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 3.3
Based on 36 Reviews
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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
February 22, 2018 Go To Kyoto Instead
I did become better at Japanese but I think I would've had a far more enjoyable experience doing it at another program. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I did improve my Japanese. I learned it is very hard to meet local Japanese people. I also went out to experience Japanese food, sights, and different places, and also visited many contemporary art museums. I'm not sure it was worth my time because I was expecting to learn a lot from the Middlebury courses but I did not. I also ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
November 09, 2017 That Was Fun
Language aside, I got to really explore Japanese culture, and it was definitely worthwhile. I made one friend in particular who I am still in contact often with so that alone was worth it for me. I also got to travel around a lot and make lots of memories with amazing people. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned more about Japanese culture and also the life of Japanese people. I learned how to communicate with Japanese people under various circumstances. I furthered my knowledge on my major subject as well. - 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
For people with no experience with Japan, it's a pretty good program since it forces you to be an active part of Japanese society. However, some academic portions of the program were not very fulfilling, and the administration of these courses was sometimes frustrating (class requirements were not clear, syllabus was not provide... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I highly recommend for those looking to explore Tokyo/Japan through study abroad; however, if you even have a slight interest in academics and learning, this program disappoints. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
August 30, 2017 Floating In Japan
Learning about Japan, the good and the bad was super worthwhile. Exploring nature in Japan and learning about how Japan does food was super fun. Even small interactions had a lot to teach on how different the world can be. The most important lesson I learned however was how to live there. That is to say, Tokyo and most Japanese ... - 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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