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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Areas of Study: Culture Studies, Japanese
Language of Instruction: Japanese City Size: Over 1 million
Click here for a definition of this term Level of Support: High Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay
Class Eligibility: 01-Freshman, 02-Sophomore, 03-Junior, 04-Senior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Credit Type: Transfer Credit Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: All language levels, No language prerequisite Available to Non-UI Students: Yes
Program Description:

Additional Eligibility Requirement
  • One semester of Japanese language or knowledge of Hiragana or Katakana highly recommended

Additional Academic Information
  • Total immersion (taught in Japanese) Intensive Japanese Language (all levels)
  • Japanese Culture and Civilization Course

About KCP International Japanese Language School 
Founded in 1983, KCP International is recognized as a leader in Japanese language education. The campus is located in Shinjuku, the business, entertainment, and shopping center of Tokyo. Only a short walk from Shinjuku-gyoenmae Station on the Marunouchi subway line, students have access to such Tokyo landmarks and attractions as the Japanese government buildings, Shinjuku and Yoyogi Parks, Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Tower, and popular student destinations including Shibuya and Harajuku.

The school, for the dedicated student, is a convergence of study abroad students, aspiring teachers, interns, and professors. KCP teachers are carefully evaluated for teaching effectiveness through active observation and a series of interviews. With a student-teacher ratio of 11:1, KCP serves about 900 students per year. While most students are from other parts of Asia and all instruction is in Japanese, English-speaking staff provide extensive language support, including special tutorials, as the need arises for U.S. students as they learn the Japanese language.

About Japan
Japan is a country where East meets West, where a traditional lifestyle steeped in ritual and ceremony somehow finds a happy medium with rampant commercialism and industrialization. The Japanese love to do things as a group, whether it’s decision-making or going for an outing into the countryside. Rice and seafood are important staples in the Japanese diet, and the Tokyo fish market is the largest in the world. Slippers are worn in Japanese houses, and most Japanese sleep on futons that are laid out on tatami mats (woven floor panels).

The Japanese fascination with technology has led them to become one of the world’s leading exporters of electronics and automobiles. Today you can find that 100% of Japanese young people have text and/ or photo-capable cellular phones that they use to send written and/or photo messages to their friends. Since they have very few natural resources and import half of their food, they have developed progressive recycling programs. Japan has the second largest economy in the world and some of the largest banks, financial institutions, and insurance companies. They are a very service oriented society, and their economic success has, in part, been due to their focus on quality. The Japanese have one of the highest standards of living, health, and life expectancy.

Fine arts in Japan were heavily influenced by China. Japan produces some of the finest porcelain in the world, and their strong sense of aesthetics can be found in everything from their meticulously organized courtyard gardens to their knack for creating products that are pleasing to the eye. The Japanese are a leading force in animation, and films such as Akira, Princess Mononoke, and Pokemon have become international sensations. While Akiro Kurosawa (The Seven Samurai) is perhaps Japan’s most famous film director, many other directors have reached mainstream U.S. audiences, including  Uzu Itami (Tampopo) and Takeshi Kitano (Fireworks). Japan also has cornered the market in video games and gaming consoles, and their highly evolved manga (comics) are just as likely to be read by adults in Japan as children.

Japanese Educational System
The typical Japanese university calendar runs from April to July and from October to March. However, foreign students may be able to take advantage of a shortened fall semester calendar, allowing them to finish up by the Christmas holidays. Grading is often done on the following scale: 100-80% excellent, 79-70% good, 69-60% passing, 59- 0% failure.

16-17 Program Fees
Term Courses Only Courses w/Dormitory Courses w/Homestay
Semester $3,475 $7,275 $8,275
Extended Semester
(Summer & Fall OR
Winter & Spring)
$6,950 $14,550 $15,550
Academic Year
$10,425 $21,825 $22,825
Summer $3,475 $7,275 $8,275
Summer Short $3,250 $6,250 $7,250


UI Fees 
Application Fee (non-refundable): $150
If you have a 3.0 GPA or higher and have done well in at least one year of Japanese, be sure to apply for KCP's Merit-Based Scholarship. This and other scholarship information can be found on the KCP Scholarship page or the UI Study Abroad Scholarship page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Extended 2022 10/15/2021 10/15/2021 TBA TBA
Winter 2022 10/15/2021 10/15/2021 TBA TBA
Spring 2022 10/15/2021 10/15/2021 TBA TBA
Summer 2022 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 TBA TBA
Fall 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer I 2022 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall Extended 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.