Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

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Please note this program ran virtually in Summer 2022. Summer 2023 in-person is TBD.

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. 

Category Program Description 
# of students on program ~60 
Avg. Class Size 6-8 students
Dorm available? Students live in homestay. If homestay is unavailable due to COVID-19, dormitories will be.
Language Buddy available?  Yes, students have conversation partners who are university peers. 
Approved Levels 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Approved Terms Summer

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 "light.fellowship@yale.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, if available. If homestay is unavailable due to COVID-19 concerns, students will be funded for housing in university dormitories. Students who select the independent apartment option will need to supplement with personal funds and additional food expenses.