Tokyo, Japan

Summer Japanese Studies

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Information for term Summer Japanese Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 13 – Aug 12, 2018 (4 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.

  • Get to the heart

    of Japan's culture as you explore either your own, or through CIEE scheduled activities

  • Discover Japan's Treasures

    with two day overnight trip to Nikko where the most famous shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu is enshrined.

  • 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" 2015). 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. 


Start off with two day overnight trip to Nikko where the most famous shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu is enshrined.  Before you dive into city life, see some of Japan's beautiful mountain scenery … and relax in a traditional ONSEN (hot spring). Visit one of the 3 great waterfalls of Japan before you dive into the modern city life. In Tokyo, make plans to visit Senso-ji, the oldest Buddhist temple…originally built in 645. Or perhaps you will go up Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world… and take an awesome picture of the cityscape. 

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The Culture


  • Explore Tokyo through group activities and on your own – there’s always more to see and do.
  • Take a trip to Nikko, for an unforgettable introduction to Japanese culture.
  • 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 Japanese style dormitory located at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center (NYC). You will stay in a private room, suitable for quiet study...with plenty of dining options both within and outside the facility.

    The location is within walking distance of some of the most popular hotspots in all of Japan. The Center is located adjacent to the famous Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park. It is a hub to the 3 most popular neighborhoods in Japan (Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya). The NYC also is equipped with a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor (rooftop) tennis courts, several gyms for basketball, badminton, and ping-pong.  


    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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    The National Olympics Memorial Youth Center

    Education center in Tokyo, Japan

What People are Saying

  • Being able to make life long friends in these short 4 weeks 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 program begins with a special orientation and cultural activities to introduce students to Japanese society, organized by CIEE resident staff. Students then you will begin your courses in Language and Japanese Culture. Housing, classes and meeting rooms are all located on the campus of the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center. Located near Shinjuku Station, one of the most popular locations in all of Tokyo. It borders Yoyogi Park and is in close proximity to the famous Meiji Shrine.

Classes are taught by CIEE faculty.


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    Classes are held Monday through Friday, and meet for 130 minutes each.


    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.

Summer 2018 Courses

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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

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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Start Date

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Fees & Housing

Summer 2018 4 weeks Jul 13, 2018 Aug 12, 2018
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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 = $5,088 **

Housing = $2,295

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,850

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 = $1,100

International Airfare = $1,700

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $900 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $3,900

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

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