Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (アメリカカナダ大学連合日本研究センター, Amerika Kanada Daigaku Rengō Nihon Kenkyū Sentā), or IUC, is a Japanese language school located in the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama, Japan. Operated by a consortium of universities, the IUC provides advanced-level instruction to both undergraduate and graduate students and is considered[by whom?] one of the top Japanese language programs in the world.[citation needed]

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies
アメリカ・カナダ大学連合日本研究センター (Amerika Kanada Daigaku Rengō Nihon Kenkyū Sentā)
ICHotel Building Yokohama.jpg
Established1961
Location
Yokohama
,
Kanagawa Prefecture
,
Japan
Colorsnone
NicknameIUC
Websitehttp://www.iucjapan.org

HistoryEdit

The IUC was established in 1961 in Tokyo, Japan by Stanford University. Administration of the Center first moved to a consortium model in 1963;[1] currently, 15 schools participate in the operations of the Center.[2] The Center eventually moved to Yokohama, where it set up in the Pacifico Yokohama complex in the Minato Mirai port area.

ProgramEdit

The IUC offers one 10-month program during the academic year and another shorter program during the summer months. The programs are focused on advanced Japanese suitable for professional or academic use,[3] and prospective students must have completed at least two years of college-level training and pass a language exam to be eligible for enrollment.[4] Although often supplemented by a scholarship, the tuition for the 10-month program is $33,000, with a partial remission for students who are current students or recent alumni of a consortium school.[5]

The IUC is considered one of the top Japanese schools in the world.[6] Former U.S. ambassador to Japan and vice-president Walter Mondale called it "imperative for the sake of America's future relations with [Japan]", and former ambassador and Speaker of the House Thomas Foley noted that its graduates play a "central part" in the U.S.-Japan relationship.[7]

PublicationsEdit

As a language school, the IUC continues to perform research into the Japanese language and has published a number of books and materials on the subject through the Japan Times Press.[8]

Consortium MembersEdit

In Association With:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About the Center: General Information". Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  2. ^ "UCLA Asia Institute: Inter-University Center, Yokohama: Japanese Language Program". Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  3. ^ "Program Brochure" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  4. ^ "Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies - 10 Month Program Admission". Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  5. ^ "Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  6. ^ "Rendezvous - The Japan Times". 2001-07-01. Retrieved 2007-12-08.
  7. ^ "Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies - Endorsements". Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  8. ^ "Center Text/Software: Published Texts and Materials". Retrieved 2007-12-07.

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