Admission to 10-Month Program

General Information

Currently the Center admits up to 60 students a year who (1) are degree candidates at a university or college or college graduates who intend to enroll in a graduate program after completing Center training; (2) have demonstrated outstanding professional promise, as reflected by grades, recommendations, and statements of purpose; (3) have finished two years or more of college-level study of Japanese or the equivalent; and (4) have obtained an acceptable score on the Inter-University Center Japanese Proficiency Test.

The Center's 10-month program is intended for students who are embarking on careers in some area of Japanese studies or a profession in which fluent Japanese is necessary. The Inter-University committee encourages students to apply for admission early in their academic careers, when they can give their undivided attention to a mastery of the language that will be useful at later stages of professional training. The Committee welcomes applications from graduating seniors who can demonstrate a mature commitment to a career relating to Japan. Graduate students, except those who have received professional degrees in law or business, should be active candidates for an advanced degree. Those who have already established careers are welcome to apply to the 10-month program.

Admission to the IUC is based entirely on the student's academic qualifications and professional goals and is entirely independent of financial considerations, so no student should hesitate to apply to the Center because of concern over costs. Admissions are made without regard to gender, age, race, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin.

Details regarding application procedures are available online.

For questions about the program, application process or if you are unable to access our web site, please contact the Stanford Administrative Office:

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Encina Hall, Room C334 (MC 6055)
616 Serra Street
Stanford University
Stanford CA 94305 USA

Attendance Fees

Details about attendance fees are available at the page below.

Living Costs

Sample 10-Month Program Student Budget

Financial Aid

The Center distributes fellowship funds provided . These funds are awarded on the basis of merit and need, and depend on their availability from the specific granting agency. The conditions and perquisites of these fellowships are subject to change. The IUC is obligated to consider the donor's criteria when making awards. Please do not contact any of the above organizations concerning these fellowships. The above fellowships are awarded directly by the Center.

Every effort is made to offer students partial financial aid to supplement personal funds, university and college fellowships, or outside fellowships. However, IUC resources are limited and no student should expect to receive full support from Center-administered funds. Therefore, students are strongly advised to seek any scholarships or fellowships for which they are eligible. The majority of Center financial aid awarded to students takes the form of full or partial tuition grants. See the page linked below for a list of funding organizations outside IUC.

Outside Financial Aid

The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program

The IUC is pleased to announce a new 10-month fellowship program for Ph.D. students in all fields of Japanese studies, generously sponsored by The Nippon Foundation. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC aims to provide the most promising young scholars with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange among them and with their IUC senpai.

In addition to their regular classes at the 10-month program The Nippon Foundation Fellows will:

Application is available online. Deadline is , . It is not necessary to make a separate application to the IUC 10-Month Program.

Related Information

10-Month Program Curriculum

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