Japanese Study Abroad
Academic Year Programs
Associated Kyoto Program (AKP)
What: An enriching, rigorous two-semester program in the ancient capital of Kyoto for students from 13 sponsoring institutions. In conjunction with Doshisha University , the program provides an opportunity for students to study Japanese language and related courses in the humanities and the social sciences, while living with a homestay family in the Kyoto area. Students are encouraged to participate in travel and cultural activities.
Where: Kyoto (Doshisha University consists of 2 campuses, the Imadegawa campus between the Imperial Palace and the Shokokuji Zen monastery in north-central Kyoto and the newly constructed campus at Shin-Tanabe, south of the city. The AKP offices, library, and computer facilities are located on the Imadegawa campus. Classes meet on Imadegawa campus and at Shinmachi (5 minute walk away).
When: Early September to late April
Costs and information: Equivalent to cost of a year at Wellesley; financial aid transfers.
For more information see the Associated Kyoto Program website.
Contact: Professor Kodera, Religion Department, for application forms and further information.
Application due: December
Japan Women's University (JWU)
What: A challenging total-immersion year-long exchange program between Wellesley College and Japan Women's University, which is located in the heart of Tokyo. In addition to a versatile liberal arts curriculum with a strong emphasis on Japanese studies, the university also offers a wide range of club and extracurricular activities. Students also have the opportunity to take courses at the co-educational Waseda University. Students choose home stay or dormitory option.
When: January - December
Costs: Equivalent to the cost of a year at Wellesley; financial aid transfers.
Contact: Further information and application forms available in the Japanese Program office of EALL.
Application due: early April
Hokkaido International Foundation (MSF approved)
What: Intensive 8-week summer course in Japanese language and culture. Study abroad program includes summer-long homestay with a Japanese family.
Where: Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Contact: Hokkaido International Foundation, 14-1 Motomachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido 040-0054, Japan Tel: 0138-22-0770, Fax: 0138-22-0660, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org,
Costs and more Information: See the Hokkaido International Foundation website.
Princeton in Ishikawa Program (MSF approved)
What: Highly competitive 8-week intensive Japanese language program (2nd and 3rd year students). Living with host family all summer.
Where: Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture (about 5 hours from Tokyo)
Contact: East Asia Studies, 211 Jones Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544
Fax: (609) 258-2099
Costs and more Information: See the Princeton in Ishikawa Program website.
Application due: early March
International Christian University (MSF approved)
What: 6-week intensive Japanese language program. Living in campus dorm, in nearby apartment or with host family all summer. ICU offers various levels of Japanese language study well beyond the intermediate level.
Where: Mitaka City (suburb 40 minutes from Tokyo by bus and train)
Contact: Summer Courses in Japanese Research Center for Japanese Language Education, International Christian University, 3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-8585, Japan Tel: 0422-33-3501 (from overseas 81-422-33-3501), Fax: 0422-33-3631 (from overseas 81-422-33-3631), Email: email@example.com
Costs and more Information: See the International Christian University website.
Application due: early March
Middlebury College Summer Japanese Program
What: 9-week intensive Japanese language immersion program at Middlebury College (elementary to advanced level). Social and cultural activities including weekend parties, talent shows, and field days.
Where: Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
Contact: Middlebury Language Schools, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury, VT 05753; Tel: (802) 443-5510,
Costs and more Information: See the Middlebury College Summer Japanese Program website.