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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 a Northwestern 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: 1 year or the equivalent of college-level Japanese
  • Spring Semester students: 1.5 years or the equivalent of college-level Japanese.


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. Homestays include a private room for the KCJS student, who is provided with both breakfast and dinner. KCJS provides homestay students with a lunch stipend. 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. Apartment students will receive a daily lunch subsidy from KCJS, but must prepare their own breakfast and dinner or eat out. All students will have a commute (anywhere from 20-90 minutes) from their housing to campus involving a walk, a bike, bus, or train ride or a combination thereof.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2018: $32,791

Billed by Northwestern: $28,355

  • Tuition: $19,950
  • Room & board: $5,500
  • Columbia transcript fee: $105
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Estimated additional costs: $4,436

  • Additional meals: $1,500
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Local transportation: $200
  • Books & supplies: $50
  • Personal expenses: $1,000
  • GeoBlue: $186

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