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East Asia

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Intensive Summer Programs in Chinese, in the US, Mainland China, and Taiwan

Cornell University FALCON Program
Intensive Summer Session in beginning Chinese

Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University
Summer Intensive Program, 8 weeks: 2 years College-level Chinese as prerequisite

University of Michigan Summer Language Institute
10-week term, beginning & 2nd year Mandarin

Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT, Intensive Summer Program for all levels of Chinese

Princeton in Beijing
Beijing, China

Academic Year Study Abroad Programs in Mainland China and Taiwan

Associated Colleges in China Program
Administered by Hamilton College: summer, fall, and spring semester programs

Center for Chinese Language and Culture
MTC Mandarin Training Center, Taipei, Taiwan

CET Programs in Beijing, Harbin, and Hangzhou, China
CET offers five distinct programs in three locations in China, all tailored for varying student needs. For detailed information about CET's Chinese Language Immersion and Chinese Studies Programs, click on the link above.

CIEE Council on International Educational Exchange, Beijing, China
semester, academic year or summer program

ICLP International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University
P.O. Box 13-204, Taipei, Taiwan
Fax: (886-2)-2362-6926

Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University

(Academic Year Program: 2 years College-level Chinese as prerequisite)

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Intensive Summer Programs in Korean

University of Michigan Summer Language Institute
10-week term, beginning & 2nd year Korean

University of Southern California East Asian Language Institute
two six-week terms for a full year of Korean, beginning level only

U Penn Summer Program in Seoul

Study Abroad in Korea

SUNY Albany Program at Yonsei University
Seoul (Fall, Spring, Summer)

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Courses on Japanese language and culture are now being offered at Swarthmore College in the new Japanese section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. For information on the Japanese section's offerings and study abroad recommendations, see their home page.

Students considering any of these study abroad programs, or interested in other options, should consult with Professor Gardner in the Japanese Section of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department.

Full Year Academic Program

The programs listed here are all highly recommended by the Asian Studies faculty. Successful completion of these programs normally earns a full year of academic credit (8 courses) at Swarthmore.

Associated Kyoto Program (AKP)
Year-long program at Doshisha University in Kyoto, sponsored by a consortium of American liberal arts colleges. 40-60 participants stay with host families and take both intensive Japanese courses and elective courses taught in English by faculty from consortium colleges. Situated on the campus of Doshisha University in the heart of Kyoto, the historic former capital of Japan.

Applicants should usually be Juniors, have at least a year of Japanese, have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.00 and a cumulative average of "B" or above in their Japanese language courses.

University of Tokyo AIKOM Program
A one-year program with a special exchange relationship with Swarthmore College, located at the University of Tokyo's Komaba Campus. The program includes field work both inside and outside Tokyo. All students reside in the University of Tokyo's international student dormitory. For information on application procedures, students should speak with the staff at the Office of Foreign Study (Pearson 113).

International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo
Year-long program at ICU, a private liberal-arts college in the western suburbs of Tokyo. Students take Japanese language courses and can enroll in regular ICU classes taught in both English and Japanese. Most international students live in dormitories, but stay with a host family can also be arranged.

Semester or Year Programs

Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies (KCJS)
Program for advanced Japanese studies, sponsored by a consortium of research university. Classes include Japanese language and English-language electives. Most students in the program stay with host families. The campus is in a lovely setting in Kyoto, but is not affiliated with any Japanese university campus.

Open to students of third-year level and above. It is primarily a year program but some students may be admitted on a semester basis.

IES Nagoya
Semester and year-long programs at Nanzan University in Nagoya. Students take a combination of intensive Japanese courses and electives in English. Homestay is encouraged; other housing options also available. IES Nagoya enjoys an excellent reputation for language teaching as is ideal for semester students who wish to make strong progress in learning the Japanese language.

IES Tokyo
Semester and year-long programs at Kanda University of International Studies in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture, 30-40 minutes outside of Tokyo by train. Homestays and dormitory options are available. The curriculum emphasizes field work with Japanese organizations.

No prior Japanese language experience required; 3.0 GPA minimum.

Hikone Program (Japan Center for Michigan Universities)
This program is set on the shores of Lake Biwa in rural Shiga Prefecture. The program offers homestays, intensive Japanese languages coursework, and a unique environmental studies program. Summer study at Hikone is also available.

No Japanese is required: 2.5 GPA minimum.

Summer Programs

Princeton in Ishikawa
8-week intensive Japanese language program in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, a historic city on the Japan Sea. All students stay in homestays; three hours daily instruction with options for cultural activities.

2nd and 3rd year Japanese offered.

Hokkaido International Foundation
8-week intensive Japanese language program in Hakodate, in Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido. All students stay in homestays; three hours daily instruction with options for cultural activities.

1.5 through 4th year Japanese offered.

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