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Welcome to the summer programs website for the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS)! This has been designed to give you a detailed picture of our intensive academic curricula and varied extracurricular activities, our faculty and staff, and wide range of housing options during your stay here. Note that our site works in tandem with the one already established through Columbia University’s Office of Global Programs, which functions as the access point for submitting an application to our summer programs.


We are very pleased to announce that in the summer 2017, we will offer Accelerated 2nd Year Japanese in addition to the existing courses (2nd year, 3rd year4th year and 5th year). All courses will be eight-weeks in length, in addition to our six-week course in classical Japanese. The Modern Japanese program will begin in early June and run through the end of July, while the Classical program will begin in mid-June and also finish at the end of July.

Schedule for Modern Japanese Program (2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th year Japanese tracks) – Summer 2017

Orientation May 25
Students arrive May 24
Placement test May 26
Start of classes May 29
Midterm exam June 22
Overnight trip June 23-24
No class July 17
Last day of classes July 18
Study day July 19
Final exam July 20
Final presentations, final ceremony July 21


Schedule for Classical Japanese Program – Summer 2017

Orientation June 8
Students arrive June 7
First day of class June 9
Overnight trip June 23-24
No class July 17
Final exam & closing ceremony July 21


We encourage you to explore our site and familiarize yourself with the history of KCJS and Doshisha as well as our advantageous location in Kyoto. Through the information included here of our classes, facilities, faculty, staff, cultural activities, and the local environs, together with comments from previous participants, we hope to provide you with a sense of what a “day in the life” of a KCJS summer student is like, and as a result, that you will come experience our programs firsthand. You may like it so much you’ll return for a semester or full academic year!


Background: About KCJS

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 13 American universities that sponsors a rigorous, two-semester program for undergraduates who wish to do advanced work in Japanese language and cultural studies during the academic year. In 2009, we added summer intensive programs in modern and classical Japanese language to our academic offerings.

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 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 format.


The KCJS Summer Programs in Modern and Classical Japanese are supported by a generous grant from the Japan Foundation (国際交流基金).

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

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Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8580 JAPAN

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