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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 (KCJS) is a consortium of 14 American universities that sponsors a rigorous academic program for undergraduates who wish to do advanced work in Japanese language and cultural studies. The KCJS curriculum provides intensive Japanese language study and the opportunity to choose from a broad spectrum of social sciences and humanities courses on pre-modern and contemporary Japan.

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 2015: $31,717

Billed by Northwestern: $27,160

  • Tuition: $19,100
  • Room & board: $5,500
  • SAAF: $2,560

Estimated additional costs: $4,557

  • Additional meals: $1,000
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Local transportation: $600
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Personal expenses: $1,000
  • HTH: $152
  • Transcript fee: $105 (billed by Columbia)

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