General Description:
Every year, students of all ages (16-75 years), and from many countries and professions, attend Eurolingua's numerous language, cultural, special interest and summer programmes worldwide. Students include private individuals, mature teenagers, university and MBA students, teachers, doctors, professional and business people, corporate executives, diplomats and embassy staff, government employees, military personnel and retired people.

One-to-One Homestays (16-75 years):
Live and study abroad for 1 to 4 weeks, on a full-board basis, in the private family residence of a Eurolingua tutor. You benefit from intensive one-to-one, professional language tuition, enjoy local excursions and share usual family social, cultural and leisure activities. Total immersion in the language, culture and way of life is guaranteed. We collect you at and return you to the nearest airport or railway station. Programmes are available all year.

Group Programmes (16-75 years):
You benefit from a minimum of 15 hours (20 lessons) per week tuition in small friendly groups at one of our Institutes, with cultural visits and leisure activities. In order to maintain linguistic and cultural continuity, accommodation is with a selected, local host family. Studio apartments are also available. Open all year, with and special programmes during the summer.

The Eurolingua Institute teaches 9 languages in 29 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Venezuela.

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Typical Day

Okazaki (pop.350,000) is a quiet, prosperous, ancient castle town. Some of the temples date from the 8th century and are still is use - there are no ruins. It is home to high-tech industry and traditional crafts. In addition to the Institute, there is a university, two colleges and the national research institutes for biotechnology and molecular science.

The town was the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu who was the first and most powerful SHOGUN. He united the country after 30-40 years of civil war and destruction/decapitation before moving away to form a new capital called Edo - now known as Tokyo. Fortunately, he took his blood-soaked warriors with him and left Okazaki in peace. Even more fortunately, they spread the Mikawa region's dialect to Tokyo where it became the standard form of Japanese. Okazaki is now one of the few low cost locations where the local population speak the standard dialect.

Tokugawa Ieyasu's castle, ancestral temple and highway system etc., remain intact. The city is famous for its cherry blossom festival in spring, especially in the parks and along the tree-lined river where the castle is located. The festivals are ancient and immensely popular. The August fireworks festival is particularly famous and Okazaki makes some 80% of Japan's fireworks!!

The central location of Okazaki is a great advantage, close to all the major attractions such as Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Suzuka, Takayama, Nagano, the pearl islands at Toba etc., all of which are accessible in a day trip. The Institute is exactly halfway between Tokyo and Osaka, where many of our students head for the weekends.

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Sleeping and meals

Student housing is within easy walking distance of the campus. Our full-time Housing Office manages our own 85 fully furnished studio apartments and a 20-room custom built dormitory. All student housing is located in quiet, safe, residential areas with shops, restaurants and other facilities nearby. Therefore, students staying in student housing need not budget for the cost of public transport commuting to classes. Access to safe, affordable student housing is guaranteed.

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Other Information

The Academic Intensive Japanese Program (AIJP) has established itself as one of Japan's leading and more flexible Japanese language programs. The curriculum and intense 23 class per week schedule are designed to prepare students for professional careers requiring advanced levels of Japanese and for successful entry into undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Japanese universities and colleges.

The program has a strong emphasis on preparing academic skills such as good reading and writing proficiency in Japanese and fluency in Japanese conversation. The well-developed curriculum particularly stresses correct grammatical use as well as successful preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. It should be noted that many participants in the AIJP do not actually plan to attend a Japanese university, college or graduate school; however, they prefer a more academically oriented course of study. Many such students go on to work in Japan or use their Japanese language skills in their work abroad.

Grammar is a major focus. It is a key objective of the program that you will be able to communicate using precise and correct grammar. However compared to most academic programs offered in Japan, the AIJP does place greater emphasis on effective communication - particularly listening and speaking skills, and with the advantage of options including Japanese computing to make the transition to Japanese workplaces or academia easier.

The Advanced Japanese Studies Program (AJSP) commences for the first time in April 2000. It is an intensive but flexible Japanese language acquisition program for learners who already have JLPT Level 2 proficiency, a recognized equivalent level or higher. The intense interactive 21 class per week schedule is designed to prepare students for professional careers where a high level of Japanese proficiency is required and for successful entry into leading undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Japanese universities and colleges.

The program has a strong emphasis on preparing academic skills in Japanese and fluency in Japanese conversation. The curriculum particularly stresses reading and oral proficiency and students commencing the program with Level 2 Proficiency are expected to reach JLPT Level 1 well before the program conclusion. Students commencing with a level higher than JLPT Level 2 are expected to reach very high levels of proficiency.

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