Study Abroad in Kyoto

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Explore Kyoto, Japan

A stunning mix of historical depth and vibrant, entrepreneurial dynamism, Japan’s cultural capital has it all – the meditative zen temples and quiet Philosopher’s Walk you’ve imagined, as well as the world’s first Manga museum and world-class game leaders such as Nintendo and Q-Games, wrapped up in a picturesque city nestled in a valley surrounded by hiker-friendly hills dotted with World Heritage sites.  Your studies and internship experience will be complemented by the enticing tastes, sights, & cultural ambience of – uniquely ancient and modern – Kyoto.

Study abroad students taking a calligraphy class in Kyoto
Study abroad local students in Kyoto
Study abroad culture and food in Kyoto

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion.

In Kyoto, students and interns may have the opportunity to:

  • Go on an overnight excursion to the White Heron Castle in Himeji followed by the Atomic Dome and Peace Memorial Museum of Hiroshima, complimented by the scenic beauty of Miyajima.
  • Visit the stunning Imperial Villas at Katsura – with its world-famous moon-viewing architecture – & Shugakuin, with gardens incorporating views of the foothills of Mt. Hiei & idyllic rice paddies.
  • Sit in reflective meditation in a Zen temple, ring the enormous bell at Enryakuji, pass through thousands of red torii gates on a mystic climb to the top of Fushimi-inari Shrine, and more…
  • Day-trip over to Nara, capital of Japan before Kyoto, with its massive bronze Buddha in the world’s largest wooden structure, towering 5-storied pagoda, & polite deer bowing for biscuits.
  • Partake in the classical tea ceremony, visit the home of a folk-artist potter & sculptor – with its “climbing-the-mountain” nine-chambered kiln and potter’s wheel – or chill in a coffee shop with a 3-storied wall of windows looking out on a 6th century blossom-bedecked Buddhist temple.
Study abroad in Kyoto

Where Students Study

CIEE Kyoto
CIEE Kyoto is part of the CIEE Open Campus Block Network.  It is centrally located and perfect for exploring every inch of this historic city – from Nanzenji and Kiyomizu in the East, to Arashiyama and its amazing bamboo forest in the West; from Ohara’s stunning temple gardens in the North, to Nintendo’s headquarters in the South.  We’ve got you surrounded by a richly historical & dynamically modern city.

Study abroad students having a welcome lunch in Kyoto

Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer.  In Kyoto – CIEE’s newest Center – new opportunities are being developed.

Study Abroad Programs in Kyoto

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Pocket Guide to Kyoto

  • Currency
    Japanese Yen

    Spoken Languages

    Available Transportation
    Bike, bus, feet

    Famous Local
    Haruki Murakami – an international bestselling novelist

  • Climate
    Short, hot summers; cold windy winters; mild spring and fall

    Did You Know?
    Before Tokyo became Japan’s capital city, Kyoto was the capital for more than 1,000 years

  • Airport
    Kansai International Airport (KIX)

    Social Norms
    Stepping on the boarder of a tatami mat is considered both rude and bad luck

    What to Pack
    Backpack, comfortable shoes, slippers, umbrella