Kyoto, Japan

Global Internship

Please note due to entry restrictions, this program is cancelled for Fall 2022.
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Get to know the culturally unique but globally competitive corporate climate of Kyoto – better known for its 1000+ year old temples and the Imperial Court, but quietly also an entrepreneurial hub a bit off the more frenetic, urban settings of nearby Osaka or the Kanto Plains’ cities of Yokohama and Tokyo.  Though placements will depend on a match between your aspirations and available host firms, imagine some cutting-edge game firms or the hospitality sector in a city known for its cultural finesse in welcoming a truly global stream of visitors.

CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you!  All our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries.  When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals.  Learn more about our personalized placement process.

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    to the meditative quiet of Zen gardens, temple bells, and the Philosopher’s Walk.


    in Kyoto’s vibrant youth culture, populated by thousands of diverse and creative students.


    of the moon-viewing, architecturally sublime Katsura Villa, or nestled-in-nature Shugakuin Imperial Villa.

  • Number of world heritage sites in and around Kyoto

  • Number of universities, containing 200,000 students

  • meters to the top of the mountains surrounding the city


Location & Culture

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You’ve heard it said about Kyoto before, but now live and breathe the depth of tradition, religion, and aesthetics in Japan’s cultural capital.  Nestled in a fertile basin surrounded on three sides by forested hills, the city that housed the Imperial Court from 794 to 1868 – laid out in an easy-to-maneuver grid of thoroughfares and winding alleyways – is home to more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, attesting to its deeply religious roots. 

Not all is steeped in history, however, as a studious mix of world-class universities and entrepreneurial spirit has nurtured 11 of Japan’s 24 Nobel Prizes and such game leaders as Nintendo, Jupiter, and Q-Games.  Did we mention the world’s first International Manga Museum!?  Few visitors to Japan miss the chance to tour Kyoto – you, however, have the opportunity to experience, study, live, and pursue a professional internship in this richly historical but dynamic city.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Kyoto.


Ample activities and day trips will enliven your approach to Kyoto and its surrounding cultural destinations.  Sample excursions include: 

  • A hike up Mt. Hiei (cable car/ropeway and bus trip are easier options) to World Heritage Site Enryaku-ji, head temple of the Tendai Sect of Buddhism – with vistas of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest, and the whole Kyoto valley;
  • A one-car train ride north of town to Kurama and its mystical, forested Kibune Shrine, or a bus ride to nearby Ohara village, with two breathtaking temples (Jakko-in and Sanzen-in), organic Kyoto-branded vegetables, and a hot foot-bath or traditional meal and relaxing hot-spring dip;
  • A day-trip to Nara – Japan’s capital before Kyoto – with its great seated Buddha in Todaiji temple, the world’s largest wooden structure, Kasuga Taisha Shrine with its thousands of stone lanterns, and the Deer Park, where they will “bow” in thanks as you offer the deer biscuits;
  • A thought-provoking day-trip to the Atomic Dome, Peace Park, & museum in Hiroshima, combined with a visit to the White Heron Castle in Himeji – both are World Heritage Sites.
  • Within Kyoto, by arrangement walk through the exquisite gardens of two Imperial Villas – Katsura & Shugakuin – and of the historic Imperial Palace itself, or hear the squeaking “Nightingale Floors” as you walk through moat-surrounded Nijo Castle, or visit the traditional house folk-potter Kawai Kanjiro lived and worked in, his wheel & “climbing kiln” included.
  • Each block includes two day trips.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Dormitory Rooms 
    Most students & interns live in single rooms with en-suite bathrooms and bath/ shower facilities in CIEE-maintained dormitory rooms either within the same building or in the immediate neighborhood.  The Student Lounge and – when not in use in the evenings – in-house classroom offers opportunities for community music and movie-nights, health circumstances permitting.

    Homestay Option 
    With prior notification arrangements may permit a culturally-enriching homestay with a local Japanese family – priority will be given to those with some prior Japanese-language skills.

  • Meals

    Dormitory Rooms are equipped with a single-burner IH range, microwave, and fridge kitchenette.  Students can prepare their own in-house simple meals with CIEE-provided basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. 

    Students can also explore affordable restaurants in the immediate neighborhood or step further afield for a full range of cuisine and prices within a 15-minute walk. 


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As a CIEE Global Intern in Kyoto, you will be placed in an internship that is aligned with your professional and career goals. You will hold a non-paying position within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of innovative industries, such as business, IT, communications, and the arts. Extracurricular excursions and cultural activities complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of Japan.

This semester length program (18 weeks) includes a 6-week block of academic coursework and a 12-week block of internship and course. During the 6-week block of academic coursework, participants enroll in two elective Open Campus courses. In addition to the required 6-week block of courses at the start of the program, participants are also provided the option to take one additional Open Campus course during Block II and/or Block III should their schedules allow. Class environment varies depending on the course and is designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. All internships are offered in English.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Students participating in the Kyoto Semester Global Internship program must maintain full-time student status at their home university while participating in the CIEE program and must have matriculated full-time at their home university at least three months prior to application. Students must have completed at least their first semester/quarter of university studies prior to application in order to present an academic transcript. Students should be prepared to obtain a signed letter from their home university confirming student matriculation details.

Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements


Upon completing the two electives during the first 6-week block, students participate in an integrated academic course taught alongside the 12-week, part-time internship. The two 6-week elective courses, internship and course are required components of the program.

Students will enroll in:

  • Two Block I CIEE courses offered on a 6-week academic block system.
  • 12-week internship with an integrated online academic course.
  • Optional additional CIEE elective course in Block II and/or Block III.


Total credit for the program is 12-18 semester/18-27 quarter credits.

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours (language courses = 60 contact hours)
  • CIEE Internship: 6 semester/9 quarter credits; 45 academic course hours, 225-300 internship placement hours
  • Weeks 1 – 6 
    • 2 Block I CIEE courses
  • Weeks 7 – 18
    • INSH 3826 HYBR: Academic Internship in a Global Workplace
    • One additional CIEE elective course in Block II and/or Block III (optional)

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment for elective courses typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion. The integrated academic course which correlates with the 12-week internship is taught in an online learning environment to complement the internship experience. Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organization.

Class Format

Students begin by taking two Block I CIEE courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. All courses are customized for and open only to CIEE students. Elective classes include a combination of lectures, group work, presentations, and discussions. The second part of the program includes a 12-week CIEE internship and academic course and one optional CIEE elective course in Block II and/or Block III.

Except for the required Internship course, all courses are offered with the CIEE Open Campus program, and will therefore be shared with students on the program, and many are available in multiple CIEE locations. To help ensure you are able to enroll in the courses you need, some courses may be facilitated as a Hybrid course by an instructor from a location that is separate from your own. In a Hybrid course, you will learn either face-to-face or online, depending on your location. However, regardless of your location, you will apply what you learn from the instructor and course materials in your location.


The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Final grades are based on class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and midterm and final exams. In the integrated academic course which correlates with the 12-week internship, students should expect to be assessed via assignments as outlined in the syllabus. Internship supervisors provide a written evaluation of progress towards internship goals at the conclusion of the placement.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Course Notes

  • All internships are offered in English.
  • Students should expect to spend up to 19-25 hours per week engaged in internship work.
  • Block I courses are chosen from any of the courses offered through the Open Campus Block program in Block I. Courses are listed as “Fall Block I” and “Spring Block I” respectively.
  • The optional courses for Weeks 7-18 available for Block II and Block III are listed below. Students can only add one optional course per block (Block II and Block III).
  • Hybrid Courses 
    Some CIEE courses are offered in hybrid format to make them available at multiple program locations and increase your course choices. A hybrid class is taught synchronously in a classroom in one location, and students in the program at other CIEE locations join live online. All students have the same instructor and meet as one class. Co-curricular activities are tailored to each student’s location to promote local, experiential and intercultural learning for all. The syllabi show the location of instruction for all hybrid classes and from what program locations the course can be taken. Hybrid courses can be identified as those whose course codes end in “CIEE”.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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
  • The Stephen M. Lew Lifetime Friendship Award

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.


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End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2022 18 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 15, 2022 Dec 17, 2022
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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 = $12,156 **

Housing = $6,100

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $18,750

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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's 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

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, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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