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Brown in Japan

At a Glance
City: Kyoto
Affiliation:  Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies
Housing: Homestay or apartments
Language requirement: Japanese 0400 (2.5 years required for spring semester)
Calendar: Semester or Year
Accepts Non-Brown Students: See Consortium Site


The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies provides a program for students interested in Japanese culture, history, language, literature,   and social organization. Columbia University administers the program for a consortium of 12 American universities. The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is located near Kyoto University, 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 8 students. Students take two other courses, offered in English by Japanese professors, the KCJS Director, and by a professor from a KCJS consortium university.

Academic Calendar
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.

About Kyoto

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.

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