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Fall 2018: EXCHANGE Soka, Japan
September 03, 2018 - July 31, 2019 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
10/17/2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMIGS conference room, #213 Clayton Hall
10/20/2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMIGS conference room, #213 Clayton Hall
Program Notes
Students who cannot attend an interest meeting should refer to the power point at the bottom of this page for information on all semester and year-long programs in Japan (Soka and Seinan exchanges and Akita fall semester program).
Program Description
Program Overview

Spend a full year (fall and then spring semester) studying in Japan through a partnership/exchange between the University of Delaware and Soka University. Two deserving student participants each year will receive generous scholarships covering full tuition and housing for this exchange. Students will be expected to pay for their own airfare and miscellaneous living expenses.

At beautiful Soka University, located in Hachioji City, a suburb of Tokyo and home to many colleges and universities, students will engage in intensive Japanese language study, and live with other international and Japanese students in dormitories within walking distance of campus. Students will also be able to take advantage of the many student clubs and teams available on campus. Students will have the opportunity to take a course or courses their second semester in a subject other than Japanese, depending on their level of preparation.

General Info/ Student Life

Soka University is located in Hachioji, a suburb of Tokyo and major university community, and founded on the principles of humanistic education. Standing among the verdant forests of the Tama foothills, the spacious, 810,000-square meter campus represents an ideal environment for scholarship and for the fostering of genuinely capable, contributive individuals.

Soka University was launched with four departments in three faculties—the faculties of Economics, Law, and Letters (housing the departments of English Literature and Sociology). Since then, Soka University has made remarkable development in every area including the creation of the Institute of the Japanese Language, offering Japanese language instruction for international students.

Currently, Soka University's international exchange program is one of the most vigorous in Japan. The university has established exchange agreements with 161 universities in 48 countries and regions of the world as of May 2015.

More than 50,000 students have graduated from Soka University since its founding and are now making their own contributions to Japanese and international society. The present student enrollment in the university is over 8,000.

Language : English and Japanese

Calendar : The Japanese academic year begins in April, with the first semester running through July. The second (our fall) semester runs from early September through January with a short winter break in December. Students should keep in mind that they will be on break from the end of January through the beginning of April and plan accordingly. (See the Soka academic calendar here.)

Visas and Passports: All international students enrolled at Japanese universities are required to obtain a student visa for the duration of their stay in Japan . A Student Visa application can only be completed once students have received their Certificate of Enrollment from Soka University.

Transportation : There is a public transport network available, primarily rail service, through Hachioji. Many facilities on the University campus are within walking distance of each other.

Housing : On-campus housing is available and encouraged. Please note that Soka University expects exchange students interested in staying on campus to abide by the rules for communal living and also to attend group events.

The Institute for Global Studies cooperates with the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures on the administration of this program.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs
Program Courses
All students must enroll in the 0-credit course UNIV 550 (placeholder for this travel study experience) and UNIV 372 (Discovery Learning marker).
Courses are offered through two units: the Institute of Japanese Language (intensive Japanese instruction) and the Japan-Asia Studies program (mostly English instruction). Students are expected to take a combination of both types of classes. Participants will also take a placement test upon arrival at Soka University to determine their level of Japanese proficiency for placement in Japanese courses. Course levels in Japanese language range from elementary to advanced. It is the student's responsibility to secure the necessary UD transfer credit permissions upon return and to ensure that the host institution sends an official transcript to UD upon completion of coursework. Students must earn the equivalent of "C" grade or better in order for credit to transfer to UD.
Eligible students must be UD undergraduates who will have completed JAPN 107 by no later than fall semester of the current year.

If you would like to apply, please submit the following on or before the deadline:

-the online application form , and
-one recommendations from a UD professor, preferably a Japanese language instructor

Students applying for the Soka program for their final year of study must be enrolled in the Japanese Major before the application deadline
Other important things to note:
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason.
Tuition and housing costs are covered by the scholarship; no fees are paid to UD. In addition, Soka University will provide a stipend of 50,000 ¥ per month. Airfare, meals, and personal expenses are covered by the student.
All application materials are due by 5:00pm on the dates listed below:
Submit Program Application by 5pm onFebruary 15, 2018
Lisa Chieffo
Study Abroad Coordinator
Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE, 19716
Mark Miller
Faculty Director
Foreign Languages and Literatures
30 East Main Street, 327 Jastak-Burgess Hall
File Downloads
interest meeting ppt

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.

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