Soka University
Japanese Language and Culture Summer Program 2024

We have been offering short-term Japanese language and culture program to our partner universities in order to foster friendly relationships and strengthen our ties. We are now expanding this educational opportunity to those around the world who wish to learn about Japanese language and culture. Let’s challenge together!

Program overview

Overview of the Program
The program aims to improve your communication skills through hands-on learning and integration of learning language and culture.

Furthermore, students will have opportunities to interact with Soka University’s Japanese students and other international students to practice daily conversations. The instructors are experienced Japanese language teachers. Please note that all lectures will be conducted in Japanese. However, we will provide English interpretation for the orientation session, reception and Opening Ceremony.

Japanese Language Learning
We offer classes for beginners. Students can start learning from Japanese basics, including self-introduction, greetings, listening, and basic conversations. The classes will promote interactive learning such as conducting interviews to Japanese students.

Japanese Culture Learning
Students will take classes in which they can experience Japanese culture, which includes wearing traditional Japanese kimono, listening and dancing to traditional Japanese music, experiencing Japanese matsuri, learning how to play the “koto” – a traditional Japanese instrument.

One-day Tour
Students will visit places in Tokyo where they can experience and learn about history, culture, and society of Japan. Please note that the tour schedule may change.
1. Program Dates:
Program Date
August 13 (Tue) – August 22 (Thu), 2024
2. Location:
Soka University
1-236 Tangi-machi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan
3. Program Content and Schedule:
Arrival in Japan August 13 (Tue)

Soka University will provide your transportation from the airport to the hotel, where you stay during the program.
Address: 1-236 Tangi-machi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo
Destination: Hotel (Around Hachioji Station)

Opening Ceremony/ Orientation/ Welcome Party August 14 (Wed)

10:00 am          Opening Ceremony
10:45 am          Orientation
12:00 pm          Welcome Party

Japanese Language and Japan Culture Study Program August 14 (Wed) – August 22 (Thu)
Japanese Language Classes One day: 3 ~ 4.5hours / Total: 20 hours
Japanese Traditional Culture Class 2 sessions
Tour in Tokyo August 17 (Sat)
Completion Ceremony and Farewell Party August 21 (Wed)
Departure August 22 (Thu)
9:30 am Depart from Hotel
Soka University will provide your transportation to the airport.
Please arrange your flight to depart in the afternoon to have plenty of time for check-in.
*We might depart from Hotel earlier depending on the climate.
4. Completion Certificate
A certificate will be presented upon completion of the program.
5. Application Eligibility
1. Beginners of Japanese language
* Please note that this program will be conducted in only English and Japanese. All the Japanese classes will be conducted in Japanese.
2. Those who can obtain a short-term visa if necessary
3. 17 years or older
*We may accept candidates ages between 15 and 17 years old if the guardian can attend the program together.
4. Those who can obtain traveler’s insurance (mandatory)
6. Number of Participants
40 students per session
*Application will be closed when the maximum number of 40 participants is reached.
* If the number of participants is below than 10 students, the program may be cancelled. 
7. Application Period
May 8 (Wed), 2024 – May 31 (Fri), 2024 (Japan Time GMT+9:00)
8. Program Fees
130,000 JPY
The program fee includes tuition, accomodation (with breakfast), textbooks, airport transfer service, one-day tour, and transportation fees necessary for commuting to and from school.
*Note: Round-trip airfare, transportation costs other than airport transfers, commuting to and from school, and one-day tours, meals, medical insurance, etc. are not included.
9. Application Procedures
STEP ① Check the application information
Please thoroughly read until “FAQ” section and check the application information. Please also provide a headshot photograph and passport files to be sent online (JPG or PDF).

STEP ② User registration for the Online Application
Please register from your computer/ smartphone/ tablet etc. to register your basic information. After your registration, MY PAGE will be created.
URL for Online Application
*Since we will continuously contact you through the e-mail upon registration, please register with an e-mail address you often use.

STEP ③ Apply from your MY ACCOUNT page
*Application menu will not be displayed until online applications are open.

STEP ④ Issue of application number
We will issue the application number for those who complete all the steps. This will complete the application.
*We will contact you through the “Contact Us” on the MY ACCOUNT if necessary.

STEP ⑤ Announcement of results
Results will be announced on June 7 (Fri) by e-mail.
Note: In case the number of applicants exceeds the program capacity, the approval will be based on document screening.

STEP ⑥ Payment 
The payment procedures will be announced by e-mail.
Payment must be done by credit card,  accessing the website informed by the e-mail. Once you pay the application fee of 130,000 JPY, your registration will be completed. 
*PLEASE NOTE: Do not pay the program fees until you receive the acceptance e-mail..

STEP ⑦ Flight Ticket 
After announcing your result please prepare your flight schedule and ticket. Please contact us about your arrival information.
10. Visa
Soka University cannot provide assistance in getting a visa for the program. Before applying to the program, please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website whether the visa can be obtained by the program date.

*If the applicants cannot obtain a visa and cancel participation, cancellation fee will apply. Please check if you are able to apply for a visa to enter in Japan prior to applying for the program and submitting the payment.
11. Cancellation
After being accepted to the program and payment of program fee, you will not be able to receive a refund for any reason.
12. Precautions
  • The program content may slightly change.
  • Program participants will need to buy a traveler’s insurance. Please submit a copy of the insurance before coming to Japan.
  • Please note that this program will be conducted in only English and Japanese. All the Japanese classes will be conducted in Japanese.


Soka University
International Affairs Office
TEL: +81-42-691-8230
FAX: +81-42-691-9456
*Information provided for the application will be used only for the program and not any other purposes.