Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Language & Pop Culture

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Information for term Japanese Language & Pop Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 10 – Jul 7, 2019 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 8 – Aug 4, 2019 (4 weeks)


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Dive into Japanese language and pop culture.

Fascinated with anime and manga? Looking to learn the Japanese language or improve your proficiency? In this highly immersive program, you'll spend time each day after your language classes interacting with members of the community. You can explore areas rich in popular culture, such as Akihabara - the heartland of "otaku" culture where anime, manga, video games, and electronics abound - and youth fashion districts such as Shibuya and Harajuku. Tokyo has one-of-a-kind sights and sounds, with endless shopping opportunities, animal-themed cafes, and lively video game arcades. You will live on a campus for most of your stay and spend a weekend with a Japanese family. In your Japanese homestay, you will practice your language skills while sharing meals and taking part in local family routines and recreation. It all adds up to an experience you'll never forget. As you use and build on your new Japanese language skills, you'll be able to apply an insider's knowledge of Japan's cultural trends throughout your education, travels, and career.

The Take-Aways

  • Language

    60 hours of instruction in Japanese by CIEE professors, spanning two or more levels

  • College Credit

    4 college credits may be used to apply toward your future college degree, to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or to test out of a language level in college

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in Japanese, and documented language growth through pre- and post-program testing

Location & Culture

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Explore the contemporary and traditional sides of Japan.

 Japan’s capital city is a fascinating mix of centuries-old tradition and cutting-edge technology. Teens are drawn to this vibrant center of pop culture known for its anime shops, video game arcades, karaoke, and more. Tokyo is also unique for its animal-themed cafes, such as cat cafes and even owl cafes. Shoppers will want to hit the Shibuya and Harajuku districts for trendy teen fashions and people-watching. The city is famed for its vibrant food scene, such as sushi, ramen, tempura, okonomiyaki, and more. Fans of fine dining will be happy to know that Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, making it a global leader in innovative cuisine. During the summer, you may also see street stalls with food on sticks and shaved ice treats for snacks on the go. Along with skyscrapers and stores galore, you’ll also find peaceful public gardens throughout Tokyo, and historic landmarks and museums for quiet exploration.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

During our second week we visited Mitaka High School and got to meet Japanese high school students. We participated in some of their after school club activities...."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Dormitory accommodations with other CIEE program participants at the National Youth Center; Weekend homestay with a carefully screened Japanese family

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities 

  • ​Visit sites of major historic and cultural importance.
  • Learn to make authentic food and traditional specialties in Japanese cooking classes.
  • Take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
  • Try your hand at the elegant art of Japanese calligraphy.
  • Experience Japanese drum (taiko).
  • Visit a local school to meet with Japanese students and teachers.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • All proficiency levels.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship Page.

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insureance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Optional College Credit Fee

$150  Learn more 


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2019 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 10, 2019 Jul 7, 2019


Summer Session II 2019 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 8, 2019 Aug 4, 2019


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