|Monday, June 19||
Check-in (9:30 am – 4:00 pm)
Opening Ceremony and Orientation (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm)
|Tuesday, June 20||
Placement Test (AM)
Announcement of Test Results (PM)
Welcome Party (PM)
|Wednesday, June 21||Classes begin|
|Friday, July 28||
Last day of classes and Closing Ceremony
Check-out (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
|Saturday, July 29 - Monday, July 31||
Check-out (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Program Calendar is subject to change.
The Summer Program 2023 will offer the following three elementary courses. Participants are required to take a Japanese Placement Test upon arrival at AIU. Each student will be assigned to one of the classes according to the results of the test.
|JPL 120||Elementary Japanese 120|
|JPL 125||Elementary Japanese 125|
|JPL 220||Elementary Japanese 220|
|Weekdays||Weekends & Holidays|
|9:00 am - 9:50 am||Japanese Language Class||
(field trips, events, free time, etc.**)
|10:00 am - 10:50 am||Japanese Language Class|
|11:00 am - 11:50 am||Japanese Language Class|
|12:00 pm - 1:00 pm||Lunch in the Cafeteria|
|1:00 pm - 1:50 pm||Conversation Practice*|
|2:00 pm -||Japanese Culture Workshops* etc.|
*Conversation Practice and Japanese Culture Workshops are only on scheduled weekdays.
**In their free time, participants can join AIU club/circle activities, the Foreign Language Conversation Partner Program, and Japanese Conversation Day (Themed House activities), alongside AIU Degree-seeking and regular-semester international exchange students.
The detailed schedule for the Summer Program 2023 will be posted when
Until then, please refer to the Summer Program 2019 Schedule (the most recent in-person program schedule before the COVID-19 pandemic) for planning reference.
Japanese Culture Workshops and Field Trips
Summer Program 2023 will offer culture workshops and field trips to local sites and opportunities to appreciate traditional Japanese culture. Participants in the Summer Program 2019 experienced the following culture workshops and field trips:
|Japanese Culture Workshops|
|Shodo (Calligraphy) is one of the Japanese traditional arts. Students learn how to write Kanji and Hiragana in an artistic way with a brush and India ink called sumi.|
|The Kimono, a beautiful traditional garment, is a source of pride for Japanese people. Up until the Edo period, the Kimono was worn as everyday attire by both Japanese men and women. In this program, participants will be taught how to wear summer cotton Kimono called a Yukata.|
|Sado (Tea Ceremony) is the traditional Japanese way of drinking tea in accordance with set rules of etiquette. Both the host and guests share a sense of togetherness during the tea ceremony.|
Oga Peninsula is one of the most beautiful and
famous sightseeing spots in northern Japan. In the Summer Program 2019,
students visited the following places on this trip:
Kakunodate is an old castle town located in
eastern central Akita prefecture. Kakunodate was established in 1620 by
Yoshikatsu ASHINA, the ruler of the Kakunodate area. This town has been
known for its historic samurai mansions since the Edo era and
remains popular with tourists from all over the world. It has an
atmosphere truly appropriate to its nickname of “Little Kyoto.”
The feel of traditional Japan is preserved in this quaint town.
The Summer Program 2019 students visited the following places on this trip:
Tazawako-Kakunodate TRAVEL GUIDE:
*Japanese Culture Workshops and Field trip destinations in 2023 are subject to change.
|Aikido is a Japanese martial art which does not use weapons but ki, an invisible energy that exists in nature and humans. Ki can be derived by developing proper breathing techniques.|
Exchange event with Nursing School Students
The Summer Program 2019 students were invited to an exchange event with local Nursing School students. In this event, the students enjoyed playing games and conversing in English and Japanese.
|Sitting in meditation is known as Zazen in the Zen School, with za meaning “sit" and zen meaning “meditation.” The seated posture is one of stillness and relaxation, and expresses a tranquil mind and a settled body. In the practice of zazen, one maintains the body in a position free of tension and movement, and focuses the mind on a single object of attention. This state is one of union of body and mind deepened through the relaxation and regulation of one’s breathing. During this activity, participants visited a temple near AIU for their zazen experience.|
*The optional activities in 2023 are subject to change.