TOKYO HISTORY: Unlike Kyoto and Nara, few buildings survived the devastating earthquake of 1923 and the bombing of WW II, so Tokyo today is more of a magnet of creative energy, global modernity, and wealth. An extensive train and subway system connect all the main city centers and sites, making it easy to get around. Overall, Tokyo represents modern Japan and it offers so many things to do and see for the first time visitor.
- Minimum 2 week enrollment.
- Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly (January - December).
- 4 lessons per day, 20 hours per week. Class time is 45 minutes per class.
- Levels: beginning and intermediate.
Japanese language courses are offered year-around, providing regular courses for beginners to intermediate levels. All students take a placement exam upon arrival to determine level, and placed in the proper course. Classes meet 4 hours per day, M-F (20 hours per week).
Instructors are university trained to teach Japanese as a second language. Upon completing the program, all students will receive a transcript (certificate) stating the course, class hours, and grade.
ACCOMMODATION: Applicants (students) arrange own housing using web-links provided by CSA. You can stay in a student type dormitory, apartment, hostel, Japanese style inn (Ryokan), or possibly even a host family. You can also stay in a youth hostel hotel, or even a traditional Japanese Inn (Ryokan). CSA will provide housing website links with your confirmations. You can also arrange your housing…on your own…without using these listed options. It's up to you. In addition, most of these housing options can be paid by using a major credit card. The cost of housing is extra, and not included in the CSA program fee.
Dormitory housing offers a single or shared room and shared bathroom. Futon mattress provided, but no bed linens or towels. Students buy bed linens and towels there. No meals, but students share a kitchen in the dorm. Most of the other students in the dorm are Japanese students, so there are many opportunities to meet Japanese students from Japan. Dormitories are often located within 30 - 45 minutes commute. They fill up quickly, so early registration is advised. The cost of the accommodation is about $300 per week. Meals are extra, and many dorms often have a cafeteria where students can buy lower cost meals. CSA will provide housing web-links with confirmation documents.
PASSPORT: Program is open to all adults from all countries. Passport required. No Visa required for U.S. citizens for the first 90 days (3 months). After 90 days, a Visa is required. Non-U.S. citizens will need to check with the nearest Japanese Consulate. U.S.
ARRIVAL: All participants (applicants) are responsible for arranging their own travel to Tokyo, Japan. CSA will provide all students with a "map" on how to get to the school location. If you reserve your housing using the web-links we provide, you can print a map off their website.
CSA staff have worked and lived in Tokyo, so we can provide you with in-depth useful information about arriving into Tokyo. It's easy to get to your housing from the airport, so do not worry about it, and feel free to ask us anything. To help you with your arrival, please purchase a good travel book on Tokyo or Japan.
NOTE: Upon arrival into the Tokyo airport (Narita), plan on exchanging about $300 into Yen, to get you by until you are settled into your housing.
NOTE: If you want to have a staff person meet you upon arrival, please let us know. Not available at the airport. Any pick-up would be at a major Hotel lobby in Shinjuku, nearby the school. Note that this may not always be available.
CAMPUS LIFE: The following activities will be included in the "Summer" sessions…
- Summer excursions to: Nikko, Kamakura, Mt. Fuji.
- Tokyo sightseeing: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa, Edo Museum.
- Cultural workshops: tea ceremony, ikebana.
- Entertainment: Kabuki.
- Student social gatherings (int'l student party).
- Activities are "optional" and cost extra.
Besides the above summer activities as a group, students are free to explore the city of Tokyo. There are numerous museums such as the "Edo-Tokyo Museum" to visit, as well as historical sites, shrines, and temples. There are several day-trips one can take as well to such places as Kamakura, Nikko, and Yokohama. Tokyo also offers an exciting nightlife with its many night clubs, bars, and traditional izakayas.
SHOULD YOU GO? Definitely! Tokyo represents modern Japan and it offers so many things to do and see. Tokyo has become an exciting urban-maze, a true megalopolis city of interconnected towns each with its own identity. You'll be studying in the famous Shinjuku district, whereby students have convenient access to all that Tokyo has to offer. What's better than to study Japanese language in the heart of Japan? Experience Tokyo!
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