Japanese Language & Culture in Tokyo – Year Around


    Intensive Study in Tokyo, Japan
    Japanese Language & Culture
    Summer and Quarter Terms
    Minimum age is 16 yrs
    4 wks: $2795 USD
    Quarter: $3595 USD

    The Program

    Study Japanese language and culture in Tokyo, Japan. Programs are offered weekly and monthly year-around, providing regular courses for beginners and intermediate levels. This includes high intermediate and low advanced levels. Minimum age is 16 yrs.

    Centrally located in Shinjuku district, whereby students have convenient access to all that Tokyo has to offer. Students make friends quickly with classmates and participate in school after class activities. Join us!

    The Location

    Tokyo is home to over 25% of the Japanese population. Over 13 million live in Tokyo itself, and this does not include nearby Kawasaki and Yokohama. Tokyo has become an exciting urban-maze, a true megalopolis city of interconnected towns each with its own identity. Unlike Kyoto and Nara, few buildings survived the devastating earthquake of 1923 and the bombing of WW II, so Tokyo today is more of a magnet of creative energy, global modernity, and wealth. An extensive train and subway system connect all the main city centers and sites, making it easy to get around. Overall, Tokyo represents modern Japan and it offers so many things to do and see for the first time visitor. Join us and experience this exciting city!


    * Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly (January – December).
    * 4 lessons per day, 20 hrs per week. Class time 45 minutes per class.
    * Levels: beginning and intermediate.

    Japanese language courses are offered year-around for beginners to intermediate levels. All students take a placement exam upon arrival to determine level, and placed in the proper course. Classes meet 4 hours per day, M-F (20 hours per week).

    Instructors are university trained to teach Japanese as a second language. Upon completing the program, all students will receive a transcript (certificate) stating the course, class hours, and grade.


    * Elementary 1: Total Beginner
    This course is best suited for students who have had little or no training in Japanese. Students are trained to acquire fundamental skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Basic vocabulary, grammar, sentence structures, and simple texts. Hiragana and Katagana writing systems are introduced. Oral exercises and drills ensure that participants learn the correct pronunciation and intonation.

    * Elemenatry 2: Beginner
    This level is for those who have had some Japanese training. This course builds on simple sentence structures and grammar, and builds vocabulary for everyday topics. Hiragana and Katakana writing systems are taught more completely using exercises that include simple letters, short essays, and reports. Correct pronunciation and intonation is emphasized in oral expressions. At the end of this course, students are expected to know over 700 words, about 100 Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji in context, and have basic speaking skills.

    * Intermediate 1:
    This level is for students who are able to engage in conversation on everyday topics. Classes focus on improving vocabulary, grammar, which enable them to function effectively in different contexts. Topics include Japanese culture and civilization, using literature to build vocabulary and provide a greater awareness of Japanese culture and society. Writing, oral expression, and listening comprehension skills are emphasized.

    * Intermediate 2:
    This level is for those who can converse on general topics, are familiar with over 500 Kanji, and have a vocabulary of over 3000 words. Class focus is on developing skills to understand complex sentences in writing and reading. Conversation exercises teach students to discuss articles on particular subjects and express themselves using more complicated sentence structures.

    * Intermediate 3:
    Participants attending these classes can discuss general topics, raise complex questions, and express their views. Reading and discussing various news articles is done regularly. Focus is put on complex grammar and usage of idioms as well as perfecting writing skills and oral expressions.

    Academic Credit

    Students earn 3 – 4 credits per month. Classes are conducted 4 hours per day, 20 hours per week. Upon completing the program, students will receive a transcript (certificate) stating the course, level, class hours, and grade.

    Financial Aid

    Yes, you can use your financial aid on this program. Please have your financial aid office e-mail us the Consortium Agreement. CSA does not offer any scholarships or financial aid, we can only assist you in using your home school’s financial aid on this program.


    The following are usually offered during the Summer sessions, and some during the Quarter Terms:

    * Summer excursions to: Nikko, Kamakura, Mt. Fuji.
    * Tokyo sightseeing: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa, Edo Museum
    * Cultural workshops: tea ceremony, ikebana
    * Entertainment: Kabuki
    * Student social gatherings (int’l student party)
    * Activities are “optional” and cost extra

    Besides the above summer activities as a group, students are free to explore the city of Tokyo. There are numerous museums such as the “Edo-Tokyo Museum” to visit, as well as historical sites, shrines, and temples. There are several day-trips one can take as well…..to such places as Kamakura, Nikko, and Yokohama. Tokyo also offers an exciting nightlife with it’s many night clubs, bars, and traditional izakaya’s.


    Housing is available in student residences (dormitories), and furnished apartments. CSA will provide a housing web-link list with your confirmation documents. Easy to book with our web-links.

    Dormitory housing offers a single or shared room and shared bathroom. Futon mattress provided, but no bed linens or towels. Students buy bed linens and towels there. No meals, but students share a kitchen in the dorm. Most of the other students in the dorm are Japanese students, so there are many opportunities to meet Japanese students from Japan. Dormitories are often located within 3- – 45 minutes commute. They fill up quickly, so early registration is advised. Costs about $150 – $200 USD per week. Meals are extra, and many dorms often have a cafeteria where students can buy lower cost meals.

    Applicants (students) can arrange own housing using web-links provided by CSA. You can stay in a student type dormitory, apartment, hostel, Japanese style inn (Ryokan), or possibly even a host family. You can also stay in a youth hostel hotel, or even a traditional Japanese Inn (Ryokan). CSA will provide housing website links with your confirmations. You can also arrange your housing…on your own…without using these listed options. It’s up to you. In addition, most of these housing options can be paid by using a major credit card. The cost of housing is extra, and not included in the CSA program fee.

    Early registration advised.

    Dates and Fees

    * Minimum age is 16 yrs
    * 4 hrs per day, M-F, 20 hrs per week
    * Placement test is on start date
    * Housing cost is not included (extra)


    4 weeks July (early – July (late)
    4 weeks 2020 Dates
    July 7th – July 30th, 2020
    August 4th – August 27th, 2020
    $2795 USD
    4 weeks 2021 Dates
    July 6th – July 29th, 2021
    August 3rd – August 26th, 2021
    $2795 USD
    4 weeks 2022 Dates
    July 5th – July 28th, 2022
    August 2nd – August 25th, 2022
    $2795 USD

    * Can attend for 4 weeks or 8 weeks


    October (early) – December (mid)
    2020 Dates: October 1st – December 15th, 2020
    2021 Dates: September 30th – December 14th, 2021
    $3595 USD


    January (early) – March (late)
    2020 Dates: January 6th – March 20th, 2020
    2021 Dates: January 4th – March 19th, 2021
    $3595 USD


    April (early) – June (late)
    2020 Dates: April 6th – June 19th, 2020
    2021 Dates: April 5th – June 18th, 2021
    $3595 USD

    NOTE: Tokyo Olympic Summer Games 2020

    Dates: July 24th – August 9th, 2020
    Book summer programs early !


    Minimum age is 16 yrs

    Program is open to all adults from all countries. Passport required. No Visa required for U.S. citizens for the first 90 days (3 months). After 90 days, a Visa is required. Non-U.S. citizens will need to check with the nearest Japanese Consulate. U.S.

    Check the web-links related to travel documents in the “Visa/Passport” and “Important Links” sections of the CSA website main menu.


    All participants (applicants) are responsible for arranging their own travel to Tokyo, Japan. CSA will provide all students with a “map” on how to get to the school location. If you reserve your housing using the web-links we provide, you can print a map off their website.
    CSA staff have worked and lived in Tokyo, so we can provide you with indepth useful information about arriving into Tokyo. It’s easy to get to your housing from the airport, so do not worry about it, and feel free to ask us anything. To help you with your arrival, please purchase a good travel book on Tokyo or Japan.

    NOTE: Upon arrival into the Tokyo airport (Narita), plan on exchanging about $300 into Yen, to get you by until you are settled into your housing.

    NOTE: If you want to have a staff person meet you upon arrival, please let us know. Not available at the airport. Any pick-up would be at a major Hotel lobby in Shinjuku, nearby the school. May not always be available.

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