Kyoto University Summer 2022 Virtual Program

Kyoto University Summer 2022 Virtual Program

July 28 – August 10, 2022

Columbia University's Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement welcomes applicants for a two-week Virtual Kyoto Summer 2022 Program. This opportunity is a short-term virtual study abroad program provided by Kyoto University's (KU) Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences and Asian Studies Units. It is open to both international students from universities around the world and domestic students enrolled at Kyoto University. Participants will benefit from scholarly lecturers organized by Kyoto University and have the opportunity to interact with a range of students from various countries.

The KU Summer Program’s core curriculum aims to develop an understanding of the political, cultural, historical, social and ecological issues facing Japan. The program will consist of an introduction to the University, Japanese language classes (Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced), academic lectures (offered in both English and Japanese), cultural components, discussion sessions, a final presentation and completion ceremony. Applicants will be selected from Kyoto University’s various partner universities in East Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Approximately 3 outstanding students from the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies and its member institutions including Columbia University/Barnard College, Boston University, Brown University, University of Chicago, Cornell University, Emory University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale University and the University of Virginia will be accepted by KU for this program.

This is a non-credit program. No tuition fees are required.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students
  • No previous Japanese language required
  • Students from all majors welcome to apply

All students from KCJS member schools are welcome to apply. Please note that priority will be given to applicants who meet the following:

  • Have never traveled to Japan
  • Have never studied Japanese
  • Major is not Japanese or Japanese Studies
  • Undergraduate students
  • Preference will be given to students who are permanent residents or citizens of the United States; however, international students nominated through the KCJS program may also apply


Application requirements include:

  1. General student information
  2. 1-page statement of interest detailing why you are interested in this program

Interested in applying?

  • Complete the online application form by May 30.
  • KCJS will complete the initial screening of applicants. Students who receive a nomination to participate in the program will need to submit additional application components directly to Kyoto University.

Contact Robin Leephaibul ( at Columbia University’s Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement with questions.

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