Sponsor Schools

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.


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 Divisions, from the Beginning Division all the way through to the Superior, to build up communicative Japanese language skills.

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


Nanzan University

Founded in 1946 as a college of foreign languages, Nanzan University has grown into one of the most prestigious universities in the Tokai region, with 8 faculties, 6 graduate schools, as well as the Center for Japanese Studies. Nanzan is home to approximately 10,000 students, including over 300 international students.

Nanzan University building

Since 1974, over 10,000 students have learned to communicate fluently and confidently in Japanese at the world-renowned Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University. Students can develop their language skills in the Intensive Japanese Program or focus on developing their understanding of Japan in the Modern Japan Program.

The CJS runs two semesters during the year: Fall semester (September to December) and Spring semester (January to May). In addition, our popular intensive Summer Program is offered in June and July each year. We accommodate students in dormitories or with a local family through our homestay program.

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