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Courses at the School in Japan

Students at the Middlebury School in Japan will take a combination of Japanese Language Program courses through our partner institution, Middlebury classes with their cohort taught by Middlebury faculty, and, in the winter and spring trimesters, a direct enrollment course at the university.

Japanese Language Program
Japanese Language Program (JLP) courses are taught by local faculty at our partner institution, International Christian University (ICU).  The courses taken will depend on the results of the placement test administered by ICU. Students who have completed two years of formal instruction in an American university will generally place between Level 3 (intermediate) and Level 8 (advanced).

Course descriptions and syllabi for Japanese Language Program (JLP) courses are available here. When the page opens, choose the appropriate year/term combination for the term you will be abroad. Note that the fall term at ICU is 第二学期 (i.e., the Second Trimester) while the spring term is 第一学期 (i.e., the First Trimester).

Middlebury Program Courses
Program Participants are also required to enroll in courses offered by Middlebury faculty. Course syllabi for these courses are available below:

Cultural Portfolio - Exploration 
Cultural Portfolio - Reflection
Engagement

Direct Enrollment Courses
University courses (J, J/E or E/J) are available to program students during the winter and spring trimesters.  Students will work with our on-site director to determine their schedules on-site. 

Courses that are taught solely in English (E) may also be available upon consultation, especially for students who need to take courses to fulfill major requirements while studying abroad. Approval of a student’s academic advisor is also required for enrollment in (E) courses at ICU. Some additional work may be required in Japanese.

Full-Year Curriculum

Fall

Winter

Spring

JLP (1 unit)

JLP (1 unit)

JLP (1 unit)

Cultural Portfolio : Exploration (1 unit)

Content course in J or J/E (1 unit)

Content course in J or J/E (1 unit)

Cultural Portfolio : Reflection (0.5 units)

Cultural Portfolio: Reflection (0.5 units)

Internship (1 unit)

Community Engagement (0.5 units)

Community Engagement (0.5 units)

 

One-Term Curriculum

Fall

 

Spring

JLP (1 unit)

 

JLP (1 unit)

Cultural Portfolio : Exploration (1 unit)

 

Content course in J or J/E (1 unit)

Cultural Portfolio : Reflection (0.5 units)

 

Cultural Portfolio : Reflection (0.5 units)

Community Engagement (0.5 units)

 

Community Engagement (0.5 units)

 

 

Content course in J or J/E (1 unit)

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Fall: Weekend trip to Kyoto. This trip is usually scheduled during the first weekend of October.
  • Winter: Day trip to Hakone region.
  • Spring: Day trip to Nikko region.