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 4.3
Based on 20 Reviews
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I gained a new found sense of independence and confidence. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
February 07, 2024 Unforgettable
I gained how to navigate a foreign place on my own. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 08, 2023 A Brand New Life In Japan
What I gained is will be hard to summarize within sentences, but I can say that I understand Japan as a country, as a place where people live, better and through more perspectives. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I improved my cultural and language skills, and also gained a greater sense of confidence. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained more than I think I can realize in this moment. I gained a strong sense of who I am and what I want, I gained a strong sense of Japanese cultural values and knowledge (which are vastly different from the American/French values I originally held), and I got to experience cutting edge technological/social/agricultural met... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
August 02, 2023 What I Needed
Personally I was going though a lot at home and it gave me a safe space to finally work on myself and think about what I want out of my own life so I would say it was definitely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about people and the value of traveling for learning more about oneself - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 24, 2023 Isolating
I learned a lot of Japanese. I wonder whether it was worth while. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 30, 2023 Wish It Was Longer!
language skills improved - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I think this experience really helped me grow as a person. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Learn a lot about the culture and living experience while there. Also learned how to deal with a lot of the language and cultural barriers that exist when going to a different country. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Great Time
It was worthwhile. I loved learning. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Tokyo
My language skills increased tremendously, and I was able to pass the N2 level of the JLPT when I returned! I also made several friends, and improved my awareness of cross-cultural barriers and how to surmount them. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 07, 2024 Life Changing
I improved my language skills immensely and developed invaluable relationships - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I felt it was a worthwhile experience. My language ability greatly improved and I was able to gain valuable experience working with locals. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Japanese skills, relaxation, friends. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I mostly learned how to be flexible and adapt to new situations, a super important skill that I will likely use the rest of my life. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
August 02, 2023 Awesome Year
I had a lot of new experiences and learned much more than just the Japanese language. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 01, 2023 Tokyo Is Fun!
I learned a lot about myself and about Japan as a whole. I think it was valuable in shaping my future. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
April 16, 2023 A Lovely Time
I gained so many new experiences and learned more about myself. It was definitely worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 31, 2023 Fun And Wild
I learned a lot about myself and my language skills improved immensely. It was absolutely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 20, 2023 Amazing
it was great - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I was able to reconnect in some ways with my Japanese identity and am generally more comfortable with living in Japan now. Being in a city also helped me to explore other parts of my identity and open up more. I also really needed a mental health break from my home institution so being able to go abroad was a lifesaver. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Improved my language skills and got to know many interesting people - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Independence. Very worthwhile. - Middlebury 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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