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 Resident Director

Lindsay Amthor Yotsukura

Welcome to the Kyoto-based website for the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS)! This complements the site already established through Columbia University’s Office of Global Programs, which provides essential information about KCJS and also functions as the access point for submitting an application to our program. Our Kyoto site is designed to give you a more detailed picture of our academic and extracurricular programs, our faculty and staff, and also our alumni, many of whom have moved on to assume positions of leadership in Japan and abroad since they spent a semester or year at KCJS.

KCJS is now based at Doshisha University, where recent campus initiatives have brought a significant influx of programs and students to campus from countries across the world. We encourage you to explore our site and familiarize yourself with the history of KCJS and Doshisha, our advantageous location in Kyoto, and to become acquainted with our faculty and staff. We also provide details about our language and elective courses, our unique Community Involvement Project (CIP), the range of housing options we offer (homestay, apartment, or guest house), and the types of extracurricular activities in which you can participate, often alongside students form Doshisha and Kyoto University through the special ties KCJS has established with these institutions.

NEW! We are excited to announce that in Summer 2014, KCJS will offer both intermediate and advanced Japanese programs for eight weeks, along with our six-week program in Classical Japanese. You can find more information on our new site: KCJS Summer Programs in Modern and Classical Japanese. Also, students who enroll at KCJS for the academic year or spring term are eligible to apply to our KCJS summer research grant program.

Through the pictures included here of our facilities, faculty, staff, activities, and the local environs, we hope to provide you with a sense of what a “day in the life” of a KCJS student is like, and as a result, that you will come experience our program firsthand. As testimonials here from our alumni suggest, this could well become the best year (semester, or summer) of your life!


Best wishes,


Lindsay Amthor Yotsukura

Resident 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

同志社大学 扶桑館2F

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