The Stanford University Scholars Program for Japanese High School Students or “Stanford e-Japan” is a distance-learning course sponsored by the Yanai Tadashi Foundation and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). Stanford e-Japan enrolls exceptional high school students from Japan to engage in an intensive study of U.S. society and culture. The course underscores the importance of U.S.–Japan relations. Ambassadors, top scholars, and experts throughout the United States provide web-based lectures and engage students in live discussion sessions or “virtual classes.” The course is offered in English.
The web-based lectures include historical topics such as the importance of the U.S.–Japan relationship, contemporary topics such as Silicon Valley and entrepreneurship, high schools in the United States, and other topics of interest to Japanese students.
The next session of Stanford e-Japan (Spring 2019) will take place April–August 2019; applications for the course will be accepted January 10 to February 24, 2019. Accepted students will participate in approximately 10 “virtual classes” via the Internet. The “virtual classes” will be offered 2–3 times a month on Saturday afternoons (1 PM Japan time). Students should expect to allot 3–4 hours per week to complete the lectures, discussions, readings, and assignments. Since this is a distance-learning course, however, students will be able to structure most of the work around their individual schedules.
The course will culminate in an independent research project. Final research projects will be printed in journal format, and students will also be required to lead one presentation on U.S. society at their schools or in their local communities.
Although intensive, Stanford e-Japan will equip Japanese students with a rare degree of expertise about U.S. society and culture and U.S.–Japan relations that may have a significant impact on their choices of study and future careers.