Fall 2022 Costs for KCJS: Visiting Students

Program Fee$5,500
Document (transcript) Fee$105
Total billed to Columbia account$27,617

Tuition and fees are subject to approval by The Trustees of Columbia University and may change.

Tuition: Visiting students will pay the rate of $22,012. The tuition invoice will be sent via e-bill from Columbia's Student Financial Service office on mid-August and will be due on mid-September. It covers tuition, course excursions, most course materials, some local transportation and cultural activities. It does not cover housing, meals, airfare, medical insurance, some course materials, personal travel, and personal expenses.

Program Fee: The Program Fee of $5,500 covers housing, lunch stipend, transportation pass, and some activities during the semester and will be billed on your e-bill. .

Document (transcript) Fee: This one-time fee of $105 is charged to new students and it will be be included on your e-bill.

Total billed by Undergraduate Global Engagement$500

Deposit: The non-refundable deposit of $500 is submitted along with your Confirmation of Participation form to reserve your place in the program and is payable in the UGE Application Portal.

Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses are not billed by Columbia. The estimated amounts in this section provide a basis for students to determine their individual budgets for expenses related to their time overseas for the duration of the program. The below estimate is an average of what students say they actually spend. These expenses are NOT paid to the program.
Meals (depends on housing option)$600 - 2,000
Local Transportation$600
Books and Course Materials$100
Cell Phone$200


Personal Expenses$1,000
Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,300-$5,700

Meals: The cost for meals and food will vary depending on housing options and individual spending habits.

Students living in apartments will receive a ¥1,000 daily lunch allowance but are responsible for breakfasts and dinners. Students should budget approximately $500/month for meals not included in the program fee.

Students in dorms will have breakfast and dinner provided Mon-Sat and will receive a ¥1,000 daily lunch allowance but are responsible for 3 meals on Sundays. Students should budget $150/month for meals.

Housing: KCJS places students in dormitories or apartments and the cost is included in the Program Fee.

Local Transportation: Students will be given a monthly transportation subsidy during the semester to cover transportation costs between their housing and KCJS. Students should budget approximately ¥20,000 per month for additional transportation costs.

Visa: There are no Visa fees for US Citizens, and fees are waived for some 50+ nationalities found at the following link: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/travel_and_visa/visafees.html.

Books and course supplies: Textbooks and other course materials will be distributed after the language placement exam in Kyoto.

Cellphone: All students are required to have a working cell phone capable of making and receiving both local and international calls throughout the duration of the program.

Airfare: Students are responsible for booking their own flights to any of the following airports: Kansai International Airport, Haneda or Narita.

Personal Expenses: Personal expenses are highly variable based on each person's spending habits. They may include entertainment and personal travel.

As part of the program, you will be covered for urgent and emergent care while you are abroad. Routine and preventive care is not included so you should maintain a health insurance policy that will provide coverage outside the U.S. or your home country.

As you prepare for your time abroad, you might prepare for COVID-related expenses such as optional trip-cancellation insurance, pre-arrival testing and onsite testing not reimbursed by insurance, additional quarantine/isolation room and board expenses if applicable, etc. Requirements will continue to evolve and will vary based on local conditions.