Kyoto, Japan

Ancient + Modern Japan

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Information for term Ancient + Modern Japan

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: Sep 6 – Dec 19, 2020 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 27 – May 9, 2020 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 26 – May 11, 2021 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Explore the dynamics of Japanese language and culture in one of the most celebrated historical cities in the world. As the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto remains the premier hub of traditional Japanese culture. Students study Japanese language and select courses in English at CIEE Kyoto Center on Japanese history, religion, media, and more. All courses are delivered by CIEE and complemented byth co-curricular activities and excursions in and beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

  • BE ENTRANCED BY THE ZEN ROCK GARDEN OF RYOANJI TEMPLE

    contrast the dazzling Golden Temple and more serene Silver Temple; stroll the Philosopher’s Walk.

  • IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE “CULTURAL CAPITAL” OF JAPAN

    With its rich cultural, religious, and artistic traditions dating back 1,200+ years, soak in Kyoto’s depth.

  • ENGAGE WITH THE LOCAL COMMUINITY

    Using skills gained through CIEE language and culture courses

  • UNESCO World Heritage sites within Kyoto

    17
  • Number of years Kyoto was Japan’s capital

    1,200+
  • Colleges and Universities

    30+

Location & Culture

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Kyoto is located in the Kansai region in the western part of Honshu island – Japan’s largest island. The cities of Osaka, Kobe, and Nara – which are also must-visit destinations in Japan – are nearby and easily accessible by train. Kyoto was the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868 and was formally called “Heian-kyo,” which literally means, “The Capital of Peace.” While today Tokyo is the official capital of Japan, Kyoto is often called the country’s “cultural capital,” for its preservation of numerous cultural, religious, and artistic sites and traditions. Kyoto provides an ideal environment for students to immerse themselves in the Japanese language and culture.

Excursions & Activities

  • Take a walk through the Kyoto Imperial Palace grounds, where emperors of old resided
  • Shop for traditional Kyoto goodies at Nishiki Market
  • Travel to the summit of Mt Hiei to view all of Kyoto, Lake Biwa, and Enryakuji Temple, weather permitting
  • Visit the nearby city of Nara, home of Nara deer park, the Great Buddha Hall of Todaiji Temple, and the Kasuga Grand Shrin

Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships

CIEE Kyoto seeks to foster an urban community of learners that is respectful of its surroundings and proactively engages with individuals, community groups, and institutions. 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  cultural proficiency, better understand Japanese social institutions, and help cultivate a positive and mutually respectful relationship between CIEE and its community partners.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Dormitory housing: conveniently located nearby class location, in central Kyoto. Homestay options may also be available.

  • Meals

    Meals are not included. Kyoto is well-known for its local cuisines, with numerous eateries within walking distance. It’s also an international tourist destination and students can easily find options to suit various dietary needs.

Kyoto, Japan

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Kyoto

    Located at Shicata Avenir Building, 438-4 Sasaya-cho, Oike-sagaru, 200m walk to the intersection of Kyoto’s two subway lines, which will transport you to Kyoto Station and other local destinations.

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    KYOTO TRAIN STATION

    Kyoto is home to Japan's second-largest station building, housing a shopping mall, hotel, and movie theater.

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    EDUCATIONAL EXCURSIONS IN & AROUND KYOTO

    Explore the amazing mix of temples, shrines, gardens, and other sites including Nishiki Market - dubbed 'Kyoto's pantry' by locals

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

The Ancient + Modern Japan program allows students to gain in-depth insight into the language and culture of Japan through coursework in English at CIEE Kyoto. Students take five courses per semester and incorporate visits to palaces, temples, museums, theaters, and more, into their academics.

CIEE Kyoto is conveniently located in the center of Kyoto with easy access to the city’s comprehensive train and bus networks. CIEE Kyoto serves as a home base for students and is a safe zone for them to learn, grow, communicate, and collaborate.

Academics

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Academics

  • Class Format

    Courses taught at CIEE Kyoto are typically exclusive for CIEE students. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required for co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

  • Grading

    Elective courses: Students are graded on exams, homework, research projects and presentations, participation, and attendance. Instructors may assign exams, quizzes, research papers, and individual and group oral presentations or projects. Language classes: Student are assessed based on daily homework and quizzes, written and oral unit tests, and written and oral midterm and final exams. U.S. grading scale of A-F is used.

  • Academic Culture

    Courses are designed and delivered by CIEE and adhere to standards and expectations consistent among U.S. higher education institutions. Students have ample opportunities to extend their learning beyond the classroom through interacting with local students and communities. Classes will be scheduled Monday through Friday with possible weekend volunteer work and excursions. Regular class attendance and participation is expected and required. Students will play an active role in their own education; group projects and interaction with fellow students and professors are expected. The grading system is comprised of classroom participation, projects, oral and written presentations, research, and essays.

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA

    Overall GPA: 2.5

  • Program Credit

    Students must take five credit-bearing courses during the semester; courses are 45 contact hours; 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits each.

Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15 U.S. semester/22.5 quarter credits

Course Credit
CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Language of Instruction
English and Japanese

Requirements
Students select 5 CIEE elective courses.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Courses

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Spring 2020 CIEE Courses

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

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Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

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Semester Credit

Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

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Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

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Semester Credit

Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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Language
Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

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Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

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Language
Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

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Semester Credit

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition 
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  •  Optional pick up at Kansai International Airport
  • Multi-day on-site orientation – introducing students to Kyoto culture and the CIEE academic program
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Fees & Housing

Spring 2020 15 weeks Deadline Passed Jan 27, 2020 May 9, 2020
$19,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,283 **

Housing = $6,100

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,000

International Airfare = $1,600 ††

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $3,500

Other = $100 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $8,600

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

for students placed in dormitories; students placed in homestays should buget $1,500.00 for lunches

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† mandatory national insurance

Fall 2020 15 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Sep 6, 2020 Dec 19, 2020
$19,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,283 **

Housing = $6,100

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,000

International Airfare = $1,600 ††

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $3,500

Other = $100 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $8,600

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

for students placed in dormitories; students placed in homestays should buget $1,500.00 for lunches

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† mandatory national insurance

Spring 2021 15 weeks Oct 1, 2020 Jan 26, 2021* May 11, 2021*
Academic year 2020-2021 15 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Sep 6, 2020 TBD

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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