Isakx - UWC ISAK Japan

ISAKx

“Our approach to education will keep you fascinated in the process of learning and give you critical thinking and leadership skills that will set you apart.”

-Rod Jemison

UWC ISAK Japan Head of School

About ISAKx

ISAKx is a new online education initiative by UWC ISAK Japan. Our vision is to introduce the “ISAK” method of critical thinking and diverse international classrooms to an audience that isn’t otherwise able to physically experience living and learning at UWC ISAK Japan.

Students
Nationalities
Students per class
Courses
Life-changing experience

Courses & Instructors

FALL COURSES

Sept. 25 - Dec. 11, 2022

Intercultural Understanding and Empathy 10:00 - 11:30 JST
Perspectives in Literature 10:00 - 11:30 JST
Politics, You and Today's World 16:00 - 17:30 JST
Climate Change and Biodiversity 16:00 - 17:30 JST

WINTER COURSES

January 29 - April 16, 2023

Politics, You and Today's World 10:00 - 11:30 JST
Science, Progress and Society 10:00 - 11:30 JST
Stories and Self-Exploration 16:00 - 17:30 JST
Nature, Language and Society 16:00 - 17:30 JST

FALL 2022 COURSES

Perspectives in Literature
Politics, You and Today’s World
Cary Reid ISAKx
Climate Change and Biodiversity
Intercultural Understanding
and Empathy

WINTER 2023 COURSES

Nature, Language and Society
Stories and Self-Exploration
Simone Sgarbossa ISAKx
Science, Progress and Society
Ryan Murphy ISAKx
Politics, You and Today’s World
Cary Reid ISAKx

Testimonials

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Khrystyna (Ukraine)

2021-22 ISAKx Student

"I'm absolutely grateful that I have been granted this opportunity. I wouldn't be in UWC today had I not had this experience. ISAKx changed me so much as a person. It changed me on a theoretical but also a practical level."

Read more about Khrystyna's story on our Leaders Beacon Blog.

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Rafael (Spain)

2021-22 ISAKx Student

“It has been one of the best experiences I've ever had. It really challenged my views and thoughts on power, and I honestly think that... this has been a life-changing semester. Thank you!"

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Asia (Indonesia)

2021-22 ISAKx Student

"It was a very nice experience to get to know others who were passionate, and the facilitators were a lot of fun. I think any student or friend who has a passion on leadership or wants to be a changemaker deserves a chance to try out ISAKx."

Program Details

COURSE DURATION

Each course is 12-weeks long. There is one 90-minute class each week.

STUDENT BODY

Each class will include 15-20 students

COURSE FEE

¥175,000 per 12-week course*

 APPLICATION FEE

¥2000*

*Learn about our special Financial Assistance and Discount programs

Who Can Apply?

AGE ELIGIBILITY

14-16 years old (as of August 1st 2022)

REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY

Classes will be held in English so language ability will be considered, but even more importantly, ISAKx students should be passionate, curious, creative, and willing to engage.

How to Apply

Applications will open on July 8th. Information about the application process will be uploaded here in due time.

Step 1 - Check 

Check your eligibility: 14-16 years old (as of August 1st 2022)

Step 2 - Start

Start your application by creating a profile on our portal or logging back in if you have used our application portal before. 

Step 3 - Complete

Complete your application which includes some short essay questions and a 2-minute video assignment by paying the ¥2000 application fee.

If you need to apply for financial assistance, please fill in the financial aid form within your application. Financial Assistance requests submitted after you have submitted your application will not be considered.

Step 4 - Submit

Submit your application as soon as possible!

Fall semester deadline: Monday, August 22nd at 23:55 (JST).

Winter semester deadline: Monday, December 26th at 23:55 (JST).*

*Please visit the Course Fee section for more information about the early bird discount.

Step 5 - Results

Applications without Financial Aid

Fall Semester: Friday August 26 and the payment deadline is Friday September 2, 2022.

Winter Semester: from September you will receive your result within 10 working days after submitting your application. If you pay by November 30, 2022 you can receive an early bird discount.

Applications with Financial Aid

Results and financial aid application results for the Fall semester will be announced on Friday, September 9th (JST).

If the program is not yet full Winter semester financial aid application results will be announced January 13, 2022.

FAQs

IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?

We are pleased to offer a limited amount of financial assistance (for both full and partial scholarships) to successful applicants. We hope this support will allow us to welcome more students from around the globe and also ensure that we embrace diversity in our student body. However, applicants interested in financial assistance must submit the financial assistance application form before the deadline of application forms.

IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE?

There is a ¥2000 non-refundable application fee (if you get selected and receive full financial aid we will reimburse the application fee).

IS THERE A DISCOUNT IF I ENROLL INTO MORE THAN ONE COURSE?

Yes, we have a couple of discounts available. If you are an ISAKx alum (short program or core course) you will receive a 5% discount if you enroll into a course. If you are new to ISAKx or an alum you will receive a 5% discount if you enroll into 2 or more courses. 

Lastly, if you pay your winter course tuition before the early bird deadline you will also receive a 5% discount. The early bird deadline is November 30, 2022. 

The maximum amount of discount you can stack upon each other and receive is 15%. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICIES?

If you cancel before the third class of the semester (before October 9 or February 12), ISAKx will refund the remaining sessions' fee*. However, we will withhold a registration fee of 20,000 JPY.

*Program fee is 14,500 JPY per class (week). Bank transfer fees are not included in this amount. Please burden this at your expense.

HOW DO WE PAY FOR THE PROGRAM FEE?

Bank transfer or money transfer via Western Union will be available.

IS THIS ONLY FOR JAPANESE STUDENTS?

No. ISAKx is open to students from around the world.

HOW MUCH ENGLISH IS REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THIS ONLINE COURSE?

Classes will be held in English so language ability will be considered, but even more importantly, ISAKx students should be passionate, curious, creative, and willing to engage. In previous editions, ISAKx students have enjoyed the opportunity to gain more confidence in their English speaking ability.

WILL AN EQUAL NUMBER OF APPLICANTS BE ACCEPTED FROM EACH GRADE?

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.

IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO ARE ACCEPTED FROM A SPECIFIC COUNTRY/TIME ZONE?

There is no limit for the number of students accepted from a specific country or time zone. The program will accept students based on their individual qualities, as well as the overall diversity of the student body.

ARE THERE INTERVIEWS?

There are no formal interviews, but we do use a video assignment as part of the application to screen applicants.

I APPLIED TO UWC ISAK JAPAN BUT WAS NOT ACCEPTED. CAN I APPLY TO ISAKX?

Yes! ISAKx courses are independent of UWC ISAK Japan's high school and Summer School programs.

WHAT IS ELIGIBILITY FOR ISAKX PROGRAMS?

For ISAKx Core Courses, 14-16 years olds (as of August 1st, 20212 are eligible. For the ISAKx Online Summer Program, Grade 7-10 students are eligible.

WILL THERE BE LIVE SESSIONS DURING THE COURSE?

Live participation is a key part of the ISAKx experience and we expect students to join our classes as they happen. However, recordings of each class will also be made available.

WILL THERE BE MAKE-UP CLASS SESSIONS IF I MISS A CLASS?

Unfortunately, we will not offer make-up classes, since we would like to ensure a small and intimate class size that enables interactive discussion. Students should plan to attend all sessions, but in case you miss a class, please catch up by viewing the recordings of each class that will be made available.

IS THIS GOING TO BE TAUGHT BY TEACHERS FROM UWC ISAK JAPAN?

Our teachers come with a vast set of experiences and the teaching team includes former UWC ISAK Japan high school teachers. 

WILL THE CLASSES BE DIVIDED BY AGE?

Each ISAKx class will be composed of a mix of ages and nationalities.

CAN I REGISTER FOR MULTIPLE COURSES SIMULTANEOUSLY? 

Yes, you can choose the amount of courses you enroll in. Please be mindful of the schedules and the time zones. Make sure that you can attend the classes you apply for. If you enroll for more than one course, a discount may be applied.

HOW IS THIS ONLINE COURSE DIFFERENT FROM UWC ISAK JAPAN'S SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM?

ISAKx is conducted entirely online and focuses on in-class engagement, and happens throughout the year.

IS THIS PART OF UWC ISAK JAPAN'S HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM?

No. ISAKx is completely separate from UWC ISAK Japan’s high school program.

WILL ISAKX CERTIFICATION HELP ME GET INTO UWC ISAK JAPAN?

ISAKx is independent from UWC ISAK Japan’s high school admissions process. However, we expect ISAKx certification to be a strong indicator for potential high school or university applications.

WILL MY TEACHERS AT ISAKX WRITE RECOMMENDATION LETTERS FOR MY HIGH SCHOOL AND/OR COLLEGE PLACEMENT APPLICATIONS IF REQUESTED?

Yes, we may consider writing a recommendation letter if relevant at the time and depending on student' active participation and contribution to her/his class.

WHAT KIND OF DEVICES DO I NEED IN ORDER TO TAKE THIS COURSE?

You will need access to a reliable internet connection and a computer with a webcam, a microphone, and sound (speakers or earphones). A laptop computer would be ideal, but a smartphone may be all you need.

During the classes, we strongly recommend planning to turn on the video camera to help facilitate interactions with your instructors and classmates.

WHAT KIND OF ONLINE TOOL DO WE USE?

We will use “Zoom” and “Google Classroom” for our program. All students will be required to have a gmail account.

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