Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Tokyo

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Once a small fishing village, Tokyo is now a major international capital of culture, economy and politics. With a population of 12 million, the contrast of Tokyo’s history and modernity can be seen throughout the city and its wards in the fast-pac... read more

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OVERALL RATING 3.5
Based on 43 Reviews
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A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Tokyo
October 09, 2019 Getting To Know Mitaka
I gained language fluency, as well as a deeper cultural understanding. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned more about the culture and deepened my love for it. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Japanese language skills -- it was definitely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned more about Japanese language, and current issues in Japan. In my opinion, it was worthwhile, for sure. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
March 13, 2019 It Was Okay
Learned to use my japanese a lot - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Japan is great! I improved my Japanese and even made some local friends. The food is good, but be careful with spending. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
We had lots of traditional Japanese experiences that we definitely would not have had on any other program. For example, we cut rice and wood, got to experience classes with middle schoolers, and went to public baths. It took some effort and was a little nerve wracking at first, but I made lots of friends at well, both locally a... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
September 23, 2018 Japan Rocks, Icu Doesn't
About Japan, yes - Middlebury College View Entire Review
July 10, 2018 Tokyoite
I loved it and I am excited to go back. Japan really became home for me! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
July 05, 2018 Take The Leap!
I improved my Japanese skills a lot through this program and was able to learn about the local culture and environment through my work as an intern and my experience joining a school organization. I also became much more independent and now feel comfortable supporting myself in a foreign environment. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Fake people exist all over the world. Don’t believe in what your home institution boasts about, that’s propaganda. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Tokyo
I satisfy my curiosity about Japan since I was a kid. It was worthwhile! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile - International Christian University View Entire Review
September 18, 2019 Adventures In Tokyo
I loved living in Japan, it was amazing to experience the culture, especially being a student. Yes, it was worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was certainly worthwhile. In addition to greatly improving my language ability and increasing my cultural knowledge, I learned what it was like to be out of my comfort zone and interact with numerous strangers, who would become my friends. I had to think about and learn who I was and where I came from in a setting in which I ... - Tulane University View Entire Review
I learned a lot more about sustainability and how Japan is combatting depopulation. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
The best part about this program was exploring the county's culture. Its amazing how different things are (and how clean). It definitely made it worth going, if only slightly. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I improved my Japanese language skills. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 25, 2019 Awesome
Mostly insight into what makes me happy. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
i gained more independence but i did not feel as if my language skills improved a lot. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I believe my Japanese fluency improved and I am more confident to talk in front of native speakers now. It was worthwhile in my opinion. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about cultural nuance, and also how being good at a foreign language doesn't mean you're competent at navigating the culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
July 05, 2018 Hell And Back Again
Did a lot of growing in all the solitary time I had since I had like 3 friends, but biggest thing I learned is that I have to rely on myself and only myself to get things done. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
July 05, 2018 Lost In Japan
I gained experience in independence and understanding myself. It was worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Experience is always worthwhile. - Hamilton College View Entire Review

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Once a small fishing village, Tokyo is now a major international capital of culture, economy and politics. With a population of 12 million, the contrast of Tokyo’s history and modernity can be seen throughout the city and its wards in the fast-paced approach to urban life juxtaposed against its architecture, traditions, and landscape, all of which make it an ideal location for study abroad. Because of the suburban location of the School in Japan—in the Mitaka neighborhood, 30 minutes west of Tokyo—Middlebury students benefit from the advantages and opportunities of Tokyo while living and studying in a campus-like environment.

Middlebury's host institution, International Christian University (ICU), a non-denominational university founded in 1953, and with an enrollment of 2,900 students, boasts a national reputation for superior language instruction. It was the first liberal arts college in Japan and its academic offerings include Japanese language and literature, history, art history, psychology, linguistics, and international studies, among others. On-campus housing with Japanese roommates provides a personal view of Japanese culture and allows students to meet their Japanese peers through all student-run extracurricular activities and clubs.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Japanese
Language Requirement(s):
  • Japanese
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Japanese Language, Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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