Yukari Nakamura 
Japanese Laguage Lecturer
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultulres

Courses Taught:


Japanese Courses (Fall 2011)

Japanese Major and Minor

Award Opportunities for Japanese Major

Official Study Abroad Programs @ UF (One Year) 

Blogs of Senpai in Japan (Study Abroad Program)

                                         Blogs of Senpai in Japan (JET Program)
                                Blog of Senpai (Fulbright ETA Program: Korea)

Job Opportunities

LA Careerforum (October 2011)
Boston Careerforum (November 2011)
If you are interested in working at the Japanese company, you might find some attractive companies at these careerforums.
Participating companies include the big companies like SONY, FUJITSU etc.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc., Orlando Service Center (Address: 2287 Premier Row Orlando, FL 32809)
has on-site visit opportunity (held in June 2011).  It includes 1) plant tour, 2) lecture from engineers and 3) round-table talk. 
Qualifications are students enrolled in Univerisites/Colleges in the US with math/science/engineering-related majors
(From BA sophomore to MA freshman). 
You should be Japanese native or fluent in Japanese.  Travel stipend is provided.

JET Program (ALT, CIR, SEA)
JET program is well funded by the Japanese government.
There are 3 types of work: Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), 
Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) and Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA). 
The deadline for 2010 application was in November.  If your application is accepted,
you will have an interview at Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. 
There is JET Alumini Associaion (Florida State).

Career related to National Defense
From librarian to translator, there are various types of jobs for which you can use Japanese.

Registration Deadline: March 23, 2012
Contest Date: April 21 (Sat), 2012 @ USF
  Registration Deadline (mail): March 9, 2012
Script Deadline (e-mail): March 12, 2012
Contest Date: March 24 (Sat), 2012 @ FIU

Applications will be accepted from September 1 to November 30, 2011.

Scholarship Opportunity (Study Abroad)

UFIC Study Abroad Scholarship

Morgan Stanley Scholarships

 Morgan Stanley provides scholarships of US$7,500 each to two undergraduate American students to study at universities in Japan.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or
four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

  ATJ Bridging Scholarship (Study Abroad)
The winners will receive awards of up to $4,000 to assist with their living expenses while they study in Japan,
Morgan Stanley

Critical Language Scholarship
A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will
offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages for summer 2012.

Scholarship/Grant Opportunity
MEXT Scholarship Program (Monbukagakusho Research Fellowships)
This program is well funded by the Japanese government.  If you want to do the reserch in Japanese university,
this competitive program may be worthwhile to try.

Fulbright Full Grants for Graduate Students & Graduating Seniors
Language Candidates should have the equivalent of at least two years of college-level Japanese.
                                            Grant period Grants are awarded for 12 months. Awards may be extended for a maximum of six months in two three-month iterations,
                                                                    depending on availability of funds, for Ph.D. dissertation grantees only, subject to satisfactory justification and progress.
Candidates who think their work will require more than one year should include justification in their research proposals,
even though the initial award will be for only one year. 
Fields of study Social science and humanities applications will be considered in the following six areas:

                               1) Japan studies: Projects on Japan’s society and culture in the social sciences or humanities;
                                                                                                 2) Pacific Rim relations
                                                                                                 3) Critical issues of contemporary society
                                                                                                 4) Transnational issues of global society   
                                                                                                 5) Education
                                                                  6) Applications will also be accepted in the fields of: architecture, creative writing, design, painting, and sculpture.

Helpful links for Students

Japanese Online Help Utility Website (Based on Yookoso)

JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) Wesite

Turlington Language Lab (Director: Dr. Judy Shoaf)

UF Japanese Club Homepage

Learning Hiragana & Katakana