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University of Tokyo Exchange Program

Where: Based at the University of Tokyo Komaba Campus in West-Central Tokyo. Eligible students can take classes throughout the University of Tokyo system.
Who: Students from University of Tokyo partner universities around the world
Housing: Dormitories
When: Full year or semester basis. Fall Semester: September - December (plus optional winter term); Spring Semester: April - August.

Special Features:

  • Exchange relationship with Swarthmore College. A broad range of courses available on Japanese culture, society, politics, and economy. Three levels of Japanese instruction from 1st year. 
  • International program drawing students from around the world; extensive Swarthmore College - Tokyo University alumni network.

Qualifications: Students should be 3rd or 4th year students recommended by home institution. No language requirement to apply.

Application deadline: Students interested in applying should speak with the staff at the Off-Campus Study Office. Internal deadlines (rolling admissions) are around October 1st for Spring Semester and January 1st for Fall Semester and Academic Year applicants.

Associated Kyoto Program (AKP)

Where: Doshisha University in Central Kyoto
Who: 40-50 American college students, primarily from consortium liberal arts colleges
Housing: Homestays with Japanese families
When: Semeter and Full-Year Options available, though priority will be given to applicants for the full academic year. Fall semester: around Sept 1 through December 21; Spring semester: around January 5 through April 21.
Special Features:

  • Five levels of Japanese language instruction from 2nd year up. Elective courses taught by professors of consortium schools. Classmates from peer liberal arts institutions.
  • Location in the heart of Kyoto.


Applicants should usually be Juniors, have at least a year of Japanese, and have taken at least one other Japan-related course. They should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a cumulative average of “B” or above in their Japanese language courses.

Application deadline: Full-Year and Fall semester applicants: around January 9; for Spring semester only applicants: around September 25.

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS)

Where: Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University, just  north of the Imperial Palace in central Kyoto.
Who: 40-50 students, primarily American undergraduates from consortium schools
Housing: Most students in the program stay with host families; a few stay in apartments leased by the program.

  • Fall semester: c. Sept. 1 - Dec. 18
  • Spring semester: c. Jan 2 - Apr. 9

Special Features:

  • Small, intensive language courses. Some courses taught by consortium professors. Classmates from leading U.S. institutions. Location in Kyoto.
  • New affiliations with Kyoto University and Doshisha University.

Qualifications: Open to students of third-year Japanese level and above (3+ for spring semester students). Second-year Japanese may be completed at an approved summer program.

Application deadline: Fall/Year: around Feb 15  Spring: around Sept 15

IES Nagoya

Where: Nanzan University's Center for Japanese Studies, outside Nagoya, Japan's 3rd largest city.
Primarily American university and college students, joining international students at Nanzan's CJS
Housing: Most students stay in homestays, but some stay in private dorms or the Nanzan University International Residence Hall.

  • Fall semester: c. Sept 1- Dec. 22
  • Spring semester: c. Jan 6- May 20

Special Features:

  • Intensive Japanese classes. Five levels of Japanese from beginning level. Additional Japanese courses for advanced students.
  • Location in central Japan; program features several field trips.

Qualifications: 3.0 GPA or better overall, and 3.0 GPA in Japanese courses. Students should be sophomores or above; and should have completed at least one year of Japanese study. Applicants must complete both IES and Nanzan University application forms.

Application deadline: Fall/Year: about March 1. Spring: around August 2.

Summer Programs

Hokkaido International Foundation (HIF)

Location: Hakodate, Hokkaido

Japanese language courses: 1,5, 2nd, 2,5, 3rd, and 4th year Japanese. Three hours daily instruction w/options for cultural activities.

Length: about June 9 to August 6 
Size of Enrollment: About 70
Homestay: Mandatory
Tuition + Homestay fee: $4,600, *homestay fee includes accommodations and food, and cost for class material.

Application deadline: February 11 (post marked)

Princeton in Ishikawa (PII)

Location: Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
Japanese language courses: 2nd, 2,5, and 3rd year Japanese. Three hours daily instruction w/options for cultural activities.
Length: about May 28 to July 22 
Size of Enrollment: About 45
Homestay: Mandatory
Tuition + Homestay fee: $4,600, *homestay fee includes accommodations and food, and cost for class material.

Application deadline: February 18

Asia in Today's World, Kyushu University Summer Program (ATW)

Location: Fukuoka city, Fukuoka (Kyusyu)
Japanese language courses: 1,5, 2nd, 2,5, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th year Japanese. Three hours daily instruction w/options for cultural activities. Content courses in English are offered in the afternoon.
Length: around June 27 to August 5
Size of Enrollment: About 70
Homestay: Optional
Tuition: Approximately $900
Accomodation fees: Approximately $1,000-$1500 *does not include meals

Application deadline: around February 26

Middlebury College

Location: Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont
Japanese language courses: 1st, 1,5, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Japanese. Four hours a day in the morning. Options for cultural activities in the afternoon.
Length: about June 10 to August 5 
Size of Enrollment: About 90
Accomodation: Dorm (Japanese only language pledge)
Tuition + Accomodation: $9461 (scholarships available to many students)

Application deadline: Rolling admissions-- typically fills in February

Special full scholarship Opportunity: Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace

Other Programs of Interest

Japan-America Student Conference

Student-managed 30-day forum, held in Japan and the U.S. in alternate years.

Critical Languages Scholarship Program

Fully funded 7-10 weeks intensive summer language institute in Japan, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Concordia Japanese Language Village, Concordia College, Minnesota

Summer job opportunities to work as a counselor for a Japanese-language camp for students of elementary through high school age (ages 7-18).


  • Swarthmore Project Japan Summer Research Grant
  • The Project Japan Fund supports summer research for students exploring contemporary issues that challenge Japan.
  • Japanese Summer Language Fellowship
  • The Japanese Summer Language Fellowship provides opportunities for students to study at intensive summer language programs recommended by the Japanese Section of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. 
  • Please visit the following links for further information on Scholarships and Swarthmore grants for summer research in Humanities.
  • Bridging Scholarship (for language study in Japan during academic year)
  • IIE Study Abroad Funding Portal
  • Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Swarthmore students studying abroad in Japan.