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Japanese Language and Studies Programme

Are you a graduating or graduate student at Pembroke? 

You have the unique opportunity to spend three months immersed in Japanese language and culture on the JLSP programme. If you're successful in applying, Nihon University will waive all tuition fees. 

What will I study?

The programme includes intensive Japanese language tuition and in addition courses designed to explore Japanese society and culture taught in English. The programme also includes social events and field trips to broaden your experience of the country and its culture.

You can find out more information about the programme on the Nihon JLSP website and by reading the brochure

Where and when will I study?

You'll study at Nihon University in Toyko, Japan in either the Fall Term (17 September - 4 December 2020) or Spring Term (15 January - March 31 2021).

The arrival days for the Fall and Spring Terms are 14 September 2020 and 12 January 2021 respectively.

How many students attend the programme?

We will nominate up to 6 students for the Fall and Spring term, but you'll be studying with students from all across the world. 


While tuition fees are waived, you'll need to cover:

  • Accommodation (approx. ¥35,000/month) – single room with breakfast and dinner
  • Utility fees (approx. ¥10,000/month)
  • Commuter pass (approx. ¥10,000/month)
  • Food and other costs (approx. ¥50,000/month)
  • Flights to and from Japan

The International Programmes Department at Pembroke College is unfortunately unable to provide bursaries for these costs.

How to Apply

You'll need to:

  • Complete Form A and Form B (available from the downloads sidebar).
  • Prepare a CV including details of your time at Cambridge and any background you might have in language acquisition. 
  • A brief covering letter explaining why you're interested in the programme and how it fits into your future career plans.

Once you've completed both forms and your CV and covering letter is ready, send them to Anthony Wheeler and make sure your email is clearly marked 'JLSP Application'.

This opportunity is only available to final year (graduating) Pembroke undergraduates and Pembroke postgraduate students. 


You can get in touch with Anthony Wheeler, he'll be more than happy to help!

You might also want to read a previous participant's blog post.

Applications open:  Monday 20 January 2020

Applications close: 5pm Monday 3 February 2020

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 12 February 2020.