Japanese Language Program
If you are a serious student of Japanese, the Princeton in Ishikawa (PII) program offers you an excellent opportunity to enhance your language skills and understanding of Japanese culture while enabling you to serve as an ambassador to Japan.
PII is an eight-week intensive Japanese language program offering 2nd and 3rd-year Japanese courses in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, one of the most beautiful and historic cities in all of Japan. Participants who successfully complete the program receive credit for two courses, the equivalent of one year of Japanese language study from Princeton University.
Students live with local families while in the program. Living with a Japanese family provides students with a unique opportunity to practice and improve their communication skills as well as to experience firsthand the Japanese way of life.
Students who complete the language program successfully may be eligible to return to Ishikawa the following summer to work in a paid internship position. Ishikawa prefecture annually offers three internships to former PII students. Those selected for this program serve as interns at major companies in the Ishikawa region.
The Ishikawa Prefectural Government hosts this program and has offered a generous subsidy to enable PII to keep the cost of the program to a minimum. The government also locates host families for program participants.
PII, a nonprofit organization of Princeton University, sponsors this program.