2018 Awards

Category I Awards 

Gold Award

Category I Gold Award Certificate and

A cash award of $300

A scholarship to study in an eight-week summer intensive Japanese language course at Nanzan University

One round trip airfare from Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), or Seattle to Nagoya, Japan* 

A stipend in the amount of $3300*

Silver Award

Category I Silver Award Certificate and

A cash award of $200

Bronze Award

Category I Bronze Award Certificate and

A cash award of $100

Category II Awards

Gold Award

Category II Gold Award Certificate and

A cash award of $300

A scholarship to study in a six-week summer intensive Japanese language course at the Naganuma School

One round trip airfare from Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), or Seattle to Tokyo, Japan*

A stipend and housing subsidy in the amount of $2700*

Silver Award

Category II Silver Award Certificate and

A cash award of $200

Bronze Award

Category II Bronze Award Certificate and

A cash award of $100

Category III Awards

Gold Award

Category III Gold Award Certificate and

A scholarship to study in a six-week summer intensive Japanese language course at International Christian University (ICU)

One round trip airfare from Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), or Seattle to Tokyo, Japan*

A stipend and housing subsidy in the amount of $2700*

Silver Award

Category III Silver Award Certificate and

A cash award of $200

Bronze Award

Category III Bronze Award Certificate and

A cash award of $100

*awarded only if the winner actually attends the above summer program for the designated length of time.  

Assigned Institutions

The three assigned institutions for the Gold Awards are Nanzan Universitythe Naganuma School, and International Christian University (ICU), 

About Nanzan University

Established in 1946, Nanzan University is a leading private university located in Nagoya, Japan. Its Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) was established at Nanzan over forty years ago, and its comprehensive program encompasses not only language related studies but also courses in area studies as well as courses in traditional arts. In addition to CJS’s dedicated language teachers, specialists from the social sciences and the humanities from the University’s regular faculties contribute to the teaching in CJS. The main goal of the CJS is to offer intensive Japanese language and culture courses so that students can develop fluency in Japanese and also deepen their understanding of Japan’s culture. By offering various content courses, the CJS also aims to increase students’ ability to think critically and express their opinions about a range of global issues.

Summer Japanese Program at NanzanThe CJS is now offering an intensive summer program of the same quality as its rigorous regular Japanese program. The program now accommodates more students for up to eight weeks. It is made up of three courses; 8-Week Intensive Japanese, 4-Week Intensive Japanese+4-Week Internship and 4-Week Intensive Japanese.

About the Naganuma School

The Naganuma School, a well-known Japanese language school in Japan, was founded in 1948 by Naoe Naganuma. Originally, almost all the students were missionaries and diplomats from America. Currently, approximately 600 students from 50 countries study at the school. The Naganuma School is located in Nampeidai-cho, a historically and culturally rich area in Shibuya Ward, and is surrounded by many embassies.

The Naganuma School utilizes the “Naganuma Method” (a systemized Q&A method) which was developed by its founder. The method is used for all levels, from the Beginning level all the way through to the Superior, to build up communicative Japanese language skills.

The Naganuma School has been highly acclaimed not only for successful 70 years of language education, but the high quality of teaching method as well as its teaching staff.

About International Christian University (ICU)

International Christian University (ICU) holds as its mission the establishment of an academic tradition of freedom and reverence based on Christian ideals as well as the cultivation of internationally minded citizens who perform service to God and humankind and make contributions to lasting peace. The Japanese Language programs (JLP) have been an integral element of the University since the latter’s founding in 1953 and was the first such program to be offered for credit in Japan. The programs have two fundamental academic objectives: to equip students with i) the requisite skills, in both their academic and social activities both on and off campus, to be able to conduct a meaningful student life in communion with others; and ii) the Japanese linguistic ability upon graduation or at the conclusion of their studies at ICU commensurate with making a significant contribution to society whether within Japan or overseas.

ICU Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ)The SCJ is a 6-week intensive language program. With eight levels of entry, from beginners to advanced, the syllabus is the same as that offered during our regular year-long program. The program regularly attracts about 100 students from some 20 countries and is complemented by a program of cultural events, including tea ceremony, introduction to Zen meditation, Japanese dance, etc.

Breaking News!

Commemorating its 30th anniversary, JCAW will offer a special award of $150 to the mentor of each Gold Award winner. Professors, encourage your students to apply!

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