Summer in Kyoto – Japanese Language & Culture


    Summer Study in Kyoto
    Japanese Language & Culture
    Courses, Activities, and Field Trips
    2 wks: $1395 / 4 wks: $1995 USD
    Min age 15 yrs


    The Program

    Enhance your Japanese language skills and experience the culture as well as explore the famous city of Kyoto, Japan. All levels welcome, beginner thru advanced. Open to all students and adults worldwide. Minimum age is only 15 years. Small group classes, separated by level. Placement test is given. Cultural activities and field trips to local sights provided. Housing is provided in a school dormitory (shared room), or a single room apartment nearby, or with a local host family that includes 2 meals daily. Early registration is advised. Join us this summer in Kyoto (Kansai Region of Japan).

    Location: Kyoto

    With it’s unique location and history, Kyoto has nurtured it’s own distinctive Japanese culture. During the 12 day program, you will experience traditional Kyoto activities such as Tea Ceremony, Kyoto cuisine, Kimono wearing, traditional dance, Japanese gardens, and the spiritual healing of “Zazen” meditation. Guided tours take you to visit several historical sites, such as the Kiyomizu Temple.

    The ancient city of Kyoto is a major tourist attraction, with over 1000 years of history. It lies in a valley protected by mountains, and can be reached in 2.5 hrs by the Shinkansen Train (bullet train) from Tokyo, or approx 1 hr by bus from Osaka. Kyoto prefecture has a population of over 2.6 million, in an area that covers about 4600 square kilometers. Kyoto is neighbors to Nara, Osaka, Mie, Shiga, Fukui and Hyogo.


    Japanese Language Courses:
    Conversation, Listening, Composition, and Reading

    All levels offered: beginner, intermediate, and advanced
    Placement test given to determine level.

    * Beginner Level:
    Able to understand essential points in everyday conversations and situations.
    Able to write Hiragana, Katakana, and 300 Kanji. To write simple letters and short sentences.
    Able to read and understand short texts.

    * Intermediate – 2 Levels (Lower & Higher)
    Able to make conversations of considerable length and express individual opinions.
    Able to understand 750 – 1000 Kanji and able to write simple letters to more complex.
    Able to read and understand texts of considerable lengths, up to newspapers and novels.

    * Advanced – 2 Levels (Lower & Higher)
    Able to make long conversations in a natural way and able to use abstract meanings.
    Able to understand essentials when listening to news, speeches, and lectures.
    Able to understand reading editorials and complex thesis styles.
    * Understand over 2000 Kanji at higher level.



    3 types of housing offered: extra cost (add ):

    1. Shared dormitory room – located at school. Limited space. Cost approx $25 USD per day.
    2. Single room apartment (Guest House) – located 5 minutes walk.. Cost approx $35 per day.
    3. Homestay – local host family, + 2 meals daily (breakfast & dinner). Cost approx $39 per day.

    * For Homestay, minimum stay is 1 month (4 weeks).

    * Accommodation fee includes utilities, bed linens, and internet access.

    * Check-in / out dates are on weekdays only !

    * Can arrange own housing if preferred.

    Dates and Fees

    * Summer program only (July – September)

    * Placement test given on 1st day.

    2 weeks July 2nd – 16th, 2020
    4 weeks July 2nd – 30th, 2020
    6 Weeks July 2nd – August 19th, 2020
    8 Weeks July 2nd – September 1st, 2020
    2 weeks July 1st – 15th, 2021
    4 weeks July 1st – 29th, 2021
    6 Weeks July 1st – August 18th, 2021
    8 Weeks July 1st – August 31st, 2021
    2 weeks $1395 USD
    4 weeks $1995 USD
    6 Weeks $2595 USD
    8 Weeks $3195 USD

    * Housing costs are separate (extra), see housing paragraph above.


    Activities & Excursions

    Cultural activities are planned by the staff there, as well as excursions.
    Traditional culture workshops may include cooking (Shojin-ryori, Kyo-ryori, Obanzai, and Wagashi (sweets). Local sightseeing may include visits to: Kyomizu Temple, Miyoshinji, Kinkakuji and Ryoanji Gardens, Higashiyama area, Nijo Castle, Sake Brewery, and Manga Museum.
    Small “entrance fees” to sights may be required.

    Excursions (field trips) are usually once a week.

    Zen Rock Garden at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto
    Arrival / Depart

    * Check-in the day prior start date. Check-out the day after course ends.
    * Housing check-in on weekdays only….usually the day prior start date.
    Earlier housing check-in may be possible, check with us about it. Pay for extra days.
    Same for late check-out (inquire in advance or while there). Pay for extra days.

    Minimum age is 15 yrs. Open to students and adults worldwide.

    Groups are also welcome to join.


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