KCJS :Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies


About Us

We are your gateway to transformative study abroad experiences. With a passion for global education, our team is dedicated to guiding you through the exciting journey of discovering new cultures, forging lifelong connections, and fostering personal growth. Learn more about our mission, values, and the people behind the scenes who make it all possible. Explore Kyoto and Japan with us and redefine your educational adventure!

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Our People

Get to know the dedicated individuals who make your study abroad experiences extraordinary. Our diverse team is committed to enriching your understanding of the world and yourself through life and study in Kyoto. Discover the faces behind the scenes, each contributing to creating a supportive and enriching environment for your educational adventure.

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Study at KCJS

Embark on an Academic Odyssey! Our carefully crafted programs are designed to enrich your learning experience, blending academic rigor with cultural immersion. From language courses to hands-on projects, discover the diverse range of opportunities that await you. Explore Kyoto and Japan, expand your knowledge, and make every lesson a memorable journey. Join the KCJS Experience!

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Life in Kyoto

Experience Life Abroad to the Fullest! Our ‘Life in Kyoto’ page is your guide to the vibrant and enriching aspects of daily living in Japan’s ancient capital. From accommodation tips to local insights, we provide resources to ensure your time abroad is not only academically rewarding but also personally fulfilling. Learn about cultural events, community activities, and practical advice for navigating daily life in your chosen destination. Embrace the adventure, make lasting memories, and thrive in your home away from home. Dive into the richness of life abroad with us!

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A Message from KCJS Faculty and Staff

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.)


Since its founding in 1989, more than 1,600 students have completed a semester, year, or summer at KCJS. Many state in their testimonials that it was the best year of their life! We look forward to welcoming you into the KCJS community and Kyoto, our city rich in culture, history and natural beauty.


KCJS students are full members of the Doshisha University community and enjoy access to campus facilities, student clubs, 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 Japan’s history, culture, art, religion, contemporary society, economy, business practices, and international relations. KCJS students can also petition to enroll in certain elective courses offered through the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP). A third core component of our curriculum is the Community Involvement Project (CIP), which encourages you to venture outside the classroom and into the local 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 interact with students from Doshisha and Kyoto University. During your stay in Kyoto, you will have the option to live with a host family, a dormitory, or stay in an apartment.


During the summer, KCJS offers intermediate and advanced Japanese language programs for eight weeks, along with a six-week program in Classical Japanese.


We 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!


KCJS Faculty and Staff
Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies


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