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English Language Competency Requirement for Japanese Students

The language of research host labs at Rice University is English and all selected participants must have the English-language ability necessary to successfully complete a research experience in the U.S.

To Apply: The online application for the program must be written in English and Skype interviews in English will be conducted with all program finalists in March.

If Selected: If you are selected as a program participant, you will be required to provide proof of English language ability in one of the following ways.

  • Option 1: Pass an English Language Interview with the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication (CWOVC) at Rice University; conducted via Skype.
  • Option 2: Provide Proof of IELTS Score of 7 or above
  • Option 3: Provide Proof of TOEFL Scores of:
    • TOEFL Paper-based: 600 or above
    •  TOEFL Computer-based: 250 or above
    • TOEFL Internet-based: 90 or above

More information on proof of English language competency will be provided to program participants in April.

Language Exchanges

Each Japanese Fellow will be matched with a Rice University alumnus of the Nakatani RIES or NanoJapan: IREU Program and you may want to ask this student if he/she would be willing to help you practice your spoken English in exchange for you helping them practice their spoken Japanese.

The Rice University Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication also hosts a Japanese Language Table. The Japanese language tables are open to anybody at Rice interested in learning Japanese and native speakers are encouraged to attend. More information on the schedule for the Japanese language table meetings will be provided to Nakatani RIES fellows upon arrival at Rice.

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