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
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I learned to become more adventurous and try things that I never in a million years thought I would do, as well as see the world from a new perspective. I also gained work experience through my Middlebury internships. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Through my internship I gained an understanding of what I wanted to do for my career, but a lot of the classes were not very intellectually stimulating. Coming from my home university I was used to a certain standard of education, and I didn't feel very challenged or engaged. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned about the various small cultural aspects of Japan that are so trivial to those living there that they don't even realize it's a Japanese cultural thing. It was worthwhile, because I love the little stuff and gave me more ways in which we can look at the world. Also, I learned how to cut down a 70 foot tree using a chai... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 07, 2017 My Time In Tokyo
My ability in the language improved a lot, and I was able to get most of my points across. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
September 10, 2016 Interesting But Fast
I learned how to live on my own and get out my Wellesley bubble. As well as Japanese culture. Yes it was worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was very worthwhile; my language skills increased noticably, I learned a lot about Japan and Tokyo, and I had some amazing opportunities to travel and meet people. I don't think you can have a *bad* abroad experience, and for all of my mental health/personal struggles coloring my experience, I still think it was an extremely ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained so much personal growth through this program by being abroad. I wouldn't trade my experiences for anything. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Tokyo
My study abroad experience in Tokyo was something that I had been working towards since I was a freshmen in college. Besides the language experience I gained while I was abroad I learned how to be comfortable with myself and became more confident in a leadership role and as a representative of both my college and country. It def... - Providence College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Tokyo
I gained a lot of knowledge about the culture in Japan, of course, as well as what I learned in classes, but more than that I learned a lot about myself. I lived a lifestyle here that I'd never had the opportunity or even desire to do ever before, where I spent more time talking to people and making connections than doing anythi... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I challenged myself and got challenged often while abroad, and I think it's made me stronger as a person and more open-minded to new thoughts and experiences. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Japanese language skills/more cultural understanding, learning that I can function in a foreign country on my own. Yes, it was worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I was able to meet many new people in Japan, and go to new places. It inspired me to apply for jobs in Japan. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot of Japanese. I learned how to explore a new city. I learned that I need to push myself to be out of my comfort zone. I learned that if I put my mind to it and study, languages aren't actually difficult. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I felt a higher level of confidence not only in my language ability but also in my own independence. It was a great opportunity to be a part of another culture's university system and experience life for a year outside of the U.S. Every moment was amazing. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Living abroad really taught me how to be independent and gave me a lot of life experiences that I didn't have for whatever reason at my life back in the States. Yes, it was definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley 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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