Kyoto, Japan

January in Kyoto

Study Japanese Manga and Art
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Information for term January in Kyoto

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Dates: Dec 30, 2019 – Jan 20, 2020
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Bring your interest in Japanese Manga and Art to the ancient capital of Japan this January. Kyoto is the premier hub of traditional Japanese culture and is filled with palaces, temples, museums, and theaters. Coursework is taught in English at CIEE Kyoto and is complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • 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

    today it is often called the “cultural capital” of Japan — because of its rich cultural, religious, and artistic traditions.

  • Indulge in green tea

    either as a drink or green tea flavored pastries and desserts.

  • UNESCO World Heritage sites within Kyoto

  • Number of years Kyoto was Japan’s capital

  • Number of minutes by train to reach Osaka, Kobe and Nara


Location & Culture

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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.

The Culture

Excursions & Activities

Every CIEE program is complemented with co-curricular activities and excursions designed to enhance academic and intercultural learning. In Kyoto students may:

  • Tour the Kyoto Imperial Palace grounds where emperors of old resided
  • Take a walking tour of the Higashiyama District to experience traditional Kyoto
  • Visit the Kyoto National Museum, first opened in 1897, one of Japan’s oldest and most distinguished
  • Travel to nearby cities of Nara, home of Nara deer park, the Great Buddha Hall at Todaiji Temple, and the Kasuga Grand Shrine

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Students live in dormitory-style housing. Homestay options may also be available.

  • Meals

    Students can cook simple meals in the dormitory. Kyoto is well-known for its local cuisine. 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

    Our home in Kyoto

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    Kyoto Train Station

    The transportation hub of the city

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    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

During January in Kyoto, all students take the required course, Japanese Manga and Art, and participate in a range of complementary co-curricular, personal, and professional development activities to help facilitate integration into the host community as active global learners.

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


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  • Class Format

    Courses taught at CIEE Kyoto are exclusive to CIEE students. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and are held at CIEE Kyoto.

  • Grading

    Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including exams, quizzes, research papers, individual and group oral presentations or projects, and participation. A U.S. grading scale of A-F is used.

  • Academic Culture

    Courses are designed 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 by 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 play an active role in their own education and take part in group projects. Interaction with fellow students and professors is expected.


  • Overall GPA

    Overall GPA: 2.5

  • Program Credit

    Students take one course, for 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits,  45 contact hours.


Total credit:

  • 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45

Students take the required course, Japanese Manga and Art.

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.


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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:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

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

No Hidden Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

January 2020 Nov 1, 2019 Dec 30, 2019 Jan 20, 2020
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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 = $2,253 **

Housing = $750

Insurance = $47

Total Fees = $3,350

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 = $500

International Airfare = $1,600

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $400

Total Estimated Costs = $2,700

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

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

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