This short course is a totally immersive introduction to Japanese Language and Culture
YMCA Global Study has teamed up with the Osaka YMCA International Language School to offer university students an amazing and authentic Japanese Language and Culture Short Course.
The main objective of the course is to help students develop a greater understanding of Japanese language and culture. Over 3 weeks students will be immersed in the Japanese way of life, attending daily language classes aimed at improving their reading, writing, listening and speaking ability in an immersive environment which is matched to their current ability. The course will also help students gain a deeper appreciation of Japanese history, society and culture with a number of experiences in Kansai, Japan such as:
- Trips to the ancient Japanese capitals of Kyoto and Nara
- Visits to Osaka Castle and Kurashi no Konjaku-Kan
- A traditional Japanese tea ceremony
- A Japanese Cooking Class
Japanese Language classes will be taught at a J2 level (Beginner)
The Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Program is also available during the January university break.
Amazing time, very friendly and helpful staff at the school. Always ready to help with questions and homework. Culture excursions were fun and interesting and the staff accommodate your needs and make you feel so welcomed as though they are your friends as well as staff members. Classmates were also very welcoming, kind, friendly and helpful. – Chloe, La Trobe University
Intended Learning Outcomes & Additional Course Information
Student’s Japanese language ability (verbal, written, reading and comprehension) will be assessed upon arrival and then students will be placed in a class to suit their ability. The Intended Learning Outcomes will vary depending on which class the participant is assigned to.
Final Examination (40%)
Japan, one of the world’s hottest traveller destination spots – a nation where traditional and hyper-modern culture coexist to reflect the charming mystique and an allure of the far east. Home to geisha, sumo, sushi, and Pokemon, travellers are constantly surprised and amazed at what this unique country has to offer.
You will be based in Osaka, Japan’s 3rd largest city, which is located in the south-western part of Japan’s main island, Honshu. Osaka is known for it’s friendly, industrious people, colourful dialect and delicious food. The city is a fantastic hub with easy access to other famous Japanese towns and areas such as Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, and Himeji via public transport.
The city offers plenty to do whether it is enjoying local dishes such as okonomiyaki, kushikatsu and takoyaki, belting out a famous tune at a karaoke bar, exploring the electronics, manga and anime shops of Den Den town or having a fun day out at Universal Studios.
University & Faculty
Osaka YMCA was founded in 1882 (Meiji year 15), as Tosabori Youth Hall, and was a front-runner of western civilization. It had a signiﬁcant impact as a citizen’s movement. The Youth Hall was the ﬁrst of its kind in the East. It was used for various purposes including the following: lectures, meetings and gatherings. The YMCA was one of the earliest businesses to begin English language instruction and college preparatory classes. This is where professional schools and prep schools of today have their beginning.
Additionally, it was through the YMCA, that Japan was introduced to basketball and volleyball. The YMCA also had a great impact on health and outdoor activities. The pioneering work of youth programs, conducted by the private sector, have contributed by providing social and physical education. Since that time, YMCA has expanded its activities to provide for the needs of the community, making it a safe place in which young people can grow. Additionally, to deal with current issues, YMCA has programs available to parents of children with learning disabilities.
Students will share (max 4 people) a fully equipped and functional private apartment including high-speed internet, bedding, towels, all necessary kitchen facilities, home appliances and laundry facilities.
Social and Cultural Program
Trip to Kyoto
Japan’s capital city and the emperor’s residence from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is known throughout the world for its stunning beauty. Kyoto is dedicated to preserving Japan’s oldest traditions travellers can easily spend a week visiting the city’s historical attractions such as the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), and Sanjusangendo. All sections of the city contain more than one locale well worth a thorough visit, Notably, some of Japan’s oldest traditions, such as the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and geisha schooling originated in the city.
Trip to Nara
Japan’s first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. As Buddhism’s influence grew in the area the emperor moved the capital to Kyoto. Like Kyoto, Nara is home to some of the greatest examples of Japanese Culture and a number of world heritage sites including Kofukuji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine and the Shosoin Treasury Repository.
Visits to Osaka Castle and Kurashi no Konjaku-Kan
Students will also be given the chance to explore their host city’s history with visits to Osaka Castle and Kurashi no Konjaku-Kan (the Museum of Past and Present of the Living)
Other Cultural Activities
Participants will also participate in the following activities as part of the Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Program:
- Tea ceremony experience at Risho no mori
- Japanese Cooking Class
If you have any questions about our programs check out the frequently asked questions page, or if you would like to ask specific questions about the courses we offer feel free to contact us, we’re more than happy to help.
You can register your interest for a future program by clicking here.
Applications for YMCA Global Study January/February 2019 programs are now open. Places are limited and are usually oversubscribed. Students are encouraged to apply early to secure their spot.
The YMCA Global Study Application Process
Step 1: Apply Now
Click here to complete the online Registration and Application forms. This will give us the information we need to access your eligibility for a program. After you have completed the online application forms you will be prompted to book a time to have a telephone interview with one of our staff.
Step 2: Phone Interview
Phone interviews are usually about 15 minutes and give us a chance to talk to you about your program choice, make sure all the information we have is correct, and talk you through the rest of the application process.
Step 3: Finalising your application
Once you have completed YMCA Global Study will send you an email with instructions detailing how to finalise your application.
Step 4: Receive your acceptance pack
Once your application has been approved YMCA Global Study will send you an ‘Acceptance pack’. This pack will include important documents such as a course syllabus, acceptance letter from your Host University and advice on how to apply for credit with your home university, the pack may also include information on any funding specific to your university.
Step 5: Apply for credit and funding (if applicable)
Now you are ready to apply for credit and funding (woohoo!) – all the information you need will be in your acceptance pack
Step 6: Pay your deposit and confirm your place
Once you have paid your deposit your place on the program confirmed.
For further information about the application process check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or if you would like to ask specific questions about the courses we offer feel free to contact us.
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