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Extracurricular Activities


KCJS group trips

Each semester, all KCJS students take a group trip with at least one overnight stay. Past destinations have included Okayama, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Shikoku.

During the Fall Trip to Okayama, KCJS students may be given a tour of the Okayama Astrophysical Observatory before spending an afternoon interacting with students at a local high school. They also enjoy two days and nights with local host families.

Recent Spring Trip destinations have included Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Takamatsu (Shikoku). Students take a guided tour of local historical and cultural sites, experience an overnight at a ryokan or hotel, and have ample free time to explore on their own.

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Student-centered KCJS activities

Each semester, you will be invited to participate in events designed to help you make friends with your KCJS classmates as well as Japanese peers from Doshisha and Kyoto University. In the past, KCJS hosted such events as Takoyaki party, Sushi making and Shodo lesson with Doshisha students.



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Guest lectures & alumni panels

KCJS organizes special lectures and on-site demonstrations by guest speakers in various fields. Our morning Japanese courses also invite guest lectures who can speak about the topics related to the course materials. Typically these lectures are given in Japanese, to deepen your disciplinary-specific skills in the language.

KCJS also hosts alumni panels featuring former students who describe how they have put their Japanese language and cultural skills to work in their professional and academic careers.

In the alumni panel discussions, you will hear firsthand about the rewards and challenges your senpai (先輩) have faced in pursuing their career and/or academic goals, and you will have a chance to ask questions over a leisurely lunch following their presentations.

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Doshisha and Kyoto University classmates

In most of your afternoon classes, you are likely to have 2-3 classmates who are native Japanese speakers enrolled at Doshisha and/or Kyoto University. These students are eager to interact with students from the United States and exchange points of view. Many have already spent time abroad, or plan to do so after having taken a class at KCJS.

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Conversation partners

As a KCJS student, you will have the opportunity to be paired with a conversation partner for the entire semester or year in order to further strengthen your language skills and extend your social network here in Kyoto.

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Please see our recent KCJS newsletters for more information about extracurricular activities.

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