second payment of $750 is due by March 3, 2017. The final payment of the remainder is due by March 24, 2017. All installments of the payment will be handled at the business office. After each payment, please fill out the following Deposit form online.


roomStudents will stay in the International House Tomoiki. It takes 15 minutes of walking plus 12 minutes of train to Fukakusa Campus, Kyoto. The house has desks, chairs, bed, bookshelfs, air conditioner, study lamp, and curtain. Kitchens, stoves, refrigerators, landry (2nd & 4th floor only) and bathrooms(1st floor only) are shared. There are toilets available on each floor. Internet connection is also available from individual rooms. There are no landline phones.

There are dinners and bento shops easily available around the dorm.The dorm has kitchens and microwaves for light cooking purpose. The meals expenses are not covered by the budget.

Beddings will be rented and covered by the budget. Students do not need to bring their own beddings. Daily necessities, such as personal cups, dishes etc. will be needed.


Tentative Itinerary

geshaOrientation 1: 
March 3 (Tuesday) Wh319

Orientation 2: April 2 (Thursday) 2:30 PM WH319

Orientation 3: April 28 (Tuesday) at 2:30 PM: WH319

May 13 (Wednesday): Depart USA for Japan. Students need to arrange their own drop-off and pickup at a nearby airport.

May 15 (Friday): Arrive in Tokyo, overnight in Tokyo.

May 16 (Saturday)Travel to Nikko on a Bullet train and express train using the first rail pass. 2 nights in Nikko.

May 18 (Monday): Travel to Kyoto and check in at our dorm Tomoiki-so.

May 19 (Tuesday): Orientation at Fukakusa Campus at 10:00am.  We'll arrive there at 9:45am. Day trip to Nara or Osaka.

May 20 (Wednesday): Day trip to Himeji, Hiroshima, and Miyajima

May 21 (Thursday): Flea Market in the morning

May 23 (Saturday): A tour of Imperial Palace in the morning.

May 24 (Sunday): Nishijin Kimono Fashion Show.

May 25-29 (Monday-Friday): Trips to Fukakusa Campus.

May 30 (Saturday): Day Trip-Location TBA

May 31 (Sunday): Day Trip-Location TBA

June 1-5 (Monday-Friday): trips to Fukakusa Campus

June 6 (Saturday): Day trip to Kanazawa

June 7 (Sunday)-June 14: Check out from our dorm and start to travel around in Japan for a week. Stay two days in Tokyo.  You will be carrying your luggage around with you during this week.


June 15 (Monday): Fly out of Tokyo. 

Classes: Monday through Friday 9:20AM – 12:30PM; 1:30PM – 2:30PM when not travelling.  On traveling days, class sessions move to evenings.



Note:  This information will be updated frequently.


Travel Guide


General Conditions of Acceptance

    • All luggage is subject to search.
    • Northwest reserves the right to refuse luggage for the following reasons:
      • Luggage size, weight, character, or condition unsuitable for transportation on the particular aircraft.
      • Luggage cannot be accommodated without harming or inconveniencing other passengers.
      • For all flights with an international destination or origin, you are required to check luggage at least 60 minutes prior to departure.
      • Customers who fail to check luggage by the applicable luggage acceptance times, risk having their luggage, and themselves, rerouted on the next available departure. Northwest retains the right, at its sole discretion, to allow check-in after these cut-off times when its representatives deem circumstances warrant. If checked luggage is accepted after above times, Northwest will not be liable for any expenses incurred as a result of luggage not being loaded on the same flight as the passenger. At minimum, Northwest will not assume the expense of delivering luggage to customers who check-in late or voluntarily separate from their luggage

Carry-on Allowance Free Checked Luggage Allowance 

Northwest allows you to carry one piece of luggage on board the aircraft plus a purse or briefcase or laptop computer or small backpack. The carry-on luggage must be of a size and shape to allow for storage in overhead compartments or underneath the seat in front of you.

Dimensions: Cannot exceed 45 linear inches (9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches)  

Note: Luggage not meeting these specifications must be checked and is subject to any applicable fees.

Free Checked Luggage Allowance

Kyoto Station

  • Each ticketed passenger at Northwest is allowed two (2) pieces of checked luggage. However, the airport shuttle express in Japan only allows for one free large luggage that cannot exceed 78.74 linear inches. The charges for extra luggage is $10 per piece. (see here)
  • Each piece: 50 pounds (23 kg) with linear dimensions not to exceed 62 inches (158 cm).
  • Checked luggage within the free 2 bag allowance that weigh more than 50 pounds and up to 70 pounds will be assessed a $50.00 heavy bag fee.
  • Checked luggage within the free 2 bag allowance whose linear dimensions exceed 62 inches will be assessed 2 excess baggage charges.
  • Checked luggage within the free 2 bag allowance whose weight exceeds 70 pounds will be assessed 3 excess baggage charges. 

Alcoholic Beverages

Northwest accepts alcoholic beverages in sealed retail packaging or in receptacles not exceeding 5 liters as checked luggage only. Passengers may carry a total quantity of 5 liters of alcohol per person.

Note: Beverages containing over 70% alcohol by volume will not be accepted.

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On board the Aircraft: Certain electronic devices may not be used on Northwest aircraft for safety reasons. Such devices may cause electromagnetic interference with cockpit navigation or communications systems during ground operations and while the aircraft is flying below 10,000 feet. However, when an aircraft is traveling above 10,000 feet (normally about ten minutes after takeoff), passengers can use many electronic devices. Passengers may not use personal audio devices during flight without a headset attached.

Electronic devices that can be used on board the aircraft, but may not be used during takeoff and landing:

  • Laptop computers
  • Portable CD and tape players
  • Calculators
  • Portable DVD players
  • Handheld computer games

Electronic devices that cannot be used on the airplane at any time:

  • Cellular phones
  • AM/FM transmitters-receivers
  • Televisions
  • Remote-controlled toys
  • Personal Air Purifier


  1. Climate: The summer (June to August) in Japan is hot.  Casual clothes including short sleeves are better.  You may want to bring a light jacket.
  2. Shoes: Light shoes that are easy to be put on or taken off are recommended.  As a manner in
  3. Japan, you are required to take off your shoes when you enter a tatami room in a Japanese style hotel.  Make sure your socks are clean and free of odor.  
  4. You may need slippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, pajama or bathrobe for staying at a student dorm.  Since the voltage in Japan is 100V and the types of the plugs are the same as those of US, you don’t need an electric transformer.
  5. Public Bath: You should take off you clothes at the locker room before you enter the bath room.  Put your bathrobe and underwear in a basket or box and cover your body with a towel provided by the hotel.  The towel is also used to rub you back and wipe your body after the bath.  Before you enter the bath pool, you are supposed to sit in front of a faucet to clean your body.  Then you can enter the bath pool.  The big bath pool is for soaking your clean body only.  (Don’t enter the bath pool with a swimming suit.)
  6. Please bring an umbrella, medicine and other personal things for daily use.
  7. Please bring traveler’s checks for safety reasons.  The exchange rate can be found online.  Please be aware that not all stores accept credit cards in Japan. Currency exchange service at banks usually opens 9:00AM and closes at 3:00PM.
  8. If you are a vegetarian or you don’t want to try Japanese dishes such as raw fish, beef, or eels, please notify the group leader in advance so that arrangements can be made in time.
  9. Tap water is drinkable at a hotel.
  10. International Phone Callssakura
    • From US to Japan: 011-81(country code for Japan) + Japanese area code without the preceding 0 + local phone number
    • From Japan to US: (IC International Only Public Phone) 001010 + 1 (Country code for US) + area code + local phone number.
    • You many want to rent a phone in Japan: check this site or this site. Or you can buy a phone card to make phone calls at public bothes. The dorm has a public phone for everyone.
    • Give your family our tour guide's number for emergency purpose. This is a long distance US demestic number based in Iowa.
  1. Shopping:
    • Store Hours: usually 10:00AM-8:00PM daily.  Department stores usually close on one of the weekdays.  Different stores have different schedule.  Some special stores are also closed on weekends.
    • Duty Free: You need to show your passport when you purchase duty-free commodities.  You can also purchase duty-free commodities at an International airport in Japan.  There are also duty-free shops in downtown.  The clerks at a duty-free shop speak English.  For certain items, department stores also have a store policy that gives you back 5% of consumer tax when you purchase more than 10,502 Japanese yen worth of items at the store.


Contact Information

For assistance or further information, contact:

Dr. Sherman Hou
Department of Foreign Languages
Webster Hall 338
Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
Tel: (417) 625-3106
Fax: (417) 625-9585