PII is a very competitive program, accepting only about 50 participants each summer. Applicants should be highly motivated to learn Japanese and to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, while serving as grassroots ambassadors.
An applicant must belong to an accredited institution and should have completed at least one year of college Japanese classes by the time he/she attends PII.
The application process consists of three steps:
Step 1: Creating a new account,
Step 2: Submitting the online application form, and
Step 3: Sending the application packet, including
a) a printout of the acknowledgement of receipt of your online application, and
b) a check for the non-refundable application fee of $50 to PII.
To apply, you will need to create an account and submit an application online. Once an account is created, you can always return to your portal to view your application status, download, etc. Returning applicants will not need to create a new account in the future.
If you have an existing account, please log in to complete your application or check your application status.
Please log in to your PII account and follow these instructions to complete the online application form. You will be required to upload documents and provide the information below.
1) Upload your statement of purpose:
A one-page statement of purpose in English, 12-point font size, single-spaced
Save your statement of purpose as a PDF file, and upload it.
2) Upload your Homestay Program Application:
Download the Homestay Program Application through the online application form and fill it out. Then, please scan your completed document, save it as a PDF file, and upload it.
3) Upload your official transcript obtained from your school’s Office of the Registrar, including your fall 2014 grades:
Please scan your official transcript, save it as a PDF file, and upload it.
Please do not have your Registrar send your transcript to us directly.
4) Provide two references:
Two Letters of Recommendation must be written out by your Japanese instructors, one of whom must be your instructor in fall 2014. If you are unable to have two letters of recommendation from two Japanese instructors or a letter of recommendation from a Japanese instructor in fall 2014, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please get the approval of your two references before you provide their information on the online application. Your references will be sent an e-mail recommendation request as soon as you provide their names and contact information on the online application form. They are required to submit their recommendation online by January 31, 2015.
Step 3: Send the application packet to PII,
including a printout of the acknowledgement of receipt of your online application form and a check for the non-refundable application fee of $50.
1) Acknowledgment of receipt of your online application form
After you submit your online application form, you will be given instructions about how to print out the acknowledgment of receipt.
2) Non-refundable application fee of $50.00
Pay by check or postal money order (written out to PII); all payments should be made in US dollars. Do not send cash.
3) Send the acknowledgement of receipt and the non-refundable application fee in one packet to Princeton in Ishikawa at:
Princeton in Ishikawa
c/o Yukari Tokumasu
East Asian Studies
211 Jones Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
The PII program must receive your application packet by January 31, 2015. It takes a few days for your application packet to arrive at the PII program by mail from the moment you send it. Please make sure your application packet arrives by January 31, 2015. Failure to submit all the required documents by January 31, 2015 may disqualify your application from consideration.
PII will inform you of the results of the admission process by February 20, 2015. Even if you are on a waiting list, you will still have a good chance to be admitted later; some accepted candidates may withdraw.
In compliance with the Title of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Princeton in Ishikawa does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran in any phase of its admissions or other aspects of its educational programs or activities.