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The Stanford University Scholars Program for Japanese High School Students or “Stanford e-Japan” is a distance-learning course sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) with generous support from the Yanai Tadashi Foundation. First offered in spring 2015, Stanford e-Japan enrolls exceptional high school students from Japan to engage in an intensive study of U.S. society and culture. The course underscores the importance of U.S.–Japan relations. Ambassadors, top scholars, and experts throughout the United States provide web-based lectures and engage students in live discussion sessions or “virtual classes.” The course is offered in English.
The web-based lectures include historical topics such as the importance of the U.S.–Japan relationship, contemporary topics such as Silicon Valley and entrepreneurship, high schools in the United States, and other topics of interest to Japanese students.
The fall 2021 Stanford e-Japan course will take place from October 4, 2021 to February 28, 2022. The application period for the spring 2022 session will take place from November 15 to December 31, 2021. Accepted students will participate in approximately 10–12 “virtual classes” via the Internet. The “virtual classes” will be offered 3–4 times per month on Saturday afternoons (1 PM Japan time). Students should expect to allot 3–4 hours per week to complete the lectures, discussions, readings, and assignments. Since this is a distance-learning course, however, students will be able to structure most of the work around their individual schedules.
The course will culminate in an independent research project. Final research projects will be printed in journal format, and students will also be required to lead one presentation on U.S. society at their schools or in their local communities.
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University. Although intensive, Stanford e-Japan will equip Japanese students with a rare degree of expertise about U.S. society and culture and U.S.–Japan relations that may have a significant impact on their choices of study and future careers.
SPICE would like to acknowledge the following individuals (listed alphabetically) for their unwavering support of Stanford e-Japan from its conceptualization to its realization.
If you have a question that isn't answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page, please send questions to Stanford e-Japan Manager and Instructor Waka Takahashi Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or fall session instructor Meiko Kotani at email@example.com.