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Shimane University Summer Program
Matsue, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** 07/06/2020 07/15/2020
NOTE: The start and end dates ARE NOT the official dates set by the program. They are estimated dates based on the previous year. Do not use these dates when planning flights.

** Refer to the brochure page below for official program dates.
Program Description:
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Student Population: 5,500
Language Pre-requisite: None
Primary Instruction Language: Japanese/English
Eligibility: Freshman-Senior, 2.0 GPA cumulative
Program Type: Direct enroll


The Shimane University Summer School program is housed at Shimane University, located on the western side of Japan in the beautiful coastal city of Shimane. Since Shimane University is a mid-sized university with 6000 students and 765 teaching staff, students have the opportunity to learn in a warm and friendly environment more typically associated with smaller colleges. Professors provide kind support and guidance to all students, and are readily available to foster enduring professional relationships through seminars, laboratory work and field work. The Summer School program aims at providing intensive lectures for beginners on Japanese language, Japanese culture and various other topics relating to national and regional history and society. During the 2 weeks, students will participate in lectures about Japanese culture and history, from the ancient time to the modern day. In addition, there are many cultural experiences included in the program. Students will have the opportunity to visit important landmarks and world heritage sites of Japan.

Shimane 2018 Guidebook


Students will enroll in their appropriate level of Japanese language (as evidenced by a language placement test administered onsite) and will participate in lecture on Japanese Studies:

  • JAPANESE LANGUAGE: Elementary through intermediate levels.

  • JAPAN STUDIES: Japanese culture, society, and history.

  • INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Field trips and extracurricular activities throughout the 3-week program relating to Japanese culture, society, and history.

Academic Calendar
  • Summer only: Summer 2018 estimated dates: July 3 - July 18

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2.0 GPA cumulative. Additionally, students must have taken classes at Kent State University for at least one semester before applying, i.e. students must have a Kent State GPA.
homestayTo supplement the goal of increasing Japanese language proficiency, Shimane University organizes homestays for all participants on the Summer School program. All homestay families have been vetted and approved by Shimane University staff. This housing setup serves as a fantastic way to increase language and cultural engagement while forging lasting relationships.

  • Tuition-Textbooks-Cultural Excursions+Local Transportation: $600.00 (63,000 JPY)
  • Housing+Service/Wifi Fee: $150.00 (17,000JPY)
  • Airfare: $1,500* estimate
  • Personal Expenses: *Varies person-to-person
  • KSU Admin Fee: $250
  • TOTAL: $2,500.00* [*without personal expenses, meals]
Learn more about using your financial aid to study abroad.

Professor Eriko Tanaka
Professor, Japanese Language | Modern & Classical Languages Department | 330-672-2150

Molly Papay
Education Abroad Advisor
Office of Global Education, Kent State University | 330-672-3067


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