Virtual program for Princeton in Ishikawa Summer 2020

Virtual program for Princeton in Ishikawa Summer 2020

The Princeton in Ishikawa program for the summer of 2020 has switched to the virtual program.

The application deadline is May 3, 2020.

1) Important policies

Course credit
For Princeton University students: regular course credit will be awarded.
For non-Princeton University students: neither course credit nor a transcript from Princeton University is possible. The shift to online format still provides the equivalent of two semesters of regular coursework, but reciprocity agreements between states concerning online learning do not allow us to issue credit to non-Princeton students.

Placement test
For Princeton students: If you complete your Japanese course (JPN102 or JPN107) in the spring in 2020, you will automatically be placed into the level you applied for.
For non-Princeton students: You are required to take the placement tests. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will be placed into the course level indicated on your application. Your placement will depend upon your test results. You will be placed into one of three levels: 1) JPN105/JPN107, 2) JPN107/JPN301, or 3) JPN301/JPN302.

Language pledge
In order to preserve the ideal language-learning environment for everyone, all students are required to speak only Japanese during class hours.

Other requirements
You will need a relatively quiet space, a computer, high-speed internet access, a microphone, and headphones.

Our cancellation policy
In order to run the program, we will need a minimum of 4 students in each level/course and a minimum total enrollment in the program of 10 students.


2) Scheduling

Thursday, May 28-Thursday, July 23, 2020

Contact hours: Each course meets 3 hours per day, 5 days per week (M-F), for 8 weeks.
Class schedule, based on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT):

Class 1


Grammar, Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing
Live class

Class 2


Grammar, Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing
Live class

Class 3

21:00-21:50, or alternate time

Speaking practice, Cultural Understanding
Virtual communication with teachers and residents of Ishikawa
Lectures and virtual tours
Live or pre-recorded classes
Flexible time schedule based on location of students, Ishikawa residents, guest speakers


3) Curriculum

1) JPN105/JPN107
2) JPN107/JPN301
3) JPN301/JPN302


JPN105: Nakama, vol. 2 (Heinle Cengage Learning), chs. 4-11
JPN107: Tobira (Kuroshio Publisher), chs. 4-8
JPN301: Tobira (Kuroshio Publisher), chs. 9-13
JPN302: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Tokuma-shoten)


4) Application

The Princeton in Ishikawa program for the summer of 2020 has switched to a virtual environment. As a result, limited space has become available for the virtual program. Before applying, please go to the link above and read about 1) importance policies, 2) scheduling, and 3) curriculum, as these have been adjusted to reflect the switch from the original regular program that is held in Ishikawa, Japan.

If you have questions, please email us at


An applicant must be enrolled in a Japanese language course at an accredited institution in spring 2020.

Financial Aid:

Princeton students: Please contact Richard Chafey, EAS program manager.

Non-Princeton students: No financial aid is available from PII.

Application deadline: May 03, 2020


The PII application process consists of three steps:

  • Step 1: Create a new account
  • Step 2: Submit the online application form
  • Step 3: Mail the application packet with receipt and application fee

Step 1: Create a new account

To apply, you will need to create an account and submit an application online. Once an account is created, you can always return to your portal to view your application status, download, etc. Returning applicants will not need to create a new account in the future.

If you have an existing account, please log in to complete your application or check your application status.

Step 2: Submit your online application form

Please log in to your PII account and follow these instructions to complete the online application form. You will be required to upload documents and provide the information below.

1) Upload your statement of purpose:

  • A one-page statement of purpose in English, 12-point font size, single-spaced
  • Save your statement of purpose as a PDF file, and upload it.

2) Upload your Essay form:

  • Download the Essay form through the online application form and fill it out. Then, please scan your completed document, save it as a PDF file, and upload it.

3) Upload your official transcript obtained from your school’s Office of the Registrar, including your fall 2019 grades:

  • Please scan your official transcript, save it as a PDF file, and upload it.
  • Please do not have your Registrar send your transcript to us directly.  

4) Provide one reference:

  • One Letter of Recommendation must be written out by your spring 2020 Japanese instructor.
  • Get the approval of your reference before you provide her/his information on the online application. Your reference will be sent an e-mail recommendation request as soon as you provide her/his name and contact information on the online application form. They are required to submit their recommendation online by May 03, 2020.

Step 3: Send the application packet to PII

include a printout of the acknowledgement of receipt of your online application form and a check for the non-refundable application fee of $50.  

1) Acknowledgment of receipt of your online application form

  • After you submit your online application form, you will be given instructions about how to print out the acknowledgment of receipt.

2) Non-refundable application fee of $50.00

  • The PII program must receive your application packet by May 03, 2020.
  • Pay by check (written out to PII); all payments should be made in US dollars. Do not send cash.

            Note: If you are unable to issue a check or are not comfortable going to the post office, please contact Richard Chafey, EAS program manager to see other payment options. If you pay your non-refundable application fee by other than a check, you don't have to send us the application packet by postal mail. We are closed during the weekends.

3) Send the acknowledgement of receipt and the non-refundable application fee (check) in one packet to Princeton in Ishikawa at:

Princeton in Ishikawa
c/o Yukari Tokumasu
East Asian Studies
211 Jones Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544


PII will inform you of the results of the admission process by May 10, 2020.

In compliance with the Title of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Princeton in Ishikawa does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran in any phase of its admissions or other aspects of its educational programs or activities.