KIT - Japanese Language Program Summer 2020


Japanese Language Program Summer 2020 in Kanazawa, Japan

The University of Leicester and the Kanazawa Institute of Technology are starting a students exchange programme. Both departments, the English Language Teaching Unit and the Languages at Leicester programme are undertaking this endeavour.

This is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself into Japanese culture and improve your language skills over this summer 2020!

This page provides information on the KIT-JLP Summer 2020, the scholarship, how to complete your application, deadlines and the Term and Conditions.


KIT-JLP Summer 2020 starts on Monday 8th June and finishes on Friday 17th July, at Kanazawa, Japan.

Full Scholarship

We will offer 10 full scholarships, which include:

  • Full KIT-JLP Summer 2020 tuition fees
  • Accommodation
  • *Flight costs up to ¥ 50,000 (around £350) per participant**

*This generous support towards students' Travel Expenses is funded by Aderans.

How does it work? **Participants will be required to book their own flights. The cost of the flights will be reimbursed (up to ¥ 50,000). The first 50% will be reimbursed on confirmation of booking the flight and the remaining 50% upon submitting a 'KIT-JLP Summer 2020' experience report' once the programme has been completed.

Participants will be required to pay for their own food and entertainment.

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Program Overview

Japanese Language Classes will be taught primarily in Japanese, while the Japanese Seminar Class will be taught in English.

All the participants will be enrolled in one 4-credit language course and one 4-credit culture course.

Japanese language classes

These classes will be taught at three different levels. Classes will be allocated to students according to their proficiency level.


Japanese Communication I (Novice level)

Introductory course focused on developing basic skills of communication in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in modern Japanese. Students will learn the Japanese writing system (hiragana and katakana) and fundamental grammatical structures, and practice simple conversational skills such as introductions, describing and asking about places, and talking about daily activities.

Japanese Communication II (Novice-high to intermediate level)

Designed to reinforce basic grammar through communication tasks. Students will learn to conduct daily conversations in Japanese and deal with basic daily situations by focusing on fluency of basic grammar. Social and cultural manners and gestures necessary for appropriate communication with native speakers will also be introduced and reinforced with practical communication activities.

Japanese Communication III (Intermediate-high to advanced level)

Continuation of Japanese Communication II. Aims to help students further develop the four basic skills of communication. Students will build on their previous knowledge and continue to increase their knowledge of intermediate-high level grammar (also review grammar previously learned and how it applies to living in Japan), vocabulary, and idioms, as well as socio-cultural aspects of Japanese that are essential for accurate communication. Students will also increase their awareness of different style and speech levels (e.g., written and spoken style, formal and informal speech, and keigo).

Japanese Seminar Class

kitspj19.jpgThis course consists of the following two parts:

Japan Community Project (2 credits)

This is a collaborative Project-Based Learning (PBL) course that aims to develop the skills to identify problems in the local community and to offer solutions. JLP students will work in groups with KIT students and conduct research on topics related to the local community and offer solutions to the problems.

Essentially Japan (2 credits)

This course consists of 1) acquiring knowledge and 2) seeing the knowledge in action through field work. First, students will learn about specific topics related to Ishikawa, or Japan, such as sento (public bath) culture, stone bridges in Komatsu, and machiya architecture in Kanazawa. Then, students will visit those places to deepen the knowledge they acquired in the classroom.

Field Trips

The following speciality programs are being planned at the moment, but are subject to change depending on circumstances such as instructor availability.

Language Exchange Camp! (overnight)

KIT and JLP students stay overnight together and KIT students will teach Japanese expressions and JLP students will teach English expressions. Students will present as a skit what they learned about the target language through the co-teaching activities. The group will be accompanied by 3 Japanese instructors.

Field Trip (day trip)

JLP students will visit places they were taught about in the Essentially Japan part of the Japanese Seminar course. They will write a short paper after each visit or post it to a class blog. Students will be accompanied by 1-2 Japanese instructors.

Extracurricular Activities (optional)

Visit Kanazawa and Nonoichi tourist attractions and participate in activities, such as Japanese confectionery making, gold leaf handcrafts, etc. Those who are interested can attend.


Who can participate? All undergraduate and post-graduate students at the University of Leicester*.

* With the exception of Final Year Students who will graduate this Summer 2020.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used in selecting participants. We encourage students from all departments, with an interest in Japanese language and culture, to apply. However, preference may be given, in the stated order, to students:

  1. taking Japanese language courses at Languages at Leicester, at any level;
  2. taking degrees (or post-graduate students) that don't have a summer school or year abroad;**
  3. who belong to any of the following departments, as listed in order:

a) School of Engineering or Chemistry (up to 4 places)
b) Department of informatics, or Mathematics, or School of Geography, Geology & the Environment, or Physics and Astronomy. (up to 5 places)
c) School of Business (up to 2 places)
d) School of Arts (up to 2 places)
e) Any other UoL Students

** If your degree or post-grad includes a summer school and/or year abroad, but you haven't participated in any of them, please state this on your application, as you may be given preference as stated above.


Application process and dates

Step 1

Applicants are required to submit the following information/documents by Monday 10th February 2020 at noon.
(please CLICK on each point to download documents)

  1. Students registration
  2. Background in Japanese
  3. (Scanned) Copy of your passport (the photo page)
  4. A digital photo for student ID card (Sized 4 x 3 cm, named as follows: “your name – University of Leicester”)
  5. Participants statement
  6. Essay** (A letter – preferably hand-written – introducing yourself to the future host family)

** Participants will spend half a day with a Japanese hosting family. The Essay is a letter to introduce themselves to the family.

  • For applicants with previous knowledge of Japanese languages (equivalent to Level A2 or above):

The letter, written in Japanese, will be used to gauge the applicants’ proficiency level. Therefore, write the text to show how much you can write in Japanese, without the assistance of a native Japanese speaker. You can use dictionaries and/or textbooks, but no machine translations are acceptable. The topics may include your name and nickname, hometown, studies, future dreams/plans, interests/hobbies, food preferences or restrictions, your family, etc. Write at least TEN sentences. A hand-written letter is preferable, but a MS Word file text is also acceptable. Letters will be given to the local host families before the students visit them for half a day.

  • For applicants with no previous knowledge of Japanese languages (beginners):

The letter can be written in English. The topics may be the same to those written by proficient learners as above. Your letter will be passed on to the future host family.

Candidates are required to submit Applications by Monday 10th February 2020 at noon by email to including the following subject: "Application to KIT-JLP Summer 2020 - (your full name)"



Step 2

Applicants will be informed on the result of their application by Monday 17th February 2020. Subsequently, selected applicants may be required to attend a brief interview on Wednesday 19th or Thursday 20th February 2020.

Step 3

The list of 10 participants with the full scholarship will be required to complete the following requirements by Wednesdays 26th February 2020.

  • Full Immunization History (Document will be provided later)
  • International Travel Insurance
  • KIT School Insurance (cost would be around ¥ 5,000 - about £35 - This will be confirmed at a later point)


KIT-JLP Summer 2020 – Introductory / application support session

On Wednesday 5th February at 3 pm we will carry out a Q&A Session to help students with  applications. It will take place in the Attenborough Film Theatre (Lower Ground Floor of the Attenborough Seminar Block).

If you wish to attend, please state your attendance: CLICK HERE. After clicking an email will pop-up (to, with subject included), please send it!


Further details on the KIT-JLP Summer 2020 can be found here:

If you have any questions please contact Martin Agnone at the Languages at Leicester department (


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Monday 20 January – Saturday 28 March 2020

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