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
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
Yes, I enjoyed lots of time traveling. Bryan T - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
All in all, the study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile. Aside from learning from distinguished professors and language instructors, I was also able to take in all of Tokyo in a short while. This was thanks to our strategic placement, useful assistants, and overall efficiency of the program. I definitely recommend i... Anish T - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
I honestly learned a lot about myself while being in Japan. I learned what part of me I felt was truly defining and what part existed in the context of American culture. I also learned a lot about the American mindset by being surrounded by a completely different. I would say more, but that would spoil it for those of you hop... Nauder N - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was very worthwhile. My language skills improved a lot, and I had the opportunity to assimilate into a culture different from my own. I learned a lot about myself, matured greatly, and had a lot of fun. Studying abroad in Japan let me not only improve my academic skills, but also taught me how to live ... Lauren O - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Jared R - University of Hartford 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
I understand that I know very little about Japan and must go back to learn more. Timothy H - Austin College View Entire Review
I loved almost every moment of it and I still love it. I have another semester to go and I am looking forward to it! I still don't understand parts of the culture, but I like it all the same, its an adventure to go out there and find new bits and pieces of the culture that you have never seen before. Vong L - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
This was my first time truly on my own and in a country with such a truly different culture. It was eye-opening and great fun. It has made me consider working or studying abroad again for a short time. Chloe W - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Definitely worth while and I would definitely choose it again, simply because it was the only Japan program offered at UT for the summer. My experience was amazing only because of when I went out and explored the city; not because of all the little things the program itself did for me. But, the program gave me an excuse to g... Ashley S - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was not what I had expected. I was tricked into thinking the school I would be attending would be in Tokyo but it was in Chiba. This led to me spending more money on transportation to go into Tokyo and also not being able to stay out longer than 11pm or i would not make the last train to my home when p... Lily Y - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was so worth it. Nothing can describe the amount of knowledge and lifelong friendships I have gained. Japan was a wonderful trip, however very VERY expensive. More scholarships should be given!! Golden G - University of Hartford 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