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About the Japan Program

 
Aquinas College is proud to partner with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, located on the shore of Lake Biwa in the City of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Students have the option to participate either semester or for the full academic year and can earn 12-14 credit hours per semester toward a Japanese minor. The Japanese language program is taught at four different levels, from beginning to advanced. Each level is designed to advance language proficiency through the combination of in-class instruction and outside activities. The language program as a whole aims to produce students who can communicate effectively in a variety of socio-cultural contexts both in spoken and written Japanese.
 
Academics
A tea ceremony at JCMU
Courses for this program are centered on Japanese Language and Culture; four levels of intensive language training are offered, ranging from beginning to advanced. Students will be enrolled in Japanese language courses in addition to a Japanese Culture and Society class. Additional elective courses are offered each semester. Japanese Language courses are held in the mornings, Monday through Thursday; elective courses are offered in the afternoons, Monday through Thursday. In conjunction with the language curriculum, cultural activities such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arranging, etc. are held every Friday morning.
 

Excursions

Each semester, the students will travel on a JCMU-sponsored trip to a selected cultural destination. Additionally, students are encouraged to organize mini-excursions to places of cultural/historical importance. Students can be reimbursed for the mini-excursion expenses upon submitting proof of travel and an essay reflection or presentation on their trip. As there are no scheduled semester breaks, students are encouraged to arrive early or stay after the program if they wish to travel extensively throughout Japan.
 
Housing
Students are encouraged to live with host families in order to augment their cultural experience while abroad. However, students also have the option of living in a two-student apartment located in a residence hall on the JCMU campus.
 
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