Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our ‘Summer in Japan’ (SIJ hereafter) 2021 will be offered fully online. SIJ 2021 is designed to provide quality and unique learning opportunities, along with various extracurricular virtual activities.

Program Period:
Monday, July 5 – Tuesday, July 27, 2021 (Japan Time)
Application Deadline extended to:
Monday, May 10, 2021 (Japan Time)

Schedule (SAMPLE*)
*Details will be adjusted to best accommodate the different time zones of the participants.
Check out the following details and sign up now!

Opening Ceremony


1. Academic Course- Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (ILS)
While the ongoing pandemic continues to separate us socially, emotionally, and perhaps even ideologically, it is time for us to start thinking about what we can do to help overcome these challenging times. For this lecture series, by listening in and learning from the lectures by scholars of various disciplines joining from around the world, the students are encouraged to think outside the box and apply what they take away from the sessions in thinking about the possible approaches to the ongoing social, cultural, and economic challenges brought forward by the pandemic. We plan to offer a wide range of topics—some related to but not limited to Japan—so that the students may find their interests and align them with their major and career goals.
Over the course of the program, the ILS course provides 15 sessions and participants may earn 2 credits upon successful completion.

2. Language Course- Japanese Language Course (JL)
SIJ 2021 offers four levels of the Japanese Language (JL) course: Beginner, Elementary 1, Elementary 2 and Intermediate. SIJ participants will be placed in the appropriate class based on the results of the proficiency test given at the beginning.
Over the course of the program, the JL course provides 15 sessions and participants may earn 1 credit upon successful completion.

3. Virtual extracurricular activities (*subject to change)
SIJ 2021 offers a variety of extracurricular activities such as:

  • Kyushu University campus tour
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  • Virtual excursion to Fukuoka city
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  • Virtual tour of a science lab at Kyushu University
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  • Cultural exchange with local children and more

*Please note: Activity contents and designs are subject to change.

Study Trip

4. Student Tutors– One-on-one interaction and friendship
A student tutor will be assigned to each SIJ participant. These tutors are full-time, mostly undergraduate students at Kyushu University who are passionate about helping and engaging with international students. The one-on-one communication with your tutor will encourage you to practice and hone your Japanese language skills while also helping to broaden your knowledge of Japanese society and different cultures beyond Japan.

Study Trip

5. Online homestay – Optional
If you’re interested in online homestay opportunities, please consider participating in an online homestay program (for a fee). Further information will be provided after the SIJ application period.


1. Program period
From Monday, July 5 to Tuesday, July 27, 2021

2. System requirements
Computer, Internet connection, webcam, headset with microphone, and Zoom installation

3. Language of instruction
English will be the primary medium of instruction and communication for most activities of the program.

4. Eligibility requirements
Applicants are required to meet all of the following four criteria:
─ Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in degree programs at accredited higher education institutions outside Japan;
─ Hold a grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application;
─ Hold a TOEFL iBT score of 79 or higher (or the equivalent), if non-native English speaker, by the time of application; and
─ Plan to continue their degree programs at their home universities following the completion of SIJ 2021.

5. Number of participants
Approximately 15-30 participants

6. Credit transfer
The SIJ office will transfer academic credits and grades earned by the participants to the participants’ home university upon completion of the program. Please note, however, that it is the participants’ responsibility to consult with their respective home universities and seek agreement regarding credit transfer, prior to participating in SIJ.

7. Fees
44,400 JPY as tuition fee
Participants should expect additional expenses such as textbooks for Japanese Language Course.

8. Method of tuition fee payment
Overseas remittance

9. Scholarship
Kyushu University offers a limited number of scholarships to students with a strong undergraduate academic record. All applicants will be considered for the scholarship and recipients will be determined by Kyushu University. To receive the scholarship, a bank account for overseas remittance is required.

10. Application results
Successful applicants and scholarship recipients will be announced by email in 1) late April or 2) late May, 2021.

Cultural Exchange


1. Deadline extended to: Monday, May 10, 2021 (Japan Time)

2. Application materials:
─ Checklist

─ Completed SIJ Application Form FORM-1a & FORM-1b

─ A letter of recommendation FORM-2
The letter needs to be written by a faculty member (i.e. a professor) of the applicant’s home university, other than a language instructor, who is familiar with the applicant’s academic background and potential.

─ A short essay FORM-3
In this essay, applicants are required to state, in a clear and concise manner, why they wish to participate in SIJ. This essay needs to be written within 800 to 1000 words, typed in single-spaced format.

─ An official academic transcript issued in English by the applicant’s university

─ A copy of an official English test score report or Completed Statement of English Proficiency FORM-4
Non-native English speakers must submit a scanned copy of TOEFL or IELTS score sheet.
If you have studied in English for more than two years and you don’t have any TOEFL/IELTS score, please submit FORM-4 instead.

3. Submit all application documents to: sij-kyushu@jimu.kyushu-u.ac.jp


About the privacy policy of National University Corporation Kyushu University in Japan (KU), please visit the links below:

For International Students applying for Admission (including SIJ program);

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We very much look forward to receiving your application!
If you have any questions about the SIJ 2021 online program or the application procedures, please contact:
SIJ Office
International Student Exchange Division
Kyushu University
E-mail: sij-kyushu@jimu.kyushu-u.ac.jp

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