IES Abroad: Tokyo - Tokyo Summer

6 recent reviews
  • Location(s): Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Intensive Language

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As one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, Tokyo and its environs will challenge you to look at the world differently. Mastering public transportation, trying exotic foods, encountering the maximum urban environment that surrounds carefully... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
Based on 6 Reviews
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October 03, 2019 A Summer In Tokyo
I had tested into the higher division of the 3000 level classes. I believe the level of instruction in class is more than satisfactory. Classes are quite personal (~8-20 people). Each class does various extracurricular activities throughout the semester based on level. These range from cooking classes with native Japanese stude... - Washington State University View Entire Review
I learnt a lot not only about Japanese culture but also about my fellow classmates' cultures and backgrounds. As I was in the lowest level, level 100, I learnt new phrases and how to read basic Japanese. I think I'd be able to get by for everyday things. Of course, I'll have to continue my studies to be better at Japanese. View Entire Review
October 01, 2016 An Amazing Experience
A new cultural mindset, a great deal of first-hand experience with Japanese language and culture, and so many new friends that I am still in touch with. It was absolutely worthwhile. - Florida Gulf Coast University View Entire Review
A great intro to the language, an amazing time exploring Tokyo and a lot of friendships along the way. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Understanding of Japanese culture. Yes it was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Abroad In Japan
It was def worth it. - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
Japan is a modernized country. Its easy to navigate and live there and learning and using Japanese is fun. If living conditions were better I'd have enjoyed it more. All the RAs and coordinators were fantastic! Aside from the head coordinator in Japan, Friday or whatever his name was. He doesn't do anything for the program. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I gained a much stronger grasp of the Japanese language. While I am far from fluent, I was able to put what I learned in class into actual use. Being able to speak Japanese throughout the entire 3 day home stay program was exciting and rewarding. I learned a lot about Japanese culture, as well as the common misconceptions about ... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
-Embarrassment is a key motivator to learning a new language -It won't be easy to live in Tokyo for a gaijin, so you shouldn't slack off -You meet the most interesting people in unexpected places - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I made new friends, whom I plan to keep in touch with. I learned how to be more independent compared to before my study abroad experience. I also have matured during my study abroad experience. I can say that I learned first-hand knowledge about Japanese culture, after being taught for two years. I definately believe that this t... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Vastly improved Japanese language skills. Improved communication skills in general. An appreciation and understanding of a new culture. Confidence in my ability to handle new situations and to use problem solving skills in an unfamiliar environment. Yes! It was 100% worthwhile. I learned and experienced so much and I would r... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
This program was very satisfying, and it has hardened my resolve to return to Japan in th future. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Studying in Japan was right in line with my East Asian Studies major. The only real trouble I had, was the cost of living in Tokyo. Transportation, food, and entertainment costs can quickly rack up if you're not careful. However, Tokyo is a very safe city in terms of crime rate. Even in you drop/lose your cellphone or wallet, yo... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned better time management and learned how to better appreciate people's differences. I was very eye opening and I think it truly made me a better person. - Washington State University View Entire Review
Planning is important if you want to go abroad. Not only planning for traveling spots, but also spending budgets, ways of making friends with locals and how you gonna spend every day wisely. It definitely helps. - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
I learn how to make friends with people who speak different languages with me. It is totally worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a massive amount about what it's like to live and grow up in another culture. It was absolutely worth it, Japan is a great country to study abroad in because it is so safe and unique. There are so many cool things there, I only wish I had time to see them all! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot of Japanese. The class I took was very tough, and there was homework every day. I made a lot of Japanese friends and really value my time there. I can't wait to go back. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Tokyo - IES Abroad in Tokyo, Summer
I learned that I can survive out in the world on my own and I'm capable of making friends from other countries without knowing the language fluently. I'm also way better with directions than my mom ever thought I was. It's exactly what I wanted and I've wanted to go to Japan since middle school. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Based on my experience in Japan, I decided to major in East Asia Studies, and I was able to jump a year in Japanese language classes back at my college. Definitely worthwhile! - Oberlin College View Entire Review
An understanding of the way Japanese culture works, and an improvement in my own Japanese fluency. I would say it was very worthwhile. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review Japan.
I made a lot of friends and learned quite a bit of Japanese for such a short program. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Tokyo - IES Abroad in Tokyo, Summer
I gained many new friendships and an appreciation for a culture other than my own. I believe without a doubt that this trip was worthwhile - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
You don't realize how little you understand another culture until you're immersed in it. I feel much more aware of the culture in Japan now than before. I know now that I want to teach in Japan and maybe even attend graduate school there. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I enjoyed my time there thoroughly and plan to return sometime. Until then I had never been abroad and am glad to have the experience. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review

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As one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, Tokyo and its environs will challenge you to look at the world differently. Mastering public transportation, trying exotic foods, encountering the maximum urban environment that surrounds carefully nurtured gardens and parks, experiencing a lifestyle that combines fast-paced modernity with age-old traditions – all of these will expand your view of the world and offer insights into your own reality.

This program is excellent for serious students at all levels who seek to study Japanese language in an intensive 6-credit course. Courserelated excursions in and around Tokyo complement what you are learning in the classroom, and help you gain knowledge of Japanese culture and society.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • Japanese
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Japanese Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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