MANILA, MAY 27, 2006 (STAR) The Institute for Foreign Study, Inc. (IFS) invites those interested in learning the Japanese language to its three-week Japanese Language and Cultural Immersion Program in Kanazawa this July, August and September.

The program is open to individuals 17 years old and above. Those interested in the July program must submit an application as soon as possible. Details are available from IFS with telephones 812-1187, 812-6229, 0917-3753293, 0906-309 6723.

Kanazawa, although a rich, lively city, has a lifestyle that is gentler and calmer than that of other big cities in Japan. It is about 200 kms. north of Kyoto and 400 kms. from Tokyo. The city is full of greenery and its charm and gentle atmosphere have led people to call it the "Jewel of the Sea of Japan." Kanazawa escaped destruction during WWII, and retains much of its heritage and the atmosphere of its glorious past. Because of its beauty and historic interest, Kanazawa is known as "Little Kyoto".

Among its best-known sights are the remains of Kanazawa Castle and the Kenrokuen Gardens which consists of 100,000 square meters of beautiful Japanese gardens with different features for each season. European Programs For those interested in Europe, there are cultural immersion programs in France and Spain. Available locations in France are Paris, Tours and Nice. In Spain, the choices are: Salamanca, Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla and Granada. A Spanish language course with flamenco lessons is offered in Granada. Start dates are every Monday.

For details on the programs of the Institute for Foreign Study Inc. visit their website at www.ifsphil.net. SeaCamp And Astrocamp The Seacamp+Astrocamp Program offered by the Institute for Foreign Study Inc.(IFS) in April 2007 is a true adventure for students from ages 10 to 17 years old.

The hands-on, experiential science education will utilize state-of-the-art labs and equipment, expert instructors and the beautiful natural land and sea environments of Catalina Island, located in Southern California. Seacamp aims to increase science literary, to stimulate minds and create excitement about science.

Astrocamp, located high up on a mountain in the San Bernardino National Forest, means fantastic night adventures, hikes, studying stars and planets and breathtaking mountain views.

This is one of IFS’s top summer programs in 2007. Applications are now being accepted until September 12. This early deadline will enable IFS and its cooperating organization to make efficient program arrangements to ensure a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Only 21 students will be accepted – 11 slots are open to those with US visas already and 10 for eligible, non-US visa holders. The program will not be offered in 2008.

The IFS is currently offering its annual early bird discount promo until July 1 for all its summer 2007 programs. Call IFS for details at 812-1187, 812-6229, 0906-3096723 or 0917-3753293.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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