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Brown/Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) Program in Japan

At a Glance
City: Kyoto
Affiliation:  Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies
Housing: Homestay or apartments
Language requirement: Intermediate; Intermediate Japanese I/JAPN 400 (fourth semester college-level Japanese language), or the equivalent, for the fall semester or full-year program; Advanced Japanese I/JAPN 500 (fifth semester college-level Japanese language), or the equivalent, for the spring semester.  

Calendar: Semester or Year
Accepts Non-Brown Students: Students apply through Columbia University, space-available basis

Overview

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 12 American universities. The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is located near the Doshisha University campus, in the cultural heart of Kyoto.

Academics

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.

Program Calendar

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 "Academic" section of the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies website for specific dates.

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 and have completed Intermediate Japanese I/JAPN 400 (fourth semester college-level Japanese language), or the equivalent, for the fall semester or full-year program, or Advanced Japanese I/JAPN 500 (fifth semester college-level Japanese language), or the equivalent, for the spring semester, before beginning studies in Japan.

Application Instructions

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.

Additional Information

For more detailed information about the Brown/KCJS program in Japan, please visit the KCJS website.

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