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The Beginning of Something Special

New Perspectives: Japan will enrich your life in ways you never imagined. Between Kyoto and Tokyo, you’ll feel the weight of history and encounter the technology of the future. When using your Japanese (however limited), you'll truly appreciate just how challenging operating in a foreign language can be. While removing your shoes upon entering a tea room, it will come to you: there is another way of approaching nearly every aspect of life. When representing the U.S. at Japanese school visits, you'll realize that you're capable of much more than you think. Simply put, you'll understand that there are no substitutes for new perspectives.

Items to Prepare for Your Application

Preparing the following items before you begin your application will allow you to quickly move through the online application and save time.

  1. Brief self-introduction (Japanese is preferred but not required)
  2. Message to your host family (Japanese is preferred but not required)
  3. One recent photo of yourself and another photo with friends or family

Next Steps

After submitting your online student application, locate the Student Letter of Understanding in the "Documents" section of the application portal. Follow the instructions to sign and upload this document to the portal.

You can make the $395 deposit payment either online or by check. For online payments, please use the deposit payment link on the portal dashboard. For payments by check, please give a check to your teacher, made payable to "Laurasian Institution," for mailing to our office.

Regardless of how you choose to pay, please inform your teacher about your payment decision. The $395 deposit is fully refundable if Laurasian Institution receives a cancellation notice on or before January 31.

Questions? Call us at 800.721.7474, or send us an email at npj[at]npjapan[dot]org. 

Special Note about Passports

All program applicants are advised to obtain a valid passport as soon as possible. The deadline to submit a valid copy of your passport to Laurasian Institution is March 15. After this date, a $50 fee will be assessed.

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