All 2022 programs will be in-person. Information below for 2021.

The School of Japanese 8-week online program and 6-week graduate online program include:

  • Optional asynchronous virtual activities including a virtual reality tour of Tokyo, Osaka, and Mt. Koya.
  • Language Tables via Remo, multiple sessions weekly
  • Co-curricular activities, cooking club and tea ceremony, multiple sessions weekly
  • Film Series 

8-week Online Program

Dates June 28–August 20 (8 weeks)
Credits 12 semester hours (4 Middlebury units)
Tuition and Fees $9,060


Days Monday–Friday
Hours 3.5 hours a day
  • 11:00–11:50 a.m. EDT
  • 12:00–12:50 p.m. EDT
  • 1:00–1:50 p.m. EDT
  • 2:00–2:50 p.m. EDT


Level 1 Beginning Japanese I

An intensive introduction to the Japanese language. The course covers most basic grammatical structures and everyday vocabulary items, and introduces hiragana, katakana, and approximately 100 elementary kanji. Practices are conducted to develop all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in meaningful communicative exercises. JAPN 3101-3102-3103-3104

In order to help beginning students adapt to the intensive Middlebury environment, Level 1 (Introductory) Japanese will start online approximately one month before students arrive.

Target Proficiency ACTFL Novice-High

Level 2 Beginning Japanese II

Designed for students who have completed approximately 150 hours of formal training in Japanese. Students must be able to read and write hiragana, katakana, and 100 to 150 kanji. The course will begin with a review of basic patterns and move quickly to cover new material. In addition to the material provided by the textbook, authentic material (e.g., television, films, Internet, newspapers, etc.) will be incorporated into the instruction. JAPN 3201-3202-3203-3204

Target Proficiency ACTFL Intermediate Mid

Level 3 Intermediate Japanese I

Designed for students who have had approximately 300 hours of formal instruction at the college level. Students must be comfortable with hiragana and katakana, and know approximately 300 to 400 kanji. Students will first go through a review of basic grammatical patterns. The remaining weeks in the course will be given over to the study of reading and video materials drawn from a wider range of everyday sources. JAPN 3301-3302-3303-3304

Target Proficiency ACTFL Intermediate-High

Level 4 Intermediate Japanese II

Designed for students who have had approximately 400 hours of instruction at the college level. Students coming into this course should be able to read about 500 to 800 kanji. A variety of materials—essays, short stories, TV programs and newspaper articles—will be used as texts. These materials are chosen not only as tools for language instruction, but also as a means to increase understanding of the socio-cultural background of contemporary Japan. The aim is to get students to function at an advanced level: to be able to read most modern Japanese written materials with the aid of a dictionary and to be able to handle most conversational tasks, including formal situations, with relative ease. JAPN 3401-3402-3403-3404

Target Proficiency ACTFL Advance-Low

Language Assessment and Exit Testing 

  • Proficiency tests include the TTBJ online test (by Tsukuba University, Japan)
  • Exit proficiency STAMP test. 

6-week Graduate Online Program

Dates June 28–August 6 (6 weeks)
Credits 9 semester hours (3 Middlebury units)
Tuition and Fees $6,800


Days Monday–Friday
Hours 4 hours a day
  • 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
  • 3 courses a day plus one office hour
Courses Link to Courses

Additional Information

  • Electronic check-in and orientation sessions are scheduled to start on June 24.
  • Please see additional information on our Accepted Student website.
  • Levels offered will be based on meeting course enrollments. Enrollment is capped to ensure high quality instruction. Please apply early to secure a spot. Should it become necessary to cancel a program or cap the enrollment, we will notify students and refund the deposit.


Wendy Butler

Assistant Director, School of Japanese & School of Korean