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 11 – Jul 8, 2018 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 4 – 31, 2018 (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? This highly immersive program integrates language learning with behind-the-scenes access to some of the country’s most creative production studios.

After your morning Japanese classes, you’ll spend an additional hour each day practicing language outside of class – talking with an anime film creator or artist, for instance, or chatting informally with Japanese high school students during regular get-togethers. Together you’ll take in the one-of-a-kind sights and sounds of Tokyo’s shops, anime theaters, "bunny cafes,” and other pop culture landmarks.

In Tokyo, you’ll live in a campus setting for most of your stay. You’ll also spend a weekend with a Japanese family – practicing the language while preparing and sharing meals, and taking part in 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, karaoke, and kitschy animal cafes. Along with more than three dozen cat cafes, Tokyo now has several others featuring snakes, turtles, goats, bunnies, and even hedgehogs.

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, with sushi and soba noodles being popular mainstays. Summer brings out many 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 

  • Take trips to manga and anime studios to meet professional artists.
  • Take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
  • Try your hand at the elegant art of Japanese calligraphy.
  • Heal your mind and muscles in the steamy hot waters of a Sentō bath house.
  • Learn to make authentic sushi, bento lunch boxes, waghashi confectionaries and other traditional specialties in Japanese cooking classes.
  • Experience abundant nature and local craftsmanship of Tohoku while staying in a private residence.
  • Visit sites of major historic and cultural importance.

View a sample itinerary

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


Optional College Credit Fee

$100  Learn more 


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2018 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 11, 2018 Jul 8, 2018


Summer Session II 2018 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 4, 2018 Jul 31, 2018


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