Tokyo, Japan

Summer Japanese Studies

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Information for term Summer Japanese Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jul 1 – Aug 12, 2019 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 semester hours / 9 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Originally a small fishing village from the 15th Century, Tokyo has remained the largest city in the world from the mid 1960’s. While Tokyo has become known for its outstanding modern and avant-garde features, peppered throughout this mega-metropolis are hotspots of Japanese culture and tradition. 

Unique experiences

  • Boost your Japanese

    by building upon what you know already... or start from scratch. Everywhere you go will be a chance to practice your new found linguistic skills.

  • Discover Japan

    through English-taught courses covering a range of cultural, social, and historical topics

  • Explore Japan’s Treasures

    as you explore on your own, or through CIEE scheduled activities and excursions

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan. Venture beyond the city to enhance your learning.

  • million people make this the most densely populated place on Earth

  • square miles of total land space in Japan


Location & Culture

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The world’s most populous city… and also the safest. (The Economist: "Safe Cities Index" 2017). Tokyo is one of the world’s most dynamic modern cities in the world. It has also become one of the world’s most popular trend setters. Along with the futuristic, you will also find pockets of deeply traditional culture as well. 


Dive into Japanese culture through CIEE activities and excursions to enhance your educational experience. While activities vary by year, past activities have included tea ceremony, taiko drumming workshops, visits to historical temples, shrines, and museums, and more. You and your friends can also venture out into areas such as Akihabara, the heartland of manga, anime, and otaku culture; Harajuku, where kawaii fashion reigns supreme; and Shibuya, where shopping opportunities abound.

The Culture


  • Explore Tokyo through group activities and on your own – there’s always more to see and do.
  • Get to the ballpark to see how Japan enjoys baseball... Japanese Style.
  • Get out of the city and explore somewhere different… like Kamakura or Yokohama.
  • Find your Zen in an actual "Zen Garden".

Daily Life

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    Dorms. Students will stay in a dormitory located within the Greater Tokyo Area. Your dorm will be within walking distance from a train station, granting you easy access to Tokyo’s numerous sites and attractions through one of the most efficient and comprehensive transportation networks in the world.


    Tokyo boasts an amazing array of restaurants and eateries to satisfy any palates and diets. Students are responsible for their own meals.

Tokyo, Japan

Where You'll Study

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What People are Saying

  • Being able to make life long friends … and being able to watch each other develop and grow as a more culturally sensitive person, and Into someone who are able to think globally and leave the "American" way of thinking.

    Kira, Villanova University, Summer 16

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What you need to know

The program details

The first week of the program includes orientation sessions and activities organized by CIEE resident staff. During orientation you will learn how to maximize your experience while staying safe. Courses teaching topics such as language, culture, and society begin the following week. In-between courses you will have opportunities to dig deeper into Japanese culture through more activities and excursions.

Classes are taught by CIEE faculty.


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    You will take two 3-credit courses held from the 2nd to the 6th week of the program. Each class will meet approximately 15 times (2 and a half hours per session) during that period.


    Assessment is based on exams, quizzes, presentations, and papers. Students are given letter grades of A-F.


    Participation is important. Students should wait until the program ends to travel extensively.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    If you plan to take a Japanese language course, study before the program starts – classes are fast-paced and intensive. Get in touch with us before you apply if you’re an international student – you may need additional documents to get a visa.


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course

Students take two courses, both taught in English.

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

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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, Deadlines & Fees

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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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Japanese culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2019 6 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jul 1, 2019 Aug 12, 2019
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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 = $5,388 **

Housing = $2,295

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $8,150

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 = $800

International Airfare = $1,700

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $900 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $3,600

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

†† includes local cell phone rental fees ($10 for duration of program), but does not include usage fees

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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