Harvard Summer Program in Kyoto, Japan
Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and learn the extraordinary story of its modernization.
Rich in history and tradition, Kyoto was Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence for over a thousand years, from 794 until 1868. It is now Japan’s seventh largest city, with a population of 1.4 million people. Here, you can easily retreat into a small temple courtyard, stroll down a narrow street lined with small homes and shops, or relax in a park under a stand of swaying bamboo.
But Kyoto’s modern side is never far away. From the glass and steel architecture of Kyoto Station to the convenience of its world-class subway system, Kyoto is an easy place to live and learn about Japan.
By studying in this summer program based at Doshisha University, you will encounter both modern and traditional Kyoto.
Where You Live and Study
Kyoto is an ideal city to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and study its extraordinary transformation to modernity.
You stay with a local family, where you will have the best chance to experience the Japanese way of life. You have a private room. Access to a kitchen, laundry facilities, and a telephone may be arranged between you and the family. Families live in safe neighborhoods within commuting distance of the university. The program will provide commuter passes for student to use when traveling between Doshisha’s campus from their homestays.
Note: Palace Side Hotel accommodations for the first day of the program will be covered by the program.
Early application is strongly encouraged. Each program has unique requirements included in the online application. Beginning your application early is the best way to ensure that you have sufficient time to review and complete the application requirements by the deadline. You may apply to no more than two programs; if applying to two, you will be asked to designate a first and second choice.
A complete online application includes:
- Basic personal information
- A statement of interest
- Your most recent transcript
- Program-specific requirements (if applicable; may include letters of recommendation, audio or video submissions, etc.)
Interviews may be requested at the discretion of the program.
The summer 2020 application will be available here in early December. Harvard College students applying for funding from the Office of Career Services (OCS): Please note that the OCS funding application is separate.
If you have questions about the application, please contact the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at (617) 998-9602.
Cost & Expenses
The program fee includes:
- Scheduled program activities
- Some meals (the program will provide further details)
You will also need to budget for a number of expenses not covered by the program fee. The amounts listed below for these out-of-pocket expenses are approximate, and you may incur additional expenses not noted here. Your actual expenses will depend on a number of factors, including personal spending habits and currency exchange rates.
- International airfare ($1,600 - $2,000)
- Ground transportation ($100)
- Meals ($700)
- Personal expenditures, communications, course materials, and miscellaneous ($800)
If you have specific questions about personal budgeting, please contact the program directly.
See Funding and Payment for information on how to submit payments and funding options.
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