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Programs, Scholarships, and Grants

Programs in Japan

Each year, several students choose to accelerate their language learning and Japanese Studies coursework by participating in study away programs in Japan. Students are encouraged to meet with the Japanese Language Coordinator to determine which program is best suited for their own interests and skill levels.

Bowdoin awards up to 4 course credits per semester, 8 credits per year for courses taken during study away. These credits count toward graduation. Credits applied towards the major are determined by individual departments.

Brief Application process

Approved Programs in Japan

“Period” indicates the Bowdoin academic period for which there is an option of equivalent duration. (F=fall, S=spring, Y=full year; letters in parentheses if restrictions exist.)

Associated Kyoto Program

Y

2-semester program based at Doshisha University in historic Kyoto. Homestays. Requires at least 1 year of Japanese language, 1 other Japan-related course, 3.0 GPA.

IES, Nagoya

F/S/Y

Based at Nanzan University’s Center for Japanese Studies. Intensive Japanese language, area studies courses taught in English. Off-site orientation, field trips. Homestay or dormitory housing.

Japan Center for Michigan Universities

F/S/Y

In Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. Beginning to advanced Japanese language, with electives in English. Homestay or apartment accommodation.

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

(F)/(S)/Y

2-semester program (limited single-semester options), managed by Columbia. Core Japanese language course; English- and Japanese-language courses in humanities and social sciences. Homestays or apartments. Requires 2 years of Japanese language.

Other Programs in Japan

Council Study Center at Sophia University

The Council on International Educational Exchange (Council) [http://www.ciee.org/] has a study abroad program at Sophia University in Tokyo. Participants have the opportunity to select from a wide variety of courses taught in English in the areas of Japanese Studies, Asian Studies, international business, economics, history, international relations, political science, art history, literature, religion, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology, in addition to Japanese language courses at a wide range of levels. To complement the course work, students visit corporations and institutions in the Tokyo area for on-site lectures, briefings, and field studies.

The Council program has a resident director who coordinates homestay placements, organizes field trips, and offers academic and personal counseling.

The program operates on the Japanese academic calendar, with fall semester (mid-September through late January), spring semester (early April through late July), and full-year programs offered. The cost (including tuition, housing and meals, and all extras) is approximately $12,000 per semester or $22,500 for the academic year.

Application for the program can be sent either directly to the Council or through the University of Connecticut (the US School of Record) for the Sophia program. The School of Record process is preferable if your own college or university will accept the credits awarded by the Sophia program (normally 16 per semester) only from a US institution.

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies (IUC), offers an intensive, 10-month program of study in advanced spoken and written Japanese. The IUC is sponsored by 16 American universities (Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Indiana, Ohio State, Princeton, Stanford, Univ Calif Berkeley, Univ Calif Los Angeles, Chicago, Univ of Hawaii, Univ of Illinois, Univ of Michigan, Univ of Washington, Univ of Wisconsin, Yale Univ) and administered by Stanford University.

Qualified candidates from any institution are invited to apply. Undergraduates, graduates, and professionals who have completed two years of college level study of Japanese, or the equivalent, are eligible. The 10-month program is intended for students embarking on careers in Japanese Studies or a profession in which fluent Japanese is necessary. The program is designed to bring each participant to a level of proficiency sufficient for academic or professional use. Training focuses on development of the ability to converse in Japanese on specialized subjects, to comprehend and deliver public presentations, and to read and write materials in Japanese in order to function professionally in academia, business, government or other fields.

For program details and applications: visit the IUC website at http://stanford.edu/dept/IUC.

KCP-International Language and Culture Program

KCP International Japanese Language School, a non-for-profit educational institution, provides intensive Japanese language immersion in Tokyo for the serious student. In the semester programs, students attend full-immersion classes at KCP’s Shinjuku campus 20 hours per week for about 11 weeks, earning one year or more of university level language credit each term. Language classes are taught in Japanese at 6 proficiency levels. With a student-teacher ratio of 11:1, classes consist of students from other parts of Asia as well as Americans and other English-speaking students. Students also enroll in a weekend Japanese-Culture and Civilization course of lectures and experiential field trips.

Terms of study are quarter, semester, academic year, and longer, plus an eight-week summer term and two new summer mini-programs. Housing is in private dormitories, in a family homestay setting or independently arranged by the student.

KCP International is a Gakko Hojin school. Gakko Hojin is a rigorous education evaluation and accreditation process overseen by the Tokyo government ministry. Student evaluations consistently praise the effectiveness, high quality of instruction, and dedication of KCP professors. Advanced KCP students regularly pass JLPT level One (the most difficult).

Academic credit is available through transcripts from one of KCP’s sponsor schools-Western-Washington University, University of Idaho, and Lincoln University. KCP International is also affiliated with Idaho State University, Elizabethtown College, The College of New Jersey, New Mexico State University, Cleveland State University, and Norfolk State University. Well over 200 colleges and universities have accepted KCP transfer credit. 

Website: http://www.kcpinternational.com/

Temple University Japan

Temple University was the first US university to establish a branch campus in Japan Founded in 1982, the Japan campus has an enrollment of 2,000 students and a faculty of 75. Located in the heart of Tokyo in Minami Azabu, Temple University Japan occupies seven floors of a new office building. Degrees are offered in a variety of majors in the social sciences and humanities. TUJ is the first post-secondary educational institution to be designated a Foreign University, Japan Campus, by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

For study-abroad students, Temple offers a curriculum centered on Japanese language but extending across a wide range of subjects. In non-language classes, US students have an opportunity to study alongside bilingual Japanese students, and to gain a wide perspective on history, culture, and society in courses taught by leading scholars of history, economics, art, film, and other subjects. Credits earned at TUJ are recorded on standard Temple University transcripts and are readily transferred to other institutions.

Website for Temple University study abroad in Japan programs:

http://www.temple.edu/studyabroad/programs/semester_year/japan/

It is also possible to enroll directly at Temple University Japan, which is the only branch campus fully accredited by the Japanese government. Information on TUJ is available on the Web at http://www.tuj.ac.jp/jp/.

Waseda University, Tokyo-School of International Liberal Studies

School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) offers a One-Year Study Abroad Program to international students. The participants from around the world can take courses with regular (4 year) SILS students in this program. SILS offers courses on a wide range of topics including Asian culture, history, society, politics, economy, geography, arts, and literature. With the exception of Japanese language classes, all courses are conducted in English. Japanese language courses range in level from elementary to pre-advanced. And from the fall semester of 2009, students who are exempted from Japanese Language courses can study in Japanese in courses offered at the Open Education Center at Waseda.

Website for Waseda University School of International Liberal Studies:

http://www.waseda.jp/sils/en/

Summer Programs

Doshisha University Summer Session: Short-term Japanese Language and Culture program

Doshisha University is located in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital. Doshisha’s Summer Session provides Japanese language courses at various levels and a wide range of Japanese culture learning experiences.

Intensive Japanese-language instruction is given in small-sized classes give days a week. Japanese Doshisha students are ready to assist participants in studying and adjustment. The system assists participants with extracurricular activities and in their daily lives.

For further information please visit the program website at:

http://cjlc.doshisha.ac.jp/ryugaku/english/studyinkyoto/front_05/

Hokkaido International Foundation Summer Intensive Japanese Language Program with a Homestay in Hakodate, Japan

The Hokkaido International Foundation offers an eight-week intensive Japanese language program combined with a homestay. In addition to the language program, students have the opportunity to study and practice traditional Japanese arts, including calligraphy, flower arrangement, tea ceremony and Kimono culture. At the end of the program, participants can often transfer the work they have done to their home institutions, usually equivalent to one year’s work of language study. Applicants should have one semester of Japanese language study or equivalent familiarity.

For more information about program, which runs from mid-June to Mid-August, please visit the website: http://www.hif.or.jp/en/

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies Summer-Program

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) (Yokohama) offers a 6-week summer language program in advanced spoken and written Japanese. The morning sessions of the IUC summer program are focused on advanced spoken Japanese and are designed to enable each participant to acquire the ability to express his or her thoughts and opinions in a correct and appropriate manner. In addition to written materials selected from the regular Center curriculum, video-based documentaries, commentaries and TV dramas are also used. Students spend one hour a day, three days a week, during the afternoon hours in supervised study using IUC computer-based Japanese language learning programs (Kanji in Context, Advanced Spoken Japanese, Formal Expressions in Japanese, or Speak Japanese Particles) which complement and expand on the materials used during the morning spoken Japanese sessions. For program details and applications, visit the IUC web page at http://www.stanford.edu/dept/IUC.

Monterey Institute of International Studies

Eight-week Summer Intensive Language Programs at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels in beautiful Monterey, California. 4-5 hours of classroom instruction per day is supplemented with language assistants and cultural activities for practice outside of the classroom.

Contact: Intensive & Custom Language Programs, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 460 Pierce Street; Monterey, CA 93940. Tel.: 831-647-4115. Faz: 831-647-3534. E-mail: slip@miis.edu

Nanzan University Intensive Japanese Language Program

Nanzan’s 6-week program offers Japanese language courses at levels ranging from pre-intermediate to pre-advanced, as well as courses in Japanese Studies and Japanese Arts. The program provides interaction with Japanese students in the Japan Plaza and through Coffee Hour activities. The dates of the program are approximately from June 8 to July 21. For more information, please visit Nanzan’s Japanese Language website at http://www.nanzan-u.ac.jp/English/cjs/.

Princeton-In-Ishikawa Summer Intensive Program of Japanese Language

Princeton in Ishikawa is an eight-week intensive Japanese language program, offering 2nd – and 3rd – year Japanese courses in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. In eight weeks, the PII program covers the equivalent of one academic year of Japanese language study at Princeton University. The program is run in cooperation with the Ishikawa Prefectural Government. For further information please visit their website at http://www.princeton.edu/pii/.

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Summer APU Gateway Program

Ritsumeikan APU, located in the hot spring capital of Beppu, on Kyushu, announces its 2011 Summer APU Gateway Program. Held during the months of June and July, the program features intensive Japanese-language courses at the beginner to intermediate levels, as well as academic courses (in English) in the colleges of Asia Pacific Studies and Asia Pacific Management. The program also features various cultural activities, APU Buddies, and an overnight fieldtrip to Nagasaki.

For more information on the Summer Gateway Program, please visit the program website:

http://www.apu.ac.jp/apuint/modules/toapu/index.php?content_id=2

Summer Session of Asian Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo

For information, contact: Summer Session of Asian Studies, Sophia Universitiy, Ichigaya Campus, 4 Yonban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 102-0081. Tel: +81-3-3238-4090 Fax: 81-3-3238-4091 Website: http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/admissions/summer

Summer Courses in Japanese at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo

ICU’s six-week intensive course offers language classes from beginning to advanced levels. The program takes place from early July to mid-August. All classes are equivalent to university courses carrying 6 units of academic credit. Instruction takes palce in the mornings; in the afternoons, students are free to pursue undivisual laboratory work, consult with teachers, or participate in the Culture Program, which features guest speakers on issues both contemporary and traditional, opportunities to practice traditional arts, excursions to scenic and cultural sites, and a Japanese film program. A letter of Certification is provided, which usually translates to academic units at the student’s home institution. For more information, please visit the website http://subsite.icu.ac.jp/scj/scj/home.html

Waseda-Oregon Summer Japanese Program

The Waseda Summer Japanese Program is held at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, from approximately July 10 to approximately August 20. This annual program is an accelerated six-week language course for university-level students of Japanese. Four levels of language study are offered, along with workshops on Japanese for Specific Purposes. All majors are welcome to apply. Students who complete the course can receive 8 semester hours of credit through Portland State University, Oregon. For further information, please visit http://www.waseda-oregon.org/index.php/waseda-oregon-programs/summer-japanese.

Grants and Scholarships to Study in Japan

Following is a list of scholarship opportunities for study abroad in Japan. Deadlines and qualifications vary; please click on the links for more information and then discuss with Japanese Language Coordinator.

Blakemore Asian Language Fellowships

Scholarships for advanced language training for students planning to pursue careers related to Asia.
Contact: Griffith Way, Trustee
Blakemore Foundation
1201 Third Avenue, 40th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Tel: 206-583-8778
Fax: 206-583-8500
Website: http://www.blakemorefoundation.org

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East,. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and the fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Maximum scholarship awards are: $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. Please visit the web site for the application deadline at http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/.

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

Administered by the Association of Teachers of Japanese and funded by donations from American businesses and foundations, these scholarships offer stipends of $2,500 and $4,000 to American undergraduate students studying abroad in Japan on semester- or year-long programs. Applications are received twice a year, in April and October. Since 1999, more than 1,000 students have been funded for study in Japan.

Contact: ATJ Bridging Project
366 UCB
1424 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309-0366
Tel: 303-492-5487
Fax: 303-492-5856

Website: http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships.html

College Women's Association of Japan - Undergraduate Scholarships for Non-Japanese Women

For non-Japanese women studying Japanese language, humanities and liberal arts.
Contact: CWAJ Scholarship NJW
Lion's Garden Ikedayama #312
5-22-2 Higashi Gotanda
Shinagawa-ku
Tokyo 141 JAPAN

Critical Language Scholarships

The United States Department of State has added Japanese to the list of languages included in its Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in critical-need foreign languages. Critical Language Scholarships provide group-based summer intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection. Levels available for Japanese are Intermediate or advanced level. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Applicants must be US citizens, and must be enrolled in a US degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Website for information and applications: http://www.CLScholarship.org.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. In academic year 2011-2012, 242 American students from 30 Bachelor’s institutions have awarded. All applicants enrolled in U.S. institutions must apply through their home campuses. Please find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus. Bowdoin administers an internal deadline that falls in early to mid-September.

For details, please visit the website: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

Foundation for Asia Pacific Education

The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education is a non-profit organization located in Denver, Colorado, whose mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences within the Asia Pacific region. The Foundation awards scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience in any of 32 countries of the Asia Pacific region. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority. Applications for four different categories of scholarships are accepted three times a year (deadlines are December 31, April 30, and August 31); scholarships are in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000. Applicants must be enrolled in a North American college or university where transfer credits from a program abroad will be applied to the degree being earned.

Website for information and application forms: www.asiapacificfoundation.org.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

The Freeman-ASIA program provides financial support to American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad for academic credit during the summer, semester or academic year in one of 15 countries/regions in East and Southeast Asia, including Japan. Award amounts vary from $3,000 - $7,000 depending on the length of study. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Upon their return to the U.S., students are required to promote study in Asia by sharing their experiences with peers on their home campuses and in their communities.

More information is available on the program website at www.iie.org/freeman-asia .

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Undergraduate Study Abroad

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education, this program enables students who have limited financial means the opportunity to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue country-based semester or academic-year long study opportunities abroad. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba. For more information, full eligibility criteria, application deadlines and the online application please access the Gilman Program website at www.iie.org/gilman .

Information on deadlines and application forms are available at http://www.iie.org/gilman.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Scholarships for international study for students who show great leadership ability, are interested in government and intend to go to graduate school.

Contact: Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
712 Jackson Place NW
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: 202-395-4831
Fax: 319-337-1204
Website: http://www.truman.gov

IES Achievement Scholarships

The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Achievement Scholarship Program is open to students who will be studying on an IES program and have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or above. IES merit scholarships range from $500 to 50% off the IES program fee. Applications and application requirements can be found at http://www.iesabroad.org/info/finaid.html.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowships

JSPS is an independent administrative institution, established for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. As a Japanese national core funding agency, JSPS carries out a variety of programs, including funding research, fostering researchers, and promoting international scientific cooperation. For more information on JSPS's activities and fellowship program, please visit http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/.

Japan Student Services Organization Scholarship (JASSO)

Students who have been accepted to the Japan Study Program (Full Academic Year only) are eligible for the Japan Student Services Organization Scholarship (JASSO). This scholarship, funded by the Japanese government, is awarded to two or three Japan Study students every year, based entirely on student financial need. Application is made through the Japan Study office. For more detail, please visit http://www.jasso.go.jp/index_e.html.

Monbukagakusho Scholarships

The Japanese Government Ministry of Education and Science (Monbukagakusho) is offering four types of scholarships for the 2003 or 2004 academic year. The Monbukagakusho scholarships will enable foreign students from 110 countries to study and research a broad range of topics in Japan. For applications and deadlines please contact the Consulate General of Japan nearest you.

(1)The Japanese Studies Scholarship is a one-year scholarship for university students who wish to pursue Japanese Studies. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students outside Japan at the time of applying and must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when they return to their home countries. Applicants must also be US nationals, over 18 and under 30 years of age as of September 1, 2003, specializing in a field related to the Japanese language or Japanese culture as either a major or minor. Applicants must also have a good knowledge of the Japanese language.

(2)The Research Student Scholarship is available to university or college graduates who have completed 16 years of education. The area of research must be related to the applicant's undergraduate major. Applicants must also be US nationals, be under 35 years of age as of April 1, 2004, and have a high-level of Japanese proficiency. Those applicants with less than a college-level of Japanese proficiency will be asked to participate in a six-month language course in Japan prior to research.

(3)The Senshu Gakko Scholarship is for students who wish to study at Japanese technical or professional schools beginning in the academic year 2004. The term of these scholarships is for three years, from April 2004 through March 2007. One year of Japanese language study is followed by two years of study in the chosen field. Applicants must be US nationals in good health, at least eighteen years and less than twenty-two years of age as of April 1, 2004, and must have completed a twelve year regular course of school training or equivalent before the term of the scholarship begins. Applicants must study the Japanese language and will receive technical training in Japanese. Fields of study available include, but are not limited to: Civil Engineering, Architecture, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecommunications, Nutrition, Infant Education, Secretarial Studies, Hotel Management, Tourism, Fashion/Dressmaking, Design, Photography.

(4)The scholarship for In-Service Training for Teachers is offered to teachers who wish to study at Japanese universities for professional improvement. Applicants must be under 35 years of age as of October 1, 2003, and be willing to study Japan from October 2003 to March 2005 at a university selected by the Monbukagakusho. In principle, applicants must be university or teacher training college graduates and must work as teachers in primary or secondary schools, or on the staff at teacher training institutions who have at least 5-years experience in their terms of service. University academic staff members are not eligible.

For information regarding the any of the four scholarships listed above, please contact the Consulate General of Japan nearest you.

National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Government-funded scholarships for study in areas of the world outside western Europe, Canada, and Australia. Recipients are required to fulfill a service requirement by working in higher education or for the US government. Application available online. The national deadline for applications is usually in mid February. However, most campuses have a local representative to assist with the application process. Contact your university's study abroad office to find out if your campus has an earlier deadline.

Contact: 1400 K St. NW Suite 650
Washington, D.C. 20005
Tel: 202-326-7711, 1-800-618-6737
Fax: 202-326-7698
Website:http://www.borenawards.org/

Reitaku Foundation of America

Two full scholarships to study for one year at Reitaku University near Tokyo.

Contact: Reitaku Foundation of America
5335 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202-537-7423
Fax: 202-537-7455
E-mail: ricejp@erols.com.

The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship

The Ambassadorial Scholarships program helps further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

Contact: Scholarships Program Supervisor
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Web site:http://rotary.org

Sankei Grants for Non-Japanese Students

Scholarships for students of advanced level Japanese to study in Japan.

Contact: The Sankei Shimbun
Sankei Media Services
1-7-2, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-77 JAPAN
Tel: 011-81-3-3275-8696

Internships and Jobs

The International Association of Students in Economics and Commerce (AIESEC-US)

AIESEC is a global organization of students founded after WWII in hopes of breaching cultural misunderstanding. AIESEC provides youth with leadership opportunities and most importantly, international exchange and short and long-term internship opportunities.

ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellowships

The program provides up to $5,000 for each faculty member and up to $5,000 for each student. The student researcher and the faculty mentor both will go to Asia to explore a common scholarly interest and share a cultural experience. The primary aim of this program is to support student research in Asia under close supervision of a faculty mentor. It seeks to promote the academic and professional development of the paired student and faculty with the expectation that they will share their findings and experiences with their campus community and with ASIANetwork.

Institute of International Public Policy

The IIPP Fellowship program provides students with specially designed education and training experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers. Students are recruited from across the nation and apply as sophomores to participate in a multi-year sequence of summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships, and graduate study, complemented by career development services along the way. UNCFSP is aided in the student recruitment effort by its institutional partners and distinguished selection panels comprised of practitioners, academics, graduate school admissions directors, foundation executives, and IIPP alumni.

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

Positions are available in industry, research institutes and universities, consulting firms, labs, and other work environments. Most placements are for 8-12 weeks during the summer, but longer term placements are also available throughout the year. Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 30 and currently enrolled Full-time in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at the time of application. While most positions only require English, foreign language skills are preferred.

Japan America Society

Check with your local Japan America society for job openings in your area.

The JET Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program)

The JET Program is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. It is one of the largest cultural exchange programs in the world. Applicants apply in the fall at their local Japanese Consulate for one-year placements as an Assistant Language Teacher or Coordinator for International Relations.

Kiyosato-Educational-Experiment-Project/Brian Kane Fellowship of Yamanashi prefecture’s Yatsugatake regions

The program is a one-year contractual, paid position (with the possibility of renewal), consists of two main duties: teaching English to junior high school students and adults and working in the International Relations Department at KEEP. ¥250,000 monthly stipend, housing provided.

Monbukagakusho Scholarship program

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers the following scholarships for continued study in Japan including Research, Teacher Training, and the Young Leaders Program.

Pasona Internship Program

The Pasona Internship Program allows outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a two-month internship at a Japanese company. The internship provides the student with valuable opportunities to learn Japanese business practices and to receive on-the-job-training. Airfare, monthly stipend, free accommodations, paid travel within Japan is included in this summer internship.

Peace Corps

Peace Corps service is a life-defining leadership experience. Volunteers serve in 76 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.

Rotary Peace Fellowship Program

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict through their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. Individuals applying immediately after obtaining an undergraduate degree are generally not strong candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships.

United Nations Volunteer Program

Every year, about 7,500 qualified and experienced women and men of around 160 nationalities serve as UN volunteers in some 130 countries. They are professionals who play key roles contributing to peace and making an impact on development results. Qualifications include: a university degree or higher technical diploma; two years of relevant working experience; at least age 25 when taking up an assignment (there is no upper age limit); good working knowledge in at least one of the three UNV working languages: English, French and Spanish.

Teaching English in Japan

ELT (English Language Teaching) News

Provides a listing of English language teaching positions from employers all over Japan

Find Students

Matches students to teachers for private English lessons.

GABA

GABA hires native speakers for one-to-one English conversation teaching. Positions are in cities, and clients are mostly professionals looking to improve business communication, although there are some children, students and others.

Gaijin Pot

A listing of jobs, apartments, and other help for foreigners living in Japan.

Interac (English Language and Culture Training Network)

Interac hires Assistant Language Teachers and Language Consultants for job placements all over Japan, with native speakers for several different languages. It is the largest private ALT company. Employees work with local education boards and teach at elementary, middle, and high schools.

Japan ALT

Includes FAQs about living and working in Japan, job listings, and a question and answer forum.

Japan English Teacher

Lists English teaching jobs from all over Japan.

The JET Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program)

The JET Program is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. It is one of the largest cultural exchange programs in the world. Applicants apply in the fall at their local Japanese Consulate for one-year placements as an Assistant Language Teacher or Coordinator for International Relations.

Jobs in Japan

Lists English-related jobs in Japan, including English teaching, but also other forms of employment.

O-Hayo Sensei

A free electronic newsletter that lists all kinds of English teaching positions at conversation schools, universities, jukus, colleges, public schools and companies all across Japan. Also includes some non-teaching, but otherwise English-related jobs.