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Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

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Sponsor: Columbia University

Location: Kyoto, Japan


The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is designed for students seeking to do advanced work in Japanese language and Japanese studies. The program helps students strengthen their Japanese skills by providing intensive language training and through regular interactions with host families and the local community. Understanding of Japanese society and culture is enhanced by the integration of the historical and cultural resources of Kyoto into the academic curriculum and student life. Not only does KCJS examine the significance ofKyoto's past but it also explores its present as well as Japan's place in today's global world.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete a Columbia application by the program's deadline

Languages: Japanese, English

Language Requirements: 

  • Fall Semester and Full Year students: 2 years or the equivalent of college-level Japanese
  • Spring Semester students: 2.5 years or the equivalent of college-level Japanese.


Homestays (2 meals/day)

Program Costs: 

Fall 2016: $31,855

Billed by Northwestern: $27,325

  • Tuition: $19,100
  • Room & board: $5,500
  • Columbia transcript fee: $105
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,620

Estimated additional costs: $4,530

  • Additional meals: $1,000
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Local transportation: $720
  • Books & supplies: $150
  • Personal expenses: $1,000
  • HTH: $160

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