Sugai Fund


SUGAI Intensive English and Leadership Program

More Information about the 2021 Program Will Be Announced Soon.


●     What is the SUGAI Intensive English and Leadership Program?

The Intensive English and Leadership Development Program is an 17-day summer program sponsored by the SUGAI Fund. It will be held next summer for the third time at the George Washington University. This program seeks to give students the opportunity to broaden their horizons through educational and cultural experiences at GW.

Through this program, participants will enhance their communication, presentation, and leadership skills, and build a global understanding of cultural differences. They will also have an opportunity to meet students from all over the world and engage with experts in various fields in the United States. The program will include:

➢     Intensive English classes with GW professors from the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program

➢     Leadership seminars with professionals such as GW professors, a researcher from the National Institute of Health, and an economist from the World Bank

➢     Field trips to major sites, including the Smithsonian Museums, U.S. Capitol, and Library of Congress

●     Admission

Admission to the program is competitive and space is limited (8 students). All selected students will receive a full scholarship that covers round trip transportation to Washington, D.C., the cost of attendance, and overseas travel insurance.

Participants in this program must meet the following requirements:

➢     Must reside in the Tohoku or Kyushu region of Japan or from the Tohoku or Kyushu region

➢     Must be 18 years or older

➢     Must be a student at the college or graduate level

➢     Must be one of the following:

1) a victim of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, and/or have lost their parent(s) due to the Earthquake

2) a victim of the Kumamoto Earthquakes of 2016, and/or have lost their parent(s) due to the Earthquakes

Applications will consist of two selection rounds. Only those who have passed the first round will be eligible to proceed to the final round.

The First Round will include:

➢     Personal and educational information

➢     A letter of recommendation from a faculty member of the school that applicants are currently enrolled in

➢     An essay addressing a topic in Japanese (800 - 1200 words)

The Final Round will include:

➢     An online interview in Japanese and English


For more detailed information, please click here.


For questions, contact: [email protected]


This program is made possible with generous support from:


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