KCP International Japanese Language School
About KCP International
Founded in 1983, KCP International is a not-for-profit educational organization. In 2007, KCP was granted Gakko Hojin status, which is a rigorous educational evaluation and accreditation process overseen by the Tokyo metropolitan government ministry.
KCP offers Japanese language and cultural immersion courses to approximately 900 students per year. Most students are from other parts of Asia.
KCP International primarily offers intensive Japanese language courses. In addition to the language courses, students can take an optional Culture and Civilization course. KCP International has recently added a month-long summer program, which studies Japanese language and society through the lens of Anime and Manga.
KCP International programs are open to WWU and Non-WWU students
KCP International is located in Shinjuku; a center for business, entertainment, and shopping in Tokyo.
Academic Program and Courses
KCP places special emphasis on holistic language education, stressing all four communication skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – to help students master general knowledge of the Japanese language and gain usable fluency. In classes, language instruction takes place entirely in Japanese, although assistance is available in English after class if needed.
On arrival at KCP, students take a placement exam to determine their appropriate class level. Students learn from 150 to 250 kanji each term, depending on the Japanese proficiency level. Each semester term consists of over 200 classroom hours of instruction. This is a rigorous program: students spend three to five hours studying each day. Each student gets plenty of support, with several instructors for each course as well as an assigned language advisor and a student coordinator.
Students can study at KCP International during summer, fall, winter, or spring quarters, for two quarters, or for an academic year. In regards to the summer program, there is a Short-Term (10 week) program and a Regular (15 week) program.
Students can also take the new Anime/Manga Short-Term Summer program. The first two weeks focus intensively on the Japanese language. Exposure to the Japanese tea ceremony, calligraphy, and a day trip outside Tokyo are part of the curriculum. During the second two weeks, students focus on Japanese society and the social roles of animation and manga in Japan. The program is heavy in site visits: planned trips include Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures, Akihabara (a shopping area for electronic and animation devices), Odaiba (a collection of life-sized Gundam), Ghibli Museum, and a couple of anime/manga-related retail stores. Also included is a practical lesson in drawing anime and manga at a local technical college
Students can choose to live with a Japanese host family, in a dormitory, or find their own housing independently. Homestays include breakfast and dinner. Some of the dormitories provide students with the option to purchase a meal plan. Students should note that both homestays and dormitories have curfews.
Students should consult the KCP Web Site
for more accurate and detailed cost information. Students are provided with three cost options; Courses Only, Courses with Dormitory, or Courses with Homestay. The Courses only option for a single semester is approximately $3,000. The Courses with a housing option are approximately $7,000 – slightly more for the homestay, slightly less for the dormitory. Dormitory and Homestay options include transportation between lodging and school.
Students can apply to the KCP program on-line through the KCP web site
. It is also possible for students to download a pdf copy of the KCP application and submit it through postal services. WWU students should also fill out the on-line IPE application by pushing the Apply Now button.
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