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The Japanese Language

Japan has been known for decades as one of the world's cultural, technological, and economic hubs and has long drawn students fascinated with the country's combination of millennia old traditions and stunning modern prowess across countless different fields. Learning Japanese offers not only the opportunity to experience firsthand the beautiful culture and people of this island nation, but to build a career around its long-standing social and economic importance worldwide.

The Japanese language will give you a competitive edge among Americans seeking to engage in East Asia's booming global market. Furthermore, Japanese language proficiency and cultural knowledge will give you the ability to form successful cross-cultural partnerships with Japanese people and in fields of study as diverse as architecture, politics, medicine, and literature.

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Erik Hornberger
Japanese 2013
Himeji, Japan
Kian Thomas
Japanese 2019
Okayama, Japan
Dana Fager
Japanese 2011
Kyoto, Japan

Japanese Stories

2020 Finalists and Alternates

Congratulations to the finalists and alternates for the 2020 CLS Program, representing students from 306 institutions across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico! Although the summer 2020 program has been suspended, we applaud the commitment of the students who prepared...

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Posted May 01, 2020


Kian Thomas

Kian Thomas is an alumnus of the 2019 CLS Japanese program in Okayama, Japan. He’s currently an undergraduate studying Business Administration at the University of Florida. He plans to become a Foreign Service Officer, utilizing his language skills to advance the global mission of the U.S....

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Posted April 29, 2020


Bridget O'Connor

Bridget O’Connor is an alumna of the 2019 CLS Japanese program in Okayama, Japan. She’s a current undergraduate student at Loyola Marymount University majoring in computer science and animation and minoring in Asian and Pacific studies. After graduating in 2021, Bridget plans to attend graduate...

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Posted April 29, 2020