At a Glance
Affiliation: Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies
Housing: Homestay or apartments
Language requirement: Lower Level: For fall semester: one year of college-level Basic Japanese (JAPN 0200); for spring semester: three semesters of college-level Intermediate Japanese (JAPN 0300). Upper Level: For the fall semester or full-year program: Intermediate Japanese (JAPN 0400), or Advanced Japanese (JAPN 0500) or the equivalent for the spring semester.
Calendar: Semester or Year
Accepts Non-Brown Students: Students apply through Columbia University, space-available basis
The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) provides a program for students interested in Japanese culture, history, language, literature, and social organization in Kyoto, the ancient cultural center of Japan and a city of natural beauty with a fascinating history. Located in the picturesque valley of the Kamo River on Honshu Island, Kyoto is one of the world’s most attractive cities. As the nation’s center of traditional Japanese culture and of Buddhism, Kyoto is a richly historical site. Once the capital city of Japan (from 794 to 1868), Kyoto contains many cultural treasures, including the Imperial Palace, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, No and Kabuki theatres, scenic parks and gardens, and numerous museums housing rare Japanese art. Over 30 colleges and universities are located in the area.
The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS)
Columbia University administers the program for a consortium of 13 American universities. The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is located near the Doshisha University campus, in the cultural heart of Kyoto.
Courses cover relatively advanced topics in the humanities and social sciences, with offerings on both modern and pre-modern Japan. All students take a double-credit course in Japanese language in small groups of about eight students. Students take two other courses, offered in English by US, international, or Japanese professors, the KCJS Director, and by a professor from a KCJS consortium university.
Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year.
Fall Semester: early September - mid-December
Spring Semester: early January - late April
Academic Year: early September - late April
Refer to the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies website for specific program dates and academic calendars.
Eligibility and Requirements
The Brown/KCJS Kyoto program is open to undergraduate students from Brown. Applications are encouraged and open to visiting students outside the KCJS consortium; visiting students should apply through Columbia University.
Students must be in good academic standing with the following language capabilities: Lower Level: For fall semester: one year of college-level Basic Japanese (JAPN 0200); for spring semester: three semesters of college-level Intermediate Japanese (JAPN 0300). Upper Level: For the fall semester or full-year program: Intermediate Japanese (JAPN 0400), or Advanced Japanese (JAPN 0500) or the equivalent for the spring semester.
Apply by the deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the right side of this page. Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.
For more detailed information about the Brown/KCJS program in Japan, please visit the KCJS website.