Columbia University: Kyoto - Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies / KCJS

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The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is a two-semester academic program for undergraduates who wish to do advanced work in Japanese language and Japanese studies. The program helps students strengthen their Japanese skills by providing intens... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.5
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Past Review Exceptional
I learned how to be a global student and traveler. Definitely worthwhile; best experience of my life. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Unforgettable
It was definitely worthwhile! I learned a lot about Japanese culture and history and I loved being in Kyoto. There are a lot of shrines and places to visit and it's just a day's journey from other popular sightseeing areas like Nara and Osaka. I also had a great homestay experience and felt very comfortable living in Japan. KCJ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My future plans definitely, without a doubt, include returning to Japan. - Barnard College View Entire Review
I made a lot of new friends. I learned so much about japanese culture that I wouldn't have been able to learn from the textbooks. - Barnard College View Entire Review
Past Review Kcjs
Extremely. It gave me much more confidence in myself, and really helped my language ability. - Tufts University View Entire Review
I feel a lot more independent. I am glad I travelled on my own during Fall break. The program gives you boundaries and a sense of direction . Whatever you do on your own time, outside of school, should break all boundaries. - Barnard College View Entire Review
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- Tufts University View Entire Review
I gained more confidence in my abilities to speak Japanese and hold a conversation with native speakers. I also made a lot of great friends that I will keep in touch with. I would not trade the experience for anything. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Columbia University: Kyoto - Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies
Amazing memories, great friends, and a ton of new kanji! Definitely worth it! - Barnard College View Entire Review
Absolutely. I think I'm more courageous and adventurous after my semester abroad. I have a much broader understanding of Japanese culture. It reinforced my academic interests. I am now considering the JET program, which I had little interest in before going to Japan. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I came out of the experience understanding just so much more of how Japanese society runs. My interests are not just about popular culture anymore, but now more about the people and their lives. I became really fascinated by the gender, foreign/native, racial and class struggles within Japan. I really love the Japanese language... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes, my study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile-- overall I had a great time. I loved my host family, the friends I made on the program, and getting to know Kyoto. I really enjoyed getting to know a completely new and different culture, and getting to apply and really improve my Japanese skills. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes I found it very worthwhile. My language ability improved dramatically and I gained an understanding of the local culture that would have been impossible had I not gone to Japan. It also gave me a new outlook and forced me to challenge myself by having to use Japanese even when I wasn't fully confident to do so. - Tufts University View Entire Review

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The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is a two-semester academic program for undergraduates who wish to do advanced work in Japanese language and Japanese studies. The program helps students strengthen their Japanese skills by providing intensive language training and through regular interactions with host families and the local community. Understanding of Japanese society and culture is enhanced by the integration of the historical and cultural resources of Kyoto into the academic curriculum and student life. Not only does KCJS examine the significance of Kyoto's past but it also explores its present as well as Japan's place in today's global world.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Japanese Studies
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