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Studying in & Visiting Japan

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Below is a collection of information on Japan experiences. Whether looking to study abroad, be a part of an exchange program or experience a piece of Japan closer to home, we hope you’ll find something to help connect you to the Land of the Rising Sun! If you know of a program not listed below or have questions, please contact us at info@jascolorado.org. We may not have specific information on each of the below-listed programs, but we will do our best to help you get connected whenever possible.

*JASC does not support or endorse all the programs listed below; these are simply a list of programs that we are aware of.


JASC Programs

JASC’s Rikai Scholarship for studying abroad in Japan

The staff and Board of Directors of Japan American Society of Colorado recognize the great value in a quality study abroad experience. Therefore, JASC is happy to offer the Rikai Scholarship to one qualified applicant. Through this scholarship, we hope to make this experience a reality for one Colorado university student per year. 

The word "rikai" or 理解 means understanding.  It is through personal connections that we can truly understand one another.

Applications are typically due in late spring. The recipient may use the scholarship for travel and/or living expenses related to a university-sponsored study abroad program. For more details, please click HERE.

Japan in the Schools

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JASC is happy to bring Japan to your school through its Japan in the Schools Program. JASC’s JiS Program Manager will provide a presentation on Japan’s culture and language to classrooms in the Metro Denver and Boulder areas. This FREE program helps JASC fulfill its mission of connecting Japan and Colorado by providing education on Japan to school children. This program is geared towards elementary students, but can, on occasion, be applied to middle school aged students.

Japan in the Schools presentations include fun activities and opportunities for children to interact with Japanese cultural items, learn some basic Japanese phrases and travel to Japan through a series of images relating to school children in the Land of the Rising Sun. Presentations last about 1 hour and are tailored to kindergarten through 5th graders. Middle schools may contact us with requests, but will be evaluated on a case by case basis.


Colorado Sister City/ Friendship City Exchange Programs

Some of these programs do not have an online presence, as they are nearly completely volunteer-run. If you have problems finding a contact for any of the below listed programs, please contact us at info@jascolorado.org and we will do our best to connect you.

Denver-Takayama Exchange Program

Greeley-Moriya Exchange Program

Longmont-Chino Exchange Program

Vail - Yamanouchi Exchange Program

Aspen-Shimupakku Exchange Program

Boulder-Yamagata Exchange Program

Broomfield-Ueda Exchange Program

Colorado Springs - Fujiyoshida Exchange Program


Programs in Japan

Temple University Japan Campus (TUJ)

Temple University has been a long-time supporter of JASC’s educational programs. Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is the oldest and largest foreign university in Japan. Founded in 1982, TUJ has developed into a nationally recognized institution offering an extensive range of educational programs. In addition to its core undergraduate program, TUJ offers graduate programs in lawbusiness, and education; an English-language preparation programcontinuing education courses; and corporate education classes. The also offer a variety of summer high school programs as well as summer education camps for youth. Their Japan Campus is located in Tokyo.

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International Christian University: United States Scholars Initiative

The United States Scholars Initiative (USSI) aims to increase the number of international, degree-seeking undergraduate students from the United States at ICU in Tokyo. This merit-based scholarship provides full-tuition support for 4 years of undergraduate study at ICU. Applicants must be US citizens and have completed high school in the United States. They must also demonstrate an interest in Japan, the Japanese language and the liberal arts. Students can choose from over 30 majors. Click HERE for the 2019 flyer.

John Manjiro-Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange: Japan-America Grassroots Summit

The Japan-America Grassroots Summit is an annual large-scale meeting of Japanese and American citizens, held alternately in Japan and America. It celebrates the historic friendship between Nakahama Manjiro and Captain William Whitfield who rescued the marooned Manjiro in 1841 and shared his own home with him. Later, Manjiro’s rare command of English and salutary experience in America became pivotal to the Japan/US relationship after Perry’s arrival in 1853.

Each year, Japanese prefectures and American states alternate as hosts for about a week, sharing their homes their communities. Registration limits up to 100 participants on a first-come, first serve basis. The guests and hosts make meaningful memories together in the spirit of omotenashi (uninhibited hospitality and friendship). This is a unique way to have a homestay experience together as a family! Singles are also welcome. The 2019 Summit will be held in Hyogo-Himeji, Japan. The 2020 Summit will be held in Philadelphia, PA. You can direct questions to manjiro@us-japan.org or 202-429-5545.

Key details for the Grassroots Summit 2019 in Hyogo-Himeji:

  • Travel Dates: June 24 - July 1 (can be extended)

  • Cost: Around $2,800, flight, meals, hotels, and home-stay included

  • Registration Deadline: May 5

Sendagaya Japanese Institute

Established in 1975, SJI offers a wide variety of courses designed to meet different learning needs and goals of its students. They offer the Everyday Course (short-term), Summer Course with cultural activities, Business Japanese Course, JLPT Prep Course, etc. Their campus is located in Tokyo. For more information see their School Information Booklet or visit their website.

 Ayusa Japan Abroad

Ayusa was established in San Francisco in 1980 and in Tokyo 1985, and have been organizing study abroad opportunities for young language and culture learners ever since. They offer a variety of program lengths and types including summer camp for high school juniors and seniors and a more traditional study abroad program for high school students. Programs lengths include summer, semester or trimester. Click HERE for a brief video introducing the highlights of the Summer Camp in Japan program and click HERE to see their 2020 Summer Camp Brochure.

Human Academy Japanese Language School

Founded in 1985, they now have campuses in Osaka, Tokyo and Saga. Human Academy’s main role is to support foreign students who are preparing to enter Japanese universities. They focus on helping students pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and pass university entrance exams in Japan. They also provide corporate Japanese language education.

The Naganuma School

Founded in 1948, The Naganuma School is located in Shibuya, Tokyo with approximately 600 students representing about 50 countries and over 100 teachers. They offer a variety of Japanese language programs including summer/ winter short programs, a Japanese business course, university and graduate school prep, private lessons, JLPT prep course, etc. They also have offices in Washington, DC and Dallas Texas for inquiries, etc.


Programs in the US

Stanford Program on International and Cross-cultural Education

The Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) is an online course for high school students sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). Named in honor of former Ambassador to Japan Edwin O. Reischauer, the RSP annually selects 25–30 exceptional high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the United States to engage in an intensive study of Japan. Selected students participate in the online course on Japan from February to June of each year.

Keio Academy of New York Summer Program

Located in Purchase, NY (30 miles north of NYC), this program accepts 75 junior high and high school students for this bi-cultural, 2-week summer boarding experience. They welcome students of any Japanese/English language ability, from the beginner to advanced level. Keio Academy provides an enriching bilingual and bicultural immersion experience in English and Japanese. In addition to language classes, students choose from one of their electives in literature, history, art, or culture. Camp is typically in late July/ early August.

John Manjiro-Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange: Japan-America Grassroots Summit

The Japan-America Grassroots Summit is an annual large-scale meeting of Japanese and American citizens, held alternately in Japan and America. It celebrates the historic friendship between Nakahama Manjiro and Captain William Whitfield who rescued the marooned Manjiro in 1841 and shared his own home with him. Later, Manjiro’s rare command of English and salutary experience in America became pivotal to the Japan/US relationship after Perry’s arrival in 1853.

Each year, Japanese prefectures and American states alternate as hosts for about a week, sharing their homes their communities. Registration limits up to 100 participants on a first-come, first serve basis. The guests and hosts make meaningful memories together in the spirit of omotenashi (uninhibited hospitality and friendship). This is a unique way to have a homestay experience together as a family! Singles are also welcome. The 2019 Summit will be held in Hyogo-Himeji, Japan. The 2020 Summit will be held in Philadelphia, PA.