Study Abroad in Kyoto
College Study Abroad
Explore Kyoto, Japan
No place is more quintessential Japanese than Kyoto. The former capital city is lined with ancient palaces, traditional teahouses, and peaceful Zen gardens where you can ponder which amazing noodle house to dine at for an unforgettable bowl of ramen. Add in cultural activities and excursions and studying abroad in Kyoto will be an experience you’ll remember forever.
Study Tours & Cultural Excursions
Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Kyoto, possible study tours and excursions include:
- Day-trip to Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital, to see eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Nara Park, the Great Buddha Hall of Todaiji Temple, and the Kasuga Grand Shrine
- Explore Iwatayama Monkey Park and feed monkeys, taste local specialties from Nishiki Market, and enjoy local festivals and celebrations, like Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri, in and around the city
- Take a guided tour of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the former residence of the Emperor of Japan, and stroll the surrounding imperial buildings and gardens
Where Students Study
CIEE Kyoto is conveniently located in the city of Kyoto with easy access to the city’s comprehensive train and bus networks. CIEE Kyoto will be students’ home base, a safe zone for them to learn, grow, communicate, and collaborate.
Internships & Volunteering
Orientation will include an introduction to the community resources and opportunities to give back. Cultural activities and co-curricular activities, such as volunteering, attendance of local events, and engagement with peers at local institutions will provide opportunities for students to strengthen their Japanese language and culture proficiency, better understand Japanese social institutions, and help cultivate a positive and mutually respectful relationship between CIEE and its community partners.
Study Abroad Programs in Kyoto
Currency Spoken Languages Available Transportation Famous Local Climate Did You Know? Airport Social Norms What to Pack
Bike, bus, feet
Haruki Murakami – an international bestselling novelist
Short, hot summers; cold windy winters; mild spring and fall
Before Tokyo became Japan’s capital city, Kyoto was the capital for more than 1,000 years
Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Stepping on the boarder of a tatami mat is considered both rude and bad luck
Backpack, comfortable shoes, slippers, umbrella
Did You Know?
What to Pack