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Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS)
Kyoto, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Summer
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Language Prerequisite: Yes
Program Features: Academic Study, Intensive Language Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Housing options: Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Gisella Gisolo
Program Description:

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Princeton Program: Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS)

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) is an academic program for undergraduates who wish to do advanced work in Japanese language and Japanese studies. The program helps students strengthen their Japanese skills by providing intensive language training and regular interactions with host families and the local community. An understanding of Japanese society and culture is enhanced by the integration of the historical and cultural resources of Kyoto into the academic curriculum and student life. KCJS examines the significance of Kyoto's past and explores its present as well as Japan's place in today's global world.

Students may choose from a broad spectrum of social science and humanities courses on pre-modern and contemporary Japan, taught in English.

Applicants must have completed at least two years of college-level Japanese for the fall semester and five semesters for the spring semester (or the equivalent).

Participating institutions are Boston University, Brown University, Columbia University/Barnard College, Cornell University, Emory University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University, in association with the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia.

The University

KCJS is based at the Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University located just north of the Imperial Palace in the center of Kyoto. The KCJS has program offices, classrooms, a student lounge, and a library, and its students have access to other Doshisha facilities.Founded in 1875, Doshisha University is renowned as a prominent private educational institution with a long history of tradition in Japan. It is comprised of 11 faculties, 31 departments, the Center for Japanese Language and Culture, and 13 graduate schools including two professional graduate schools, and has a student body of over 26,000 students. Because of its commitment to internationalization, Doshisha has been designated as one of 30 national centers for global education by the Japanese government.

The Setting

Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868 when the capital was moved to Tokyo. It is now the country's seventh largest city with a population of 1.5 million people. Kyoto is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples, and over 400 Shinto shrines, making it one of the world’s most culturally rich cities.

Academic Program

Every term, students enroll for a total of 16 points in the following:
  • Japanese Language, 8 points
    Mandatory for all program participants. Offered at the third-year, fourth-year, and fifth-year levels, Japanese language studies make up the core of the KCJS academic curriculum. Led by a group of dedicated and experienced instructors, the classes meet for two hours every morning, Monday through Friday, and cover all areas of language study. Students are divided into small classes of five to 10 students according to their language proficiency level, which is determined by a placement exam and interview given during orientation.

    An integral component of the Japanese language program is the Community Involvement Project (CIP) which is designed to support Japanese language learning through integration with the local community. All students pursue a personal interest by participating in volunteer work, joining an activity circle, or privately studying a Japanese art with a mentor. The CIP provides a framework for students to become involved in these activities by focusing on how to build networking skills and how to manage cross-cultural encounters, and through group sessions, reports, and presentations, encouraging students to reflect on these experiences.
  • KCJS Courses, 8 points
    Students choose two 4-point courses from the categories below.

    Each academic year, nine to 11 disciplinary courses are offered in English by leading Japanese and U.S. professors. Disciplinary courses cover basic to relatively advanced topics in the humanities and social sciences, with offerings on premodern and modern Japan. These courses integrate the rich resources of the Kyoto area into the curriculum through course-related field trips, performances, and meetings with experts and practitioners. Courses that have been offered in the past include Modern Japanese Fiction, Japanese Religion in Context, Japanese Politics and Public Policy, Edo Art and Culture, Japanese Growth and Business Development, and Traditional Japanese Theater: Noh and Kyogen.

    During the spring semester, there is usually one content course taught in Japanese which is appropriate for advanced Japanese students.

    On a rotating basis each academic year, a KCJS member institution sends a faculty member to serve as the KCJS professor and to teach one or two courses per term. Courses that have been offered in the past include Cities and Civilization in Japanese History, The Meiji Restoration, History of Postwar Japan, Japan Since 1600, Protest in Early and Modern Japan, Writing War in Japan, and Demonic Women.

    KCJS students are joined by Kyoto University students who participate in these courses and enhance the classroom discussions.
  • Independent Study
    An opportunity for full year students during the spring semester to explore a specific research topic in-depth and to acquire the methodological and analytical skills necessary for academic research.

Housing

Living in a Japanese household has always been the housing option of choice for the great majority of KCJS students, and the homestay option is strongly encouraged as the best way to learn about Japanese culture through daily interaction with a Japanese family, and to improve your Japanese language skills.

Homestays include a private room for the KCJS student, who is provided with both breakfast and dinner. Most homestay families get high marks for their home-cooked food. Most homestays will also have Internet access. If a homestay doesn’t have internet access, KCJS will provide a wireless access device to use free of charge.

Student Life

At the beginning of the 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. KCJS students enjoy the same rights and privileges as Doshisha students to use the facilities of Doshisha University, including the library, computer and information systems, and student clubs and circles.

Each semester, the entire KCJS group takes a trip with at least one overnight stay. Past destinations have included Okayama, Hiroshima, Ise, and Nara.


Financial Aid

For more information about financial aid, visit the “Money Matters” section of our website.

Eligibility

For Spring Semester 2017, motivated students with a strong record in Japanese language and with the strong support of their Japanese language instructor may apply to study with KCJS after completing Japanese 105. In addition, students must have a B average for the two semesters prior to the semester abroad.

Application Process

The KCJS online application includes the following:
  • Application
  • Official Transcript
  • Language Recommendation
  • Academic Recommendation
  • Study Abroad Approval Form (filled out by OIP)
  • Application Fee, if applicable
  • Visa application materials including copy of valid passport and passport photos for spring applicants only
In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.

Testimonial:
What would you say to a student considering this study abroad program or study abroad in general?
My semester in Kyoto was crucial to my personal and academic growth.  Not only did I hone my language skills and discover a passion for traditional Japanese theater, but I also fell in love with the city and really hope to spend more time studying or working there in the future.  To those considering studying in Kyoto or Japan or abroad in general--do it!  There is no way you will regret it.
     — Hana Lethen, Spring Semester 2016
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/01/2018 04/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 04/27/2018 05/04/2018 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 04/27/2018 05/04/2018 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 10/26/2018 11/02/2018 TBA TBA