Interreligious Studies in Japan Program (ISJP)
One semester consists of courses on Shinto, Buddhism, reading a classic Buddhist text in translation, New Religions, Japanese Christianity, Theology of Religions, and introduction to the Japanese language. Theoretical studies are supplemented by an exposure program consisting of field trips to various religious centers and meetings with their representatives. Attending one semester offers basic information, while participation in two semesters provides broader knowledge.
The goal is to widen the students’ perspectives towards other religions and to deepen their own faith in order to build peace among people of different religions. To get a better understanding of past ISJP activities, see also our report of previous semesters.
Students who want to attend the entire ISJP Program should follow the proper application procedure.
Students in the Kansai area who want to participate only in selected courses apply directly (PDF, 34 kB) at the NCC Study Center.Participation fee per course (10 weeks): ¥10.000
(students of K-GURS: ¥8.000)
Fall Semester: Detailed Curriculum
*The contents are organized in such a way that the two semesters do not overlap but complement each other.Program Overview
Spring Semester: Detailed Curriculum
Fall Semester: Detailed Curriculum
*The contents are organized in such a way that the two semesters do not overlap but complement each other.Exposure Program
One semester consists of two weeks of orientation (general introduction) and ten weeks of regular courses. Fall semester: September – December, spring semster: April – July.Participants
ISJP is designed for university students who are interested in the study of religions in Japan as well as in the experience of interreligious dialogue. The following are especially welcome: undergraduate and graduate students of theology, religious studies, religious education, Japanese studies, and Eastern philosophy.Requirements Instead of participating in the whole program, it is also possible to attend one (or more) class(es) of one’s choice. For more information, please contact the Coordinator. Credits
Participants receive certificates for each class as well as for the whole program. Students, who write a paper on a subject agreed with the teacher receive credited certificates.Living Costs & Tuition
Living costs including accommodation are a minimum of ¥120,000 per month.
Please fill in the application form (PDF file, 64 kB) in English; enclose your curriculum vitae (including university studies, hobbies and volunteer activities); a letter of recommendation by a professor; photocopy of passport for visa application (validity minimum one year); letter of guarantee for sufficient financial support (e.g. scholarship).Application Deadlines
March 31 for fall semester, October 31 for spring semester (exceptions are possible in special cases).
Please send your applications to the Program Coordinator. Candidates
should apply for visas at a Japanese embassy or consulate in their home
countries. The proper category is “cultural visa” (bunka visa).
The teachers of this program are experts in their field and have been selected by the Advisory and Executive Committee. The names of previous lecturers are listed in the reports.
ISJP Board Members
Rev. Hamaya Peter Norio (Coordinator of ISJP, NCC Study Center, Chairman of the Board of Trustees)*
* Members of the Executive Board
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NCC Center for the Study of Japanese Religions
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