Stanford e-Japan Frequently Asked Questions

Stanford e-Japan Frequently Asked Questions


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How much does the Stanford e-Japan Program cost?

The Stanford e-Japan Program is funded by the Yanai Tadashi Foundation, so it is free of charge for any student who is accepted. However, the student must have access to a computer and the Internet.


I am currently in junior high. May I still apply?

The Stanford e-Japan Program is only for high school students.


I am a Japanese student currently studying outside of Japan. Am I still eligible?

Unfortunately, due to the competitive selection process for this program, the program is limited to students who are in Japan at the time the course takes place (fall session: October – February / spring session: mid-February – end of June)


Can you change the time of the virtual classes to fit my schedule?

Unfortunately, we cannot change the time for the virtual classes. Some students have mentioned that they might be 10–15 minutes late. This is fine as long as it is cleared with the instructor beforehand. Also, the virtual classes are recorded, so students who are late can watch the recording later. Of the 10–11 virtual classes, students are allowed to miss up to 3 and still complete the course successfully. 


Do my recommendations have to be written in English?

Although English is preferred, your recommenders can also write them in Japanese.


Do my recommenders need to submit the recommendation forms via the SurveyMonkey application site or can they email them directly to you?

Please have your recommenders submit them through the SurveyMonkey site.


What information should my recommenders include in the recommendation form?

Your recommenders will be sent an email from the SurveyMonkey application program that indicates what information they need to provide. Basically, it’s a verification of your English abilities, academic abilities, character, their assessment as to your ability to complete the work on your own and complete the program, etc. You should choose recommenders who know you well.


Do my recommendations have to be written by English teachers?

As long as one recommendation is from an English teacher who can write about the student’s English ability, the other teacher recommendation can be from a non-English language teacher.


I am a third-year student who will graduate halfway through the spring session. Am I still eligible?

Yes, if you are still in high school when a session begins, you are still eligible to participate in the program.


My school doesn’t rank students, so what should I put in the “Rank in Class” field?

Write in “N/A” and then in the “Notes” section, explain that your school does not rank students. However, please choose a recommender who is able to write about how you compare academically with your classmates.