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Tokyo: Language & Culture at KUIS

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Sponsor: IES Abroad

Location: Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture, Japan


This program includes Japanese language classes at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), IES area studies courses, as well as an optional for-credit field placement opportunity.  The program also offers cultural activities, field trips and the Japanese student "ePals" program to help foster cultural integration.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Spring

Term Notes: Spring Semester generally begins in late March, so students enroll for Winter Quarter at NU and finish final exams before departure. If students do not take Winter Quarter classes at Northwestern, they must enroll in at least 15 semester credits while abroad.


Please note that KUIS courses worth less than 2 semester credits are not eligible to transfer back to Northwestern; refer to the Choosing Courses page for more information.

Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must:

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

Languages: Japanese, English

Language Requirements: 

Prior Japanese language knowledge is not required for the program but IES Abroad strongly recommends it. Beginning Japanese students should have a basic working knowledge of hiranga and katakana alphabets before the program begins.


Homestay or residence hall: Students living with host families often forge life-long friendships while enhancing their language skills and learning about Japanese customs, manners, and cuisine. Hosts provide breakfast seven days a week, and dinner Monday through Friday. Residence halls are single-sex, privately managed, and offer single rooms with shared common spaces and bathrooms for Japanese university students and young professionals. Residence halls offer a meal plan that provides breakfast and dinner from Monday through Saturday (no meals on Sundays or public holidays). There is also a common kitchen for student use, and rental refrigerators are available for student rooms for an additional cost. Whether staying with a host family or in a residence hall, you likely commute 40 to 90 minutes, as do most Japanese residents in the Tokyo area. If you have particularly high commuting costs, you will receive a monthly subsidy from IES Abroad.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $29,518

Billed by Northwestern: $18,040

Estimated additional costs: $11,478

  • Housing & insurance: $5,360
  • Meals: $1,698
  • Airfare: $1,200
  • Local transportation: $650
  • Books & supplies: $300
  • Personal expenses: $2,100
  • Japanese health insurance: $170

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