Japanese Studies Department Information

The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) promotes and disseminates research on Japan, fosters communication among diverse disciplines, and encourages new approaches in the understanding of Japan and its place in the world. Founded in 1947, CJS is the oldest interdisciplinary center in the United States devoted exclusively to Japanese Studies. CJS is also part of the University of Michigan's U.S. Department of Education Title VI East Asia National Resource Center, along with the Center for Chinese Studies and the Nam Center for Korean Studies. The Center supports a community of over forty Japan area specialists who teach and pursue research in the University's various departments and professional schools.

The Center for Japanese Studies offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of Japan at the Master's level. Undergraduates may pursue Japanese Studies through the Asian Studies concentration or Asian Studies academic minor of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Overseas Study

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) is an undergraduate academic year program in Kyoto co-sponsored by fourteen universities in the United States, including the University of Michigan. This center, developed in cooperation with Kyoto University, opened in September of 1989. The program provides a select group of undergraduates and graduating seniors with an academically challenging course of study in Japanese language and culture. Prerequisites: at least two years of prior enrollment in Japanese language courses at the college level (five hours per week minimum). A limited number of students may be admitted for single semester study in the fall or spring. Applications are available from the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS). KCJS also offers a six-week intensive summer program in advanced and classical Japanese for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students who have completed three years of Japanese or equivalent. Application deadline: March 1. For more information and application, see kcjssummer.columbia.edu.

The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is an opportunity for undergraduates currently enrolled at the University of Michigan to study Japanese language, society, and culture in Japan. Located in Shiga Prefecture, on Lake Biwa (near Kyoto and Osaka), the JCMU offers academic courses and programs for university credit. The program is open to undergraduates from any of the fifteen state-supported universities in Michigan, as well as students from Shiga Prefecture. Prerequisites: applicants must have been enrolled full-time for at least one year at one of the state-supported universities in Michigan. Applicants must apply through their home institution. Applications are available from the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS).

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) in Yokohama, Japan offers advanced intensive Japanese language training in a 10-month academic year program and a six-week summer program for select undergraduate and graduate students. The Center's program is intended for students who are embarking on careers in Japanese studies or a profession in which fluent Japanese is necessary. The program is designed to bring each student to a level of proficiency sufficient for academic or professional use. Applicants to the 10-month program must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program or graduating seniors who plan to enroll in a graduate program upon completion. They should have completed at least two years of college-level Japanese prior to application, and must pass a proficiency test. Applicants to the summer program must demonstrate a clear intent to pursue a professional or academic career requiring the use of Japanese, and have successfully completed two to three years of college-level Japanese. Application deadline: January 13 (10-month); March 15 (summer). For more information and application, see www.stanford.edu/dept/IUC/index.html.

Undergraduate Support

Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

East Asia National Resource Center (EANRC), jointly administered by the Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for Japanese Studies and the Nam Center for Korean Studies, offers the Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for undergraduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents.  Funded by a grant from the US Department of Education and supplemental funding the three constituent area studies centers of EANRC, these fellowships provide full tuition, mandatory fees and stipend for fellows to enroll in an approved summer intensive language program that teaches the equivalent of one academic year of an East Asian language as taught at the University of Michigan.  Programs must be at least six weeks in length and have minimum classroom instruction time of 140 hours for intermediate language level and 120 hours for advanced level.  Fellows must be at the intermediate (2nd year) or advanced (3rd year or above) language level, and students at the advanced level are given preference.  Fellows who receive funding to enroll in intermediate level must complete both terms of third year language in the academic year immediately following the summer program.  Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Tibetan are pre-approved languages; additional less commonly taught languages spoken in East Asia may be approved by petition.  Fellows are selected on the basis of academic merit in an annual competition.  For more information and application, please go to the FLAS website at www.ii.umich.edu/flas/.  Application deadline: February 1.

CJS Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship

Center for Japanese Studies offers a limited number of scholarships for undergraduates who participate in a study abroad program to Japan.  Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate students in any school or college, and must participate in a in a study abroad academic program that is sponsored by CGIS or another school or college of the University of Michigan and that results in academic credit.  Independent research, internships, and volunteer activities are not eligible.  Scholarships of up to $1,500 each are awarded in an annual competition on the basis of academic merit.  For more information and application, please see the CJS website under Academics, Student Funding, UG Study Abroad Scholarship.  Application deadline: March 15 for travel to Japan between May 1 and April 30.

Ito Foundation Scholarship

Center for Japanese Studies nominates University of Michigan students for scholarships awarded by the Ito Foundation for International Education Exchange, based in Tokyo, Japan.  The Ito Foundation Scholarship provides tuition, stipend, and round-trip travel to Japan for up to two years of enrollment in a graduate degree program at a Japanese university or a program of independent research affiliated with a Japanese university or university research consortium.  Scholarship recipients must be US citizens or permanent residents.  Currently enrolled graduate students, graduating seniors and UM alumni who received their bachelor's degree within the last twelve months are eligible to apply.  Students are nominated to the Ito Foundation by the Center for Japanese Studies; the foundation's Board of Directors selects the scholarship recipient.  Application deadline: November 15.

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