Frequently Asked Questions
1. Application Process
Q. How do I determine if I am eligible for Summer School?
A. Students who are eligible to apply to UWC ISAK Japan Summer School 2018 should be 12 to 14 years old by July 15, 2018.
Q. Is the Summer School application only available in English?
A. Yes, the application forms are only available in English, and they must be filled out in English. However, the following sections of the online application can be written in Japanese.
・The Guardian Form
・The Essay (only if the student is applying to the Intensive English Course)
*Please note that the Short-Answer Questions must be written in English by all applicants.
・The Financial Aid Request Form, and Letter of Reference (for students applying for Financial Aid)
*Please note that a Japanese version of the Letter of Recommendation is available.
If you have any questions about the instructions on any of the application materials, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. English Capabilities
Q. What level of English is required to participate in the program?
A. The following are guidelines regarding the level of English required to participate in the program:
-The student can understand classes taught in English and actively participate in discussions in English.
-The student demonstrates a strong willingness to study in an English-only environment
-The student has the potential to contribute to the program, even if his or her English capabilities are slightly limited compared to other participants.
We will be offering an Intensive English Course (IEC) at Summer School 2017. Students who enroll in the Intensive English Course will attend a combination of Intensive English classes and the same classes as other Summer School participants.
3. Selection Process
Q. Will an equal number of applicants be accepted for each grade?
A. We have not set a specific number of students to be accepted for each grade level. However, in order to diversify the ages of students, we will try to achieve a balance between the grade levels.
Q. Is there a limit to the number of students who are accepted from a specific country?
A. There is no limit for the number of students accepted from a specific country. The program will accept students based on their individual qualities, as well as the overall diversity of the student body.
Q. Are the interviews held in English only?
A. In general, interviews will be conducted in English. However, the interviewer may agree to conduct the interview in Japanese, depending on the situation.
4. Financial Aid System
Q. How do you determine who receives financial assistance?
A. When determining which applicants will be granted financial aid, we consider a number of factors, including the applicant’s financial situation as well as how the applicant can contribute to the program. The latter is determined based on the written application and the interview. Please note that the ratio of applicants is quite high relative to the amount of financial aid available.
5. Life at Summer School
Q. Is it possible to join the Summer School for only part of the program?
A. We request that all students participate in the Summer School for the full length of the program. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept participants who can only attend part of the program.
Q. Is it possible to visit while Summer School is in session?
A. We are planning on arranging dates when parents can visit the school.
Q. How do participants get to and from Summer School?
A. Transportation to and from Karuizawa is not included in the program, so parents will be responsible for making travel arrangements for their child. Please note that, as in previous years, we plan to charter a bus that can transport participants between Narita Airport or Tokyo Station and Karuizawa. (Cost and other details to be announced at a later date.)
Q. How will class composition be determined?
A. We will try to achieve a balance among nationalities, genders and personalities when dividing students into classes.
Q. Please explain more about the dormitory facilities at UWC ISAK Japan.
A. Our residential buildings contain a row of attached units, each with its own door to the outside. Each building has a mix of units for faculty and students (faculty will live in private units adjacent to the student units, and with internal access to the student units). The student units will be single sex (male and female students will live separately), and each unit will house approximately twelve students, with two or four students sharing each bedroom. A living room/seminar area will provide communal space for students to study and relax together outside of class hours. Each unit will also contain a small kitchen.
During the Summer School, counselors will also live in the same units with students in the dormitories.
Q. How are roommates assigned? Are ‘single’ rooms available for students?
A. All students will live in single sex apartments (girls with girls, boys with boys). Students will be mixed by age, grade and nationality. We seek to encourage cross-cultural understanding through interaction, and thus students will not be permitted to have single rooms, and many students will have up to three roommates.
Q. Can you describe the food plan at UWC ISAK Japan and the costs involved? Will students be able to get vegetarian or special meals?
A. Students will eat meals in a communal cafeteria located in the Asama building. The cost of meals is included in the summer school fee for room and board, and meals will be provided three times a day, seven days per week. The cafeteria is run by a catering company that takes pride in providing tasty, nutritious meals using local and organic ingredients as much as possible, and which has extensive experience providing food to international schools in Japan with a wide variety of student dietary needs. We plan to offer alternative menu selections for vegetarians or students who have dietary restrictions due to medical or religious reasons.
Q. What will happen in the case of an illness or injury?
A. Karuizawa Hospital is located just 10 minutes from the campus by car. In the case of an injury or if a student feels ill, there will be staff available to take the student to the hospital. Saku Central Hospital is also 30 minutes away from the campus.
Q. Do students need to bring a computer or tablet?
A. No. Students do not need to bring their own laptop computer or tablet. We will have computers available for students so they can contact their parents and friends during the program.
Q. Do students need to bring extra spending money?
A. No. There is no need to bring spending money. All activities and outings are included in the program and there are no shopping excursions during summer school.