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.
*The remainder of Spring 2020 classes and our Summer 2020 semester have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re currently working on Fall 2020 preparation. Please stay safe and email us with any questions!*
See below to register for upcoming courses:
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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]. Often considered the “gold standard” of Japanese language instruction, Genki’s easy-to-follow grammar explanations and accompanying CD-ROM help students develop Japanese skills at their own pace [other characteristics].
We ask all students taking courses utilizing the Genki textbooks (I or II, Second Edition) to also purchase the accompanying Genki workbook (I or II, Second Edition). These are often sold bundled together with their textbook counterparts on online shopping portals such as Amazon and eBay, and are also found in bookstores like Kinokuniya and of course the NC State Bookstores (“Wolfpack Outfitters”). Please ensure that the workbook you purchase is indeed the Second Edition, and has the accompanying CD.
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 courses to prepare students for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or “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: