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 3 – Aug 12, 2023 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 semester hours / 9 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Spend your summer studying abroad in Japan's mega-metropolis capital, Tokyo! Known for its outstanding modern and avant-garde features, Tokyo is the ideal place to spend six weeks exploring Japan's treasures while taking two courses in Japanese language, art, business, communications, history, pop culture, religion, or society. Conveniently located in the center of the city, CIEE Tokyo is surrounded by Japan's economic and educational hub, making it the perfect place to live and learn abroad.

Unique experiences


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

  • Discover Japan

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


    Venture beyond the city to enhance your learning on your own or through CIEE-scheduled activities and excursions.

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


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Location & Culture

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The world’s most populous city also ranks in the top five safest cities globally (The Economist: "Safe Cities Index" 2019). Tokyo, one of the most dynamic modern cities, has also become home to some of the world’s most popular trendsetters. 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 ceremonies, taiko drumming workshops, visits to historical temples, shrines, 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. 

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 Tokyo.

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 baseball is enjoyed in Japanese Style. 
  • Get out of the city and explore somewhere different… like Kamakura or Yokohama. 
  • Find your inner peace in an actual "Zen Garden". 

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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 palate and diet. 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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Summer Japanese Studies invites students to immerse themselves in the rich Japanese culture while selecting courses on beginner or intermediate Japanese language, Japanese art, Japanese pop culture, Japanese history, Japan’s economic development Japanese business industry, or religions of Japan. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions, organizations, and sites relevant to the course offerings. 

CIEE Tokyo is conveniently located in central Tokyo. 



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

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

2 CIEE elective courses 

Program Credit

Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits 

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 

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

Courses are designed and delivered by CIEE. Participation is important. Students should wait until the program ends to travel extensively. 

Class Format

Students will take two 3-credit courses held from the 2nd to the 6th week of the program. Each class will meet approximately 16 times (about 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. 

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

English and Japanese

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


Summer 2023 CIEE Courses

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Semester Credit

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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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
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

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.



Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2023 6 weeks Deadline Passed Jul 3, 2023 Aug 12, 2023
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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 = $5,858 **

Housing = $2,295

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $8,650

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

Other = $150

Total Estimated Costs = $3,750

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
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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