Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

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Approved Terms Approved Language Levels (year)
Summer* 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

* All other terms are not approved for Light funding

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.

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.

Program Application Notes:

  • The KCJS Summer Program in Classical Japanese is not approved for Light funding.
  • KCJS offers term-time studies with advanced work in Japanese studies (in English), but these are currently not approved for Light funding.
  • KCJS accepts the Light Fellowship Language Evaluation as a substitute for one letter of recommendation from a language instructor. Enter Jiyeon McHugh (jg3122@columbia.edu) in the recommendation section of the application.
  • Study Abroad Approval Form: Please complete the student sections and arrange completion with the Assistant Director of the Light Fellowship.

Light Fellowship Application Notes:

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

2022 Zoom Information Session Dates (for 2022-2023) 

Friday, January 21st, 12pm - 1pm EST 

Tuesday, February 1, 5-6pm EST

Advanced registration is required.