Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

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Doshisha University: Kyoto, Japan

Program Highlights

This long-running program is located centrally in Japan’s historic capitol. Kyoto provides a picturesque setting that is rich in well-preserved traditional architecture, ranging from residential housing to religious structures. Summer curriculum is intensive Japanese language study. Term-time curriculum centers on advanced work in the Japanese language and in Japanese studies (in English).

A good program for a student who is interested in researching traditional culture in Japan; architecture, urban studies, religious studies, and theater studies specialists. Pre-modern literature students would also gain by studying where so many exemplary works were set or written.

Note: The KCJS Summer Program is now approved for the Light Fellowship for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th year level undergraduates, graduating seniors, and graduate students.

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Language Levels

2nd year through advanced (summer); 3rd year through advanced (term-time)

Terms Offered

Summer, Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Additional Information

The Light Fellowship only supports housing in homestay or Kajiwara house. Students who select the independent apartment option will need to supplement with personal funds and additional food expenses.

The term and academic year program requires an additional written statement submitted to Light Fellowship staff; please contact our office.

Deadlines: Consult the KCJS admissions Web site for deadline dates for summer or term-time. The deadline for applying for spring study is approximately mid-September, so plan accordingly.

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Finally, if there is any advice I would give to future Light Fellows considering KCJS or just studying in Japan, it would be to keep an open mind and proactive go out of your way to engage with locals...Engage with your colleagues, talk with your host family, join a university “circle” (club) and don’t be afraid to invite the other Japanese students to have lunch together – it is through these encounters and not the classroom that you find your languages skills improve the most quickly. "

Yupei Guo
Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies
Fall, 2016