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Established in September 1989, the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS, 京都アメリカ大学コンソーシアム) is a consortium of 14 American universities that sponsors a rigorous, two-semester academic program for undergraduates who wish to do advanced work in Japanese language and cultural studies. (日本語のパンフレット(PDF)はこちら

Participating institutions are: Boston University, Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University/Barnard College, Cornell University, Emory University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University, in association with the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia.

Students at institutions outside of the consortium are also welcome and encouraged to apply.

KCJS is centrally located in Kyoto on the Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University (同志社大学), bounded on the south by the Imperial Palace grounds, and to the northeast by Shokokuji temple.

Information on access to Kyoto, Doshisha University, and KCJS is available HERE in PDF in format.

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A message from KCJS Director Mark Lincicome

Welcome to the Kyoto-based website for the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS)! (Please also visit our Columbia University-based website for other important information and details on how to submit an application.)

Over the last quarter century, hundreds of students have completed a semester, year, or summer at KCJS. Many suggest in their testimonials that it was the best year of their life! We look forward to welcoming you to the KCJS family, and of course Kyoto, our city rich in beauty, culture and history.

Founded in 1989 and housed in the Stanford Japan Center until 2006, KCJS is now based in the Fusokan building on the campus of Doshisha University. At Doshisha, KCJS students are full members of the university community and enjoy access to campus facilities and events.

We are proud to offer a demanding and rewarding academic program that will help develop your Japanese language skills and provide opportunities to explore many aspects of japan, including its history, culture, art, religion and business practices. Our curriculum consists of intensive morning Japanese language classes and afternoon subject courses taught by accomplished faculty who are experts in their fields. The third core component of our curriculum is the Community Involvement Project (CIP), a program that encourages you to venture beyond the four-walled classroom and into the community where you will use the Japanese language and be immersed in Japanese life.

KCJS offers a wide-range of extracurricular activities, such as field trips, guest lectures, alumni panels, and language partner exchanges, in which you can participate alongside students from Doshisha and Kyoto University. During your stay in Kyoto, you will have the option to live with a host family or stay in an apartment or guest house.

In Summer 2015, KCJS offered intermediate and advanced Japanese language programs for eight weeks, along with a six-week program in Classical Japanese.

The KCJS faculty, staff and I look forward to welcoming you to Kyoto and hope that you will agree with our alumni that KCJS is indeed the experience of a lifetime!

Mark Lincicome

KCJS Director

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

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Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies 京都アメリカ大学コンソーシアム

Doshisha University, 2F Fusokan
Karasuma Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori
Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8580 JAPAN

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