Study Abroad Progams in Japan

Many schools now offer study abroad programs in Asian countries.



Study Abroad Students Pose for Photo in Tokyo

Some programs require that applicants be students at the sponsoring institution. Contact the following for more information about their study abroad programs in Japan:

KCP International Language School: Full Japanese Immersion for the Serious Student

Program Location: Tokyo, Japan

Contact:

PO Box 28028

Bellingham, WA 98228-0028

Phone: 360.647.0072

Website: www.kcpinternational.com

Description: Are you interested in intensive Japanese-language education? KCP International Japanese Language School is a highly challenging, affordable way for the dedicated student to perfect your Japanese, for academic credit if you like, in all the excitement of Tokyo. And learning Japanese is just the beginning.

Founded in 1983, KCP International is recognized as a leader in Japanese language education. It is well known for its Japanese language and cultural immersion in Tokyo. The school, for the dedicated student, is a convergence of study abroad students, aspiring teachers, interns, and professors. KCP teachers are carefully evaluated for teaching effectiveness through active observation and a series of interviews.

KCP serves about 900 students per year, and you will have two to three instructors per class. While most students are from other parts of Asia and all instruction is in Japanese, English-speaking staff provide extensive language support, including special tutorials, as the need arises for our U.S. students as they learn the Japanese language.


Kentucky Institute for International Studies / KIISExperience Japan, Summer Program

Program Location: Tokyo, Japan

Contact:

Western Kentucky University – KIIS
Honors College/International Center (HCIC) 1001
1906 College Heights Blvd. #91031
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031

Phone: 270-745-4416

Website: www.kiis.org/

Description: The KIIS summer program in Japan offers students an opportunity to discover one of the worldÕs most sophisticated and dynamic nations. A sublime blend of tradition and technology, Japan seamlessly fuses modern art and ultra-high-speed railways with ancient temples and shrines.

Please note: No Japanese is required for this program (all instruction is in English, with the exception of the optional, lower-intermediate Japanese-language course). Prospective students should be aware that the Japan program is a bit more strenuous than some overseas programs. One should be prepared to 1) walk all-day-long during the program excursions and the full-week Shinkansen trip; 2) carry your own luggage during the full-week Shinkansen trip; 3) ride on crowded trains and buses without being able to sit; 4) walk on extremely crowded streets; and 4) protect oneself in the variable weather (from cold to hot and from rain to sunny) by always carrying an umbrella and/or water and a hat.


Temple University International Programs: Tokyo Temple University Japan Campus

Program Location: Tokyo, Japan

Contact:

Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses
200 Tuttleman Learning Center
1809 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 215-204-0720

Website: studyabroad.temple.edu/

Description:

  • Semester, academic year and summer programs for U.S. undergraduates
  • Study abroad students take classes alongside degree-seeking Japanese students, as well as other degree-seeking international students from over 60 countries
  • Courses include Japanese language at all levels, for native and non-native speakers, and upper-level courses in American studies; anthropology; art history; art; Asian studies; broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media; economics; film and media arts; history; international business studies; journalism; political science and psychology
  • Instruction is in English, with the exception of language courses
  • Small class sizes (21 students on average) facilitate lively discussions and allow professors to work closely with students to achieve their academic objectives
  • Internship opportunities are available to all students; in many cases Japanese language skills are required

Kansai Gaidai University: Hirakata Asian Studies Program

Program Location:Hirakata, Japan

Contact:

Center for International Education Kansai Gaidai University
16-1 Nakamiyahigashino-cho Hirakata-shi, Osaka 573-1001, Japan

Phone: +81-72-805-2831

Website: www.kansaigaidai.ac.jp/asp/01_about/01.html

Description: Established in 1972, the Asian Studies Program today annually welcomes over 600 competitively selected students who represent about 40 countries and regions.

Japanese language courses range from the introductory through the advanced levels. Previous Japanese language training is not required.

A variety of course offerings relevant to Japan and Asia, taught by experienced faculty members, will provide new perspectives for participants and inspire their intellectual and personal growth. One of the special advantages of studying in our program is the fact that all courses, except for Japanese language courses, are conducted in English.


Middlebury Schools AbroadMiddlebury in Tokyo

Program Location:Tokyo, Japan

Contact:

Middlebury College
Sunderland Language Center, First Floor
356 College Street
Middlebury, Vermont 05753
Phone: 802.443.5745

Website: www.middlebury.edu/study-abroad/japan

Description:
Once a small fishing village, Tokyo is now a major international capital of culture, economy and politics. With a population of 12 million, the contrast of TokyoÕs history and modernity can be seen throughout the city and its wards in the fast-paced approach to urban life juxtaposed against its architecture, traditions, and landscape, all of which make it an ideal location for study abroad. Because of the suburban location of the School in JapanÑin the Mitaka neighborhood, 30 minutes west of TokyoÑMiddlebury students benefit from the advantages and opportunities of Tokyo while living and studying in a campus-like environment.

Middlebury’s host institution, International Christian University (ICU), a non-denominational university founded in 1953, and with an enrollment of 2,900 students, boasts a national reputation for superior language instruction. It was the first liberal arts college in Japan and its academic offerings include Japanese language and literature, history, art history, psychology, linguistics, and international studies, among others. On-campus housing with Japanese roommates provides a personal view of Japanese culture and allows students to meet their Japanese peers through all student-run extracurricular activities and clubs.

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