Courses & Programs

The NC Japan Center seeks to foster a greater understanding of Japan in North Carolina through language and other programs. All classes are held at the NC Japan Center.

Spring 2019 Classes

See below to pre-register for upcoming courses:

The Japanese Language Program

The NC Japan Center offers 15-week non-credit courses during regular academic semesters and summers. Students enjoy a comfortable learning atmosphere and benefit from small-group instruction.

We use Genki, a highly acclaimed and best-selling textbook used at NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and many other colleges [list]. Genki’s easy-to-follow grammar explanations and accompanying CD-ROM help students develop Japanese skills at their own pace [other characteristics].

Students in youth courses will have a smooth transition to college Japanese courses. Those interested in manga and anime can develop basic skills to understand Japanese spoken by their favorite characters.

We also offer a course to prepare students for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, JLPT [more details]. JLPT certificates serve as acknowledgement of qualification and offer various advantages, such as preferential consideration for employment at Japanese companies, and other companies with connections to Japan.

Programs and Scholarships

Monbusho Scholarship Program
Japan’s Ministry of Education also provides scholarships for undergraduate study of the Japanese language and culture, as well as graduate research in a variety of fields. North Carolina scholars can obtain additional information and application materials from the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta:

Japan-America Student Conference

Each year, nearly 80 students from Japan and the United States unite in a student-managed 30-day forum, to discuss a wide variety of topics that are important to both nations. The conference alternates between being held in the U.S. and Japan, every year. For more information, visit the Japan-America Student Conference website:

The JET Program

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites college graduates to live and work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (“ALTs”) in elementary, middle and secondary schools. The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (“JET Program”) requires no prior Japanese language experience, and contracts begin with a commitment of one year. Upon satisfactory completion of the initial, one-year contract, JET participants can provisionally extend their contracts up to a maximum of five years. Applicants who already speak Japanese with some fluency may also be assigned as Coordinators for International Relations (“CIRs”), assisting local governments. For more information, please visit the JET Program’s official site:

National Science Foundation Summer Programs in Japan and Korea

The U.S. National Science Foundation and Monbusho cooperate in a variety of research, study and teaching exchange opportunities. Support is available in all NSF areas, including natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences and economics.

The North Carolina Japan Center has applications and descriptive materials available, and maintains a cordial relationship with the NSF programs. The NSF Tokyo Regional website maintains information on funding opportunities for students and researchers: