APPROXIMATE PROGRAM FEE: $4,245
The Program Fee includes tuition and program expenses. Click on Program Fee for details.
International airfare and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee and are the responsibility of the participant.
Depending on the location of the host family, students may also need to purchase a bus/rail pass.
In addition to CGE application, you must also submit the following documents: Momoyama Application Form, 3 additional passport size photos, Completed Placement Exam (please see Program Officer), and Buddy Program Application (optional).
ELIGIBILITY: This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University, who have completed the equivalent of Japanese 110. Minimum GPA of 2.25 also required.
Class level will be determined by placement exam that is due with application form.
In addition to the CGE Study Abroad Application Form, you must also submit the following documents: Momoyama Application Form, 3 additional passport-size photos, Completed Placement Exam (see Program Officer), and Buddy Program Application (optional).
Undergraduate: 6 credits
Students will earn Japanese credits. Currently seeking approval to offer credit for: Japanese 210, 250, 330, and 331. Class level will be determined by placement exam that is due with application form.
Home stays with local Japanese families
Day trips to Kyoto and Nara!
CONTACT: Joelle Williams via email or by calling 703.993.2161 or toll free at 866.468.1243. The toll free number does not accept calls from the 703 or 571 area code.
Professor Michiko Saito
Konnichiwa! Why not study Japanese language and culture this summer abroad in an authentic setting while living with a Japanese family for four weeks?
This summer program will take place at Momoyama Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan and is designed for students who wish to have the opportunity to intensively study the Japanese language and culture in a full-immersion environment. Students must have either completed JAPA 110 or its equivalency to be eligible for participation. Students who have not studied Japanese since high school, should talk to their program officer for more information.
Momoyama Gakuin University, pictured above, is where this summer's Japanese language program will be held.
"By being surrounded by the language and culture and taking intensive language classes, both your Japanese language skills as well as your understanding of culture will improve dramatically."
--Elyse (pictured below), GMU Student Participant on CGE's 2010 Japanese Summer Language Program
Four weeks and six credits, plus the opportunity to live with a local family ensures that you will return home with a greater understanding of the Japanese people and a stronger grasp on the Japanese language.
Program participants will attend either elementary or intermediate-level Japanese language classes every day at Momoyama Gakuin University where they will be instructed by local faculty. After their language classes, students will attend cultural lectures and various cultural activities in the afternoons. Some past cultural programs included a tea ceremony, calligraphy, kimono-wearing (as pictured below), and flower arranging. Please download the tentative schedule available on the left of this page to get an idea of the proposed schedule.
Prior to her teaching career, Professor Saito worked for the Japanese media in both Tokyo and Washington D.C. for more than 15 years. She has extensive experience researching the U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship and has produced several news and documentary films for Japanese networks. After becoming a mother, Professor Saito resigned from her job with the media. As a mother of a bilingual child, she realized the importance of language education and decided to be a Japanese instructor. She loves to travel all over the world with her husband and son and is excited to be leading her first program with the Center for Global Education this summer.
Student Getting Dressed in Traditional Summer Kimono, or Yukata
Professor Michiko Saito is a Japanese language professor with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. She has been teaching at George Mason University since 2003 and also teaches at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. Professor Saito received her Bachelor’s degree from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan and her Master’s from the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive at Osaka International Airport in Osaka, Japan for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Osaka, Japan for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.
Do not purchase international airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.
- Two meals per day
- Accommodations in home stays with local Japanese families
- Cultural excursions and associated transportation fees
- Airport transfers
- Japanese national health insurance
- Pre-departure orientation and materials
- Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.
*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.