Why not spend your long summer break preparing for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) held on December 4th, 2016 at Georgetown University?
If you are looking for a more universal means of gaining recognition for your Japanese ability you might want to take a certified exam. The JLPT is the most widely accepted Japanese proficiency exam in the world; held by the Japan Foundation and the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services and offered in 69 countries. Many employers and graduate schools in Japan require you to demonstrate proficiency by taking the JLPT.
In case you're wondering what your level of proficiency is, here is a list of the competencies required for each level:
Here's information about the location and fees for each level:
You might even ask a friend or classmate in Japan to pick up some materials for the exam or buy them yourself here:
Please let me know if you have any questions about the JLPT.
Ken Knight, Ph.D.
Japanese Language Program Coordinator