To apply, click here. Students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible due to limited number of grants.
The 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.
Beyond 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.
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 I (Jpn101), 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.
All students who are planning to take at least one course in the summer of 2015 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 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 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 except for Jpn101. Due to space limitations, students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.
The cost for the summer 2015 program is budgeted at $3,200, 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:
At 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 $750.
The first payment of $750 (the deposit) is due by February 13, 2015. The second payment of $950 is due by March 13, 2015. The final payment of the remainder is due by March 27, 2015. All installments of the payment will be handled at the business office. After each payment, please fill out the following Deposit form online.
Students 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.
May 15 (Friday) at 3:00-5:00PM: Orientation meeting at the conference room of the Foreign Languages Department
May 18 (Monday): Depart for Japan. Students need to arrange their own drop-off and pickup at a nearby airport.
May 19 (Tueday): Arrive at Kansai International Airport. Take an airport shuttle bus to the Ryukoku campus. Check in at the dorm by 11:00 PM.
May 20 (Wednesday)-June 8 (Monday):
Classes: Monday through Friday 9:20AM – 12:30PM; 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Places to visit:
Osaka: Osaka Castle, Donwtown area in Osaka
Kyoto: Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple, Gion, Kiyomizu Temple
Nara: Todaiji, Famous Nara Big Buddha
Tokyo: Tokyo tower, Asakusa
Takayama: local villages
Hiroshima: Peace Park
Other places in Japan including Kanazawa, Himeji, and Okayama.
June 9 (Tuesday) - June 14 (Sunday): Travel around Japan
June 15 (Monday): Depart from Japan.
Note: This information will be updated frequently.
General Conditions of Acceptance
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
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.
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:
Electronic devices that cannot be used on the airplane at any time:
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