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 2019 should be 13 to 14 years old by July 15, 2019.
Q. Is the Summer School application only available in English?
A. Yes, the application form is in English, and must be filled out in English. However, the following sections of the online application can be written in Japanese.
・Essay (See online application for more details. Please note that the Short-Answer Questions must be written in English by all applicants.)
・Financial Assistance Request Form (for students applying for financial assistance)
If you have any questions about the instructions on any of the application materials, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
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 may be offering an Intensive English Support Program (IES) at Summer School 2019. Details will be provided at a later date.
3. Selection Process
Q. Do older students get priority?
A. In order to create diversity among Summer School participants, we will try to achieve a balance of 13- and 14-year olds.
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.
4. Financial Aid System
Q. How do you determine who receives financial assistance?
A. When determining which applicants will be granted financial assistance, 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 video. 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. 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. Please explain more about the dormitory facilities at UWC ISAK Japan.
A. Students will be staying in our on-campus residences. Student units will be single sex (male and female students will live separately), and each unit will house approximately12 – 18 students, with two or four students sharing each bedroom. A living room area provides communal space for students to relax together outside of class hours. During the Summer School, counselors will also live in the same residences with the students.
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. Will students be able to get vegetarian or special meals?
A. Students will eat meals in our communal cafeteria. The cost of meals is included in the summer school fee, 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.