In addition to the frequently asked questions below, please see last year's Summer Program Handbook which you may use for reference. Please understand that it is subject to change.
When do you begin accepting applications?
We will begin accepting applications on January 7th, 2016. Please visit our Apply Now page to apply.
Can students below age 12 apply?
While this program is designed for and aimed at junior high school and high school students, we may in certain circumstances allow participants under age 12. Please contact us if this applies to you.
What percentage of participants will speak English/Japanese as their first language?
We aim for a 1:2 ratio with about 20 English-speaking participants and 40 Japanese-speaking participants. Some participants may speak both English and Japanese.
I cannot understand Japanese. Am I eligible for the program?
Yes, the program will be mainly conducted in English. You will be placed in Japanese language and culture classes according to your level. Daytime communication will be supported by our bilingual teachers and moderators. You can enjoy communication with your Japanese classmates in both English and Japanese.
What does the program participation fee cover and how much spending money should I bring?
Since the cost of meals and scheduled events are included in the program fee, we discourage participants from bringing large sums of cash. Some participants bring small sums for extra food and beverages during field trips and other off-campus activities, as well as for souvenirs.
Is there an application fee?
If my teacher is not available and cannot write a recommendation letter in time, what should I do?
Please ask your school counselor, another teacher, or any adult who knows you well.
Can I stay in the same room as my friend?
We prefer to place Japanese and non-Japanese participants together to encourage bilingual and bicultural exchange, but we will consider our participants' wishes.
Can I go home during the weekend? Can I stay out overnight away from the residence hall?
No, residential life is an important aspect of our program. We also expect your participation in activities after dinnertime as well as during the weekends. We do, however, accept a limited number of commuter day-program participants
Can I have a visitor during the program?
No, unfortunately due to liability issues as well as logistical issues, we cannot allow visitors during the program. We will, however, invite family members to attend an open house towards the end of the program.
Can I stay in a single-occupancy room?
No, all rooms are double rooms except for when there is an odd number of participants. We will, however, accommodate such requests if there is a serious health-related concern.
Do you provide transportation for commuters?
No, commuters must use their own means of transportation.
Can I receive academic credit?
It depends on your school. Please ask your guidance counselor to contact us regarding academic credit.
What language are elective classes and workshops conducted in?
Elective classes and workshops are conducted in either Japanese or English, and sometimes both.
Do middle school students attend the same classes as high school students?
We do not separate students based on age; placement in language classes depends on language ability.
Do I need to have insurance? Does Keio Academy provide insurance?
Participants must be covered by their own insurance; it will not be provided by Keio Academy. Participants must also submit a Health Report form before the start of the program.
Can I receive brochures/pamphlets?
Yes, please contact the Summer Program Office.