Information for term Ancient + Modern Japan
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineNovember 1, 2019
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Tentative Dates: Jan 27 – May 9, 2020 (15 weeks)*
- Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
- Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA
OverviewClick to Open
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 on Japanese history, religion, media, and more. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
See the Golden Pavilion
pass through the torii gates of the Fox Shrine, and gaze upon the Zen garden of Ryoanji Temple.
Kyoto was Japan’s capital
from 794 to 1868. Now Kyoto is often called the “cultural capital” of Japan — rich in ancient cultural, religious, and artistic traditions.
Use skills gained through CIEE
Language and Culture courses to speak with locals and engage with the community.
UNESCO World Heritage sites within Kyoto17
Number of years Kyoto was Japan’s capital1,000+
Colleges and Universities30+
Location & CultureClick to Open
Kyoto is located in the Kansai region in the southern part of Honshu 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 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
- Feed monkeys at Iwatayama Monkey Park
- Visit the nearby city of Nara, home of Nara deer park, the Great Buddha Hall of Todaiji Temple, and the Kasuga Grand Shrine
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 culture proficiency, better understand Japanese social institutions, and help cultivate a positive and mutually respectful relationship between CIEE and its community partners.
Daily LifeClick to Open
CIEE will house students in a dormitory and deliver majority of classes at its location near the central Kyoto Station district. Homestay options may also be available.
Students will be able to cook simple meals at the common space within the dormitory space. Kyoto is well-known for its local cuisines. It’s also an international tourist destination and students can easily find options to suit various dietary needs.
Where You'll Study
located close by to the city's comprehensive train and bus networks
Shiga University Otsu Campus
a marketplace in downtown Kyoto
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Program DetailsClick to Open
What you need to knowThe 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 city of Kyoto with each 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.
AcademicsClick to Open
Overall GPA: 2.5
Students must take five credit-bearing courses during the semester; courses are 45 contact hours; 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits each.
Students enroll in five classes for a total of 15 semester / 22.5 quarter credits.
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.
Spring 2020Click to Open
- JAPN 1001 KYJA: Japanese Language - Beginning I
- JAPN 1002 KYJA: Japanese Language - Beginning II
- JAPN 2001 KYJA: Japanese Language - Intermediate I
- JAPN 2002 KYJA: Japanese Language - Intermediate II
- JAPN 3001 KYJA: Japanese Language - Advanced I
- JAPN 3002 KYJA: Japanese Language - Advanced II
- COMM 3301 KYJA: Intercultural Communication and Leadership
- EAST 3001 KYJA: Analysis of Japanese Popular Culture
- HIST 3001 KYJA: Japanese Feudal History
- HIST 3003 KYJA: Modernizing Ancient Japan
- LITT 2001 KYJA: Japanese Literature
- RELI 3001 KYJA: Religion and Society
- AHIS 3001 KYJA: Japanese Art History
ScholarshipsClick to Open
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:
- 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.See more scholarship info
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Dates, Deadlines & 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:
- Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
- Optional on-site airport pick-up
- 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 and/or Study Tours
- 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.
No Hidden Fees
Fees & Housing
|Spring 2020 15 weeks||Nov 1, 2019||Jan 27, 2020*||May 9, 2020*||
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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 = $167Total Fees = $19,850
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.
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*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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