The Pre-College Japanese Program


Please apply by August 15, 2017 to be enrolled in 2017-2018 academic year! Then, we'll get back to you by August 30th. Japanese I (Unit 1-3, group): 9:55-10:55 am

Japanese II (Unit 4-6, group): 11:00 am - 12:00

One-on-one classes are not available this coming semester for new students.

The Pre-College Japanese Program has been offering non-credit weekend Japanese classes for high school students in the local community since 2004 (Director: Eriko Sato, Instructors are all native speakers of Japanese (mainly international students from Japan at Stony Brook University). The classes are held Sunday mornings in the Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) Building on campus during the spring and fall semesters.


Kyle DiPietrantonio was selected as 2017 Valedictorian at Smithtown East High School!

Claudia Motley received 2017 School of Journalism Dean's Excellence Scholarship at Stony Brook University.


Japan Society Junior FellowsClaudia A. Motley (2016), Kyle DiPietrantonio (2015)

Japan Center Essay Competition Winners sponsored by Canon USA: Kazuo Nakamura (2nd Place Best Essay Award, 2017);  Claire Shapiro (Uchica Memorial Award, 2016), Louis Herman (Merit Award, 2016), and Claudia Motley (Semi-Finalist, 2016)

Speech Contest Winners:

  • 2016: 1st Place: Kazuo Nakamura; 2nd Place: Tatsuma Hohokabe.

  • 2015: 1st Place: Carrie Laurino; 2nd Place: Caroline LeBrun 

  • 2014: 1st Place Winner:Grace Cimazewski; 2nd Place Winners: Kyle DiPietrantonio & Carolyn Laurino; 3rd Place Winner: Autumn Sharrar; Honorable Mention:Luke Golden & Tess Stundis 

  • 2013: 1st Place Winners: Annie McNulty & Allison Varca; 2nd Place Winner: Cassie Arnemann; 3rd Place Winners: Grace Cimazewski and Autumn Sharrar; Honorable Mention: Samantha Streeter; Young Ambassador Award: Kazuo Nakamura  

  • 20121st Place Winner: Allison Varca; 2nd Place Winners: Olivia Mignon and Anne McNulty; 3rd Place Winner: Grace Cimaszewski

  • 2011: 1st Place Winner: Allison Varca; 2nd Place Winner: Olivia Mignon and Anna Shapiro; 3rd Place Winners: Jonathan Maresca, Caitlyn Sullivan, and Grace Cimaszewski; Honorable Mention: Amanda Sulz, Kyle O’Connor, and Jarryd Nelson

  • 2010: 1st Place: Shannon Voelkel; 2nd Place: Griffin Clair; 3rd Place: Olivia Mignon; Honorable Mention: Jonathan Maresca and Holly Ziet 



The Japan Center at Stony Brook• Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5343 • Phone: 631.632.9477• Fax: 631.632.4098 
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