Short Stay Winter Program

TUFS Short Stay Winter Program 2019
(Application will open in September 2018)

  • Program period: From January 10 to February 6, 2019
  • Application period:
    September 1 - September 30, 2018 (by 24:00 Japan Standard Time)
  • Venue:Japanese Language Center for International Students
    Tokyo University of Foreign Studies  JLC TUFS
  • Apply online :
  • Program schedule: PDF
  • Program Brochure: PDF

TUFS Short Stay Winter Program 2019

This four-week intensive program is aimed at learners of Japanese language who are currently enrolled in universities pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree. Our courses are designed to be practical ones providing the learners hands-on exposure to everyday Japanese language used in Japanese culture and society.

Classes will be divided according to the Japanese language proficiency of the participants and every class is designed to fulfill the needs of participants at different levels. Each class will consist of a small number of participants – 12 or less.

While supporting the participants to improve their Japanese language skills, this program will provide invaluable opportunities to experience the real Japan. This program includes various off-campus activities – a full-day study trip to Tokyo or Kanto regions to broaden the participants’ understanding of Japanese culture. With the support from TUFS International Student Support Association, on-campus Japanese culture experience – tea ceremony, Kimono try-on, flower arrangement, calligraphy and interacting opportunities with TUFS Japanese students will also be offered.

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) has a long history and it will mark 150th anniversary in 2023. TUFS has been a stronghold for international scholarly research and a center for academic exchange in Japan. Over 600 international students from over 70 countries currently enrolled, TUFS is dedicated to creating and supporting a vibrant campus environment in which students with diverse backgrounds learn and grow together.

Our campus is located in Fuchu city in Tokyo surrounded by a lush green environment – within a short walking distance from Tama station on Seibu Tamagawa Line and from Tobitakyu station on Keio Line. TUFS is easily accessible by train – Kichijoji, with a reputation to be a lively place for the young, is 20 minutes away, and Shinjuku, a sub center of Tokyo, 30 minutes away.

Japanese Language Center for International Students (JLC)

Japanese Language Center for International Students, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (JLCTUFS) is one of the largest organizations for Japanese-language education in Japan and 2015 marked the 45th anniversary. In light of TUFS’ grand plans, JLCTUFS has been working toward its goal to be a central hub for Japanese-language education in the world. JLCTUFS provides not only Japanese language education but also publishes textbooks for Japanese-language education and supports and cooperates in Japanese-language education both in Japan and around the globe. It also establishes and conducts research in Japanese-language education index ‘Japanese-language standards’ and conducts research and publishes ‘JLPTUFS Academic Japanese Can-do List.’


Levels 3 levels (Pre-Intermediate・Intermediate・Advanced)
  • Class levels will be determined comprehensively based on the participants’ pre-program online placement test results and study history, and will be announced on the first day of the program. (Class levels will not be disclosed to program participants prior to the program start.)
Number of classes TBA
Number of students in each class Maximum of 12
  • Students currently enrolled in universities (either undergraduate or graduate level)
  • Having learned Japanese in high school or university, being able to write Hiragana and Katakana proficiently, and having completed an elementary level textbook(s).
  • Those who are going to graduate from home institutions before the start of Short Stay Program will not be able to participate.
  • The admission priority is given to the students currently enrolled in our partner universities.
  • Beginners are not eligible. Students’ admission will be confirmed after assessments.
Credits 3 credits (Approved by TUFS)
  • [Pre-Intermediate]
    This course is designed to improve the learners’ basic communication skills and build a language learning foundation. The learners will practice dialogues in different situations using real life Japanese, and make a speech in easy Japanese, applying grammar and sentence patterns they had learned.
  • [Intermediate・Advanced]
    These courses are designed to support the learners to acquire higher linguistic abilities – reading, writing, speaking and listening appropriate for each level. At both levels, the learners are expected to make oral and written expressions by actively using vocabulary and grammar they have learned so far. The learners will research in a given topic from the textbooks (collect information and conduct interviews with Japanese people) and present the results to the class. At Intermediate Level, the learners will be able to write short paragraphs to report what one has researched or thought of. At Advance Level, the learners will be able to speak about social and/or cultural issues, compare one’s own country and others, and explain the findings from one’s research using graphs or diagrams.

Class Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30-10:00 Japanese language classes
11:40-12:40 Lunch Break
12:40-14:10 Japanese language classes, tutorials, lectures on Japanese culture and/or extra-curricular activities

*Except for study trips on Saturday, January 12th, and Saturday, January 19th, there will be no class on Saturdays and Sundays. There will be no class on Monday, January 14th for a national holiday.

Study Trip & Japanese Culture Experience

  • Study Trip
    The program offers its participants a full-day study trip to cultural places in or around Tokyo and experience Japanese culture.
  • Japanese culture experience
    A tea ceremony, Kimono try-on, flower arrangement, calligraphy, home visit to Japanese families will be offered at low or no cost.

Certificate of Completion & Academic Records and Credits

A certificate of academic records will be issued to all participants. In addition, a certificate of completion will be issued to participants who maintain an attendance rate of 80% or higher and complete all assignments. Please ensure with home institutions whether the credits issued by TUFS, equivalent to 3 credits (108 hours of Japanese-language lessons + other compulsory lessons and activities + study trips), are transferable.


  • Number of participants: 25
  • Application period: From September 1 to September 30, 2018 (by 24:00 JST)
  • How to apply:

    STEP 1: Apply Online (e-apply)
    Apply online (e-apply) at
    *The uploaded photo should be a color portrait with no hat and no background taken for identification purposes (e.g. photo for passport) within the past 3 months.

    STEP 2: Email Required Documents
    Submit 1), 2), and 3) shown below as ONE PDF file to pro-s- stay[at] by email by September 30, 2018 2018 (by 24:00 JST)
    1. Signed application form downloaded from e-apply
    2. Academic transcript showing all grades or scores in the applicant’s previous academic year; if unavailable, the latest one
    3. A copy of passport page on which the applicant’s name and photo appear
  • After admission decisions are made (rolling admissions), TUFS will inform you the result via e-mail, no later than mid-October, 2018.
  • If you wish to make any change in your application, you must request for change and confirm with us via e-mail. Changes after admission decisions may not be possible.

Program Fee

JPY 260,000

  • This includes the costs of application, tuition, accommodation, and study trip(s). Students will have to pay additional 3,000 yen or so to purchase textbooks.
  • Transportation, flight, overseas travel insurance, meals, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in the program fee.

Payment Method

Credit card payment only. The prospective student will be contacted via e-mail about the payment period and details. Admission will be cancelled if the payment is not received by the deadline ( within one week after the admission notice was sent ).


TUFS arranges accommodation for all program participants. You may have to commute to school by bus or train. (Check-in: January 9, 2019, check-out: February 7, 2019)

Japanese Language Proficiency Level

‘Having completed an elementary level textbook(s)’ is listed on the ‘Eligibility’ section. This level here is equivalent to the sample provided in the link below. Click the link and click サンプル from 初級2. Test yourself if you understand the sentences and can answer the questions correctly,

Withdrawal & Cancellation Policies

If an applicant withdraws by November 30, 2018, the full program fee will be refunded. If an applicant withdraws between December 1, 2018 and January 8 2019, program fee minus accommodation fee will be refunded. TUFS will retain the full program fee of any applicant who withdraws after January 9, 2019. In every case of withdrawal, any and all transaction fee and credit card payment cancellation fee is to be paid by the applicant. In the event of cancellation of the program by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, the total amount of the program fee will be refunded.

Overseas Travel Insurance

Applicants must properly insure themselves against the possibility of injury, illness or loss during their stay in Japan and travels to and from Japan. Tokyo University of Foreign Studies is not responsible nor will be held accountable for any injury, illness or loss incurred by the applicant in transit to, upon arrival in, and departure from Japan.

Visa to Enter Japan

It is the responsibility of applicants to obtain a visa to enter Japan if necessary. It may take weeks and require the applicants to submit additional documents before obtaining a visa. Please contact us no later than October 31 to request for a letter of acceptance and/or other required documents for a visa application. Apply for a visa at your nearest Embassy / Consulate General of Japan as soon as all the necessary documents are prepared.



TUFS Short Stay Program
TUFS Student Mobility Center
Student Exchange Division
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

3-11-1 Asahi-cho, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo 183-8534, JAPAN
TEL: +81-42-330-5113
FAX: +81-42-330-5189
E-mail: pro-s-stay[at] *Please replace [at] with @