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Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Program sponsor: Columbia University

Fall quarter 2017. Tenryu-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan.
Fall quarter 2017. Tenryu-ji Temple, 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 of Kyoto's past but it also explores its present as well as Japan's place in today's global world.

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Program Requirements


Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student in good academic and disciplinary standing; minimum 3.0 average language and cumulative GPA.


Fall semester and full year students must have 1 year or equivalent of college-level Japanese; Spring semester must have 1.5 years of the equivalent of college-level Japanese.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Homestays or apartments: most students choose to live with a Japanese family to enhance their language skills and insights into the society as well as for the personal support. Students choosing the apartment option must make a special effort to get involved in Japanese society and student life. This work best for those who are very independent or already have considerable experience living in Japan.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $33,347

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $20,550
  • Room & board: $5,500
  • Columbia transcript fee: $105
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Total: $28,955

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Additional meals: $1,500
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Local transportation: $200
  • Personal expenses: $1,000
  • GeoBlue: $192

Total: $4,392

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) program through Columbia University, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the the KCJS program, you may be required to pay a deposit directly to Columbia to confirm your participation on the program. The deposit is your responsibility to pay; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your complete KCJS program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program's materials for the most current cost information.

  • Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after Columbia has confirmed the payment.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other Program Charges

If you receive an invoice from Columbia that includes your tuition, housing/program fee, or transcript, you should not pay it; please forward it to Krista Bethel. Northwestern will pay Columbia directly for your program charges, which will be billed to you through your CAESAR account.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly.

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