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Tufts in Kanazawa, 1999
Tufts in Kanazawa was founded in 1999 to allow Tufts students the opportunity to study at one of Japan's leading national universities, as well as to visit various historical sites throughout the country.
Tufts in Kanazawa is open to Tufts students who have completed Japanese 2 or the equivalent. Those who participate in this program may choose between a full year or a semester of study abroad. Kanazawa is an ancient castle town located on the coast of the Sea of Japan. It served as the center of the Kaga domain during the Tokugawa period of Japanese history. Presently, the city is home to numerous colleges, and also contains one of the three most spectacular gardens in Japan.
Students participating in the program take an intensive Japanese language course at Kanazawa, and also join trips to the ocean, various mountains, and historic areas. Students are also exposed to various art forms and traditional Japanese theater styles. Students live in small apartments in the International House located on the Kanazawa campus. Each student also becomes a satellite member of a Japanese family for the duration of his or her stay.
As of 2001, Tufts in Kanazawa continues to be one of Tufts' most popular programs abroad.