The Middlebury program in the Mitaka neighborhood of Tokyo offers cultural and linguistic immersion through a rigorous curriculum and adherence to the Middlebury Language Pledge. By pledging to speak only the target language while abroad, students will have the best chance of acquiring fluency and actively engaging in the local environment. Participants take their courses at International Christian University (ICU), a non-denominational university with a national reputation for superior language instruction. It was the first liberal arts college in Japan and its academic offerings include Japanese language and literature, history, art history, psychology, linguistics, and international studies, among others. On-campus housing with Japanese roommates provides a personal view of Japanese culture and allows students to meet their Japanese peers through all student-run extracurricular activities and clubs.
- All coursework is conducted entirely in Japanese
- Students adhere to Middlebury College Language Pledge
- Curriculum designed for high intermediate and advanced Japanese language students
- Cocurricular activities
- On-campus housing