IES Abroad: Tokyo - Language & Culture
Tea ceremony, calligraphy, music, dance, and martial arts—Japan is a medley of culture, old and new, that you can explore during your time in Tokyo. Live and learn in this exciting city where the past mingles with the future, and the ultra-modern ... read more
I gained the knowledge that I could have gone to Kanda and get an apartment on my own. I definitely did not get help from IES. My experience in Nagoya was much more worthwhile. Laura L - Austin College View Entire Review
I learned a lot more about Japanese culture, gained more confidence, some Japanese friends, and a Japanese family. It was definitely worthwhile, and it assured me that I want to live in Japan in the future. Shelby T - Austin College View Entire Review
Although I cannot properly articulate all the lessons I've learned from studying abroad,I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to study abroad. There are many things you learn about yourself, your relation to other people, and your small role in the world when you study abroad-- and it makes all the difference. Diana D - Austin College View Entire Review
I learned how to be open minded considering the students I went with. A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned NOT to ever have anything to do with IES ever again. I also learned a lot of foreign language from daily interactions and came to greatly appreciate Japanese culture. A student - Austin College View Entire Review
Don't judge your experience on Study Abroad based on a bad program, wait for the better program. It makes all the difference in the world. Lauren H - Austin College View Entire Review
I gained a broader sense of self and the confidence that I can overcome any obstacle. I have truly grown as a person and feel like I'm now ready for the real world, whereas before study abroad I relied a lot on my friends and family. A student - Villanova University View Entire Review
I gained more than I can put here. This was my first time away from home. Away from everything that was familiar to me. It was really hard for me to adjust at first, but now I know that I have grown a lot as a person because of this experience. It was most worthwhile. Even if my Japanese didn't improve at all I have no regr... lindsey.e.wilson.3 - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I gain the ability to better understand the Japanese people and people from different cultures. A student - Austin College View Entire Review
I learned about my independence. I got to feel what it was like to be truly appreciated and learned to appreciate myself more. susan.peoples.58 - William Jewell College View Entire Review
Perspective. Ultimately yes, but I had to work hard to make it that way... Christopher S - Austin College View Entire Review
It was a great experience and it has inspired me to travel more in the future! Jerome W - Hope College View Entire Review
Because this was my first time abroad, I had no idea what to expect, so I went in with an open mind. And now, although I am still greatly interested in Japan, I have a desire to visit and experience as many cultures as possible Tiara T - Illinois Wesleyan University View Entire Review
This experience was absolutely worthwhile. I went into this experience as the only one from my university. I really needed to get out of my comfort zone, meet new people, and explore a new place, and this program proved that I could do it. The people on my program were some of the most amazing people I have ever met, and I can h... David F - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Tokyo was challenging and fascinating. My time there didn't just teach me about the culture or language. It taught me that people are people, no matter where you go or how different the culture, and we can all connect with each other if we just put out the effort. It also taught me how to be confident, outgoing, and inquisitive ... A student - Austin College View Entire Review
-sense of independence -decision to take Japanese more seriously Overall the experience was worthwhile, but not necessarily because of IES Abroad. A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
learned a lot about another culture rjkalyan - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned about what it is like to be in a culture that has many differences to the one I am used to. I gained many friends and a different way of looking at things. It was worthwhile. A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
The most worthwhile experience I have had. I learned some of the language, I gained a better understanding of the culture, I connected with local people, I gained many new friends, and I found out where I want to live for the rest of my life. Rebekah P - Austin College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the language and the Japanese people as well as their culture. I already had an idea about what it would be like but was shown I knew very little. I also learned that there is much to appreciate about all cultures and that there are good and bad with both. Finally, despite the clashing differences, there wa... A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
The biggest thing I gained from this program is independence in a foreign country. It's intimidating at first when you are wondering about a country and not understand what people are saying around you. However, you learn how to get around independently and develop basic conversation with individuals. I wouldn't trade thi... A student - Austin College View Entire Review
A wealth of personal insight, and a new skill in playing the shamisen, a Japanese folk instrument. A student - Austin College View Entire Review
Yes it was definitely worth while. I learned to be a stronger person and to not care so much about what other people were doing and thinking around me. I needed to not care so much about what other people thought of me. If I can survive what happened to me in Japan, I can take on America. lizzy.herrera.75 - Austin College View Entire Review
I want to go back. I want to learn more Japanese. Japan is amazing. I was significantly lacking in motivation to manufacture my return to the states because I wanted to stay so badly. Thomas D - Trinity University View Entire Review
I definitely think that we have much to learn from people abroad in terms of the way they live. Japanese people are very welcoming to Americans, and are definitely curious about our lifestyle. If the occasion calls for it, I would love to return to Japan, whether to visit friends/family, or to work. Anthony F - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Tea ceremony, calligraphy, music, dance, and martial arts—Japan is a medley of culture, old and new, that you can explore during your time in Tokyo. Live and learn in this exciting city where the past mingles with the future, and the ultra-modern stands side-by-side with the traditional.
Expand your understanding of Japan by immersing yourself in contemporary Japan and its culture—and what better way to learn the Japanese language? At Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), you take a 6-credit language course specially designed for IES Abroad students (with the option of taking up to 12 credits of language), plus area studies courses taught in English. The English-language course offerings look at Japan from the point of view of popular culture, history, politics, and the arts. Founded in 1987, KUIS is a private university dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in International Studies, Foreign Languages, Intercultural Communication, Japanese Culture, and Linguistics.
Tokyo will be your classroom. Visit Tokyo’s traditional hot spots, like the temple at Asakusa, the gardens of the Imperial Palace, and the Meiji Grand Shrine. You can also learn about Tokyo’s younger generations by visiting popular districts like Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Harajuku.
We want you to feel at home in Tokyo, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. Our ePal program introduces you to a local student before you even arrive! Your ePal teaches you about Japanese culture, and helps you practice your Japanese language skills. You can also enroll in Social Organization in Japan and the field placement program, which provides you with first-hand experience in a Japanese organization. We also take you to places in and around Tokyo that you might not experience on your own.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Environmental Studies
- Asian Studies
- Communication and Media Studies
- Japanese Language, Literature
- Cultural Studies
- Urban Studies
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