Summer in Japan

Study this summer in bustling Tokyo and enjoy a fast-paced taste of Japanese culture.

Japan is a land of endless contrasts and extremes where you will have the opportunity to explore a unique, refreshing, and incredibly exciting side of the world.  There is something for everyone, as Japan is both ultra modern and ancient.  If you’d like to experience natural beauty, taste amazing food, see some wild style, and live in what many consider to be the most incredible city in the world - then this program is for you!

Study in Tokyo, the world’s most populous greater metropolitan area, and one of the most influential cities in the global economy.  Life in Tokyo is fast paced, vibrant, and steeped in Japanese culture.  The sights, smells, boutiques, and food stalls in Shinjuku station, the world’s busiest train station only a short walk from Seisen University, will keep you busy for weeks and it is just one small piece of amazing Tokyo. 

Hilltop Campus

Set in the bustling city of Tokyo, Seisen’s hilltop campus is a welcome retreat from the hectic pace of the city. The University sits on the grounds of a former Samurai Family’s Mansion, in a park-like setting, just a short distance from the world famous Tokyo neighborhoods of Harajuku and Shibuya.

International Welcome

Seisen offers many clubs and all of the services and amenities you would expect at a liberal arts school in the United States.  With an internationally focused curriculum, the students at Seisen are warm, welcoming, and eager to learn from International students.  Students will have the chance to learn Japanese language, history, and culture first-hand. 

La Vida Local

There are cultural encounters abound when living in Tokyo.  From riding on the packed (yet silent) subway, to heading out to sample Japanese cuisine at Izakaya (inexpensive Japanese diners), your days will be filled with Japanese cultural experiences!  Your program will take you to temples, shrines, parks, gardens, museums, and famous places to show you the best of the city.  You may find that your greatest cultural learning will come from your day to day life where you will discover your own Tokyo, and come to understand how unique and special the city is.

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Japan, then check out our Summer in Japan summer study abroad program! Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.
  • Study in the very heart of Tokyo, the capital of Japan and the world’s most populous city
  • You will feel well supported with Seisen’s small population and communal feel
  • Meet Japanese students and attend special lectures
  • Learn one of the world’s top in-demand languages
  • Visit ancient shrines and temples
  • Get to know Japanese cuisine beyond sushi!

Welcome meal in Shinjyuku and visits to famous parks, gardens, shrines and temples.

Summer in Japan offers two or four week sessions. You can easily find a session that fits with your study abroad schedule. 

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses 
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps.

Course load: One class per two week session (3-6 US credits).

Course approval:
It is best to get your classes approved before you go abroad. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course descriptions:

At Seisen University you will have the opportunity to study intensive Japanese Language, or delve into the complex issues of Global Citizenship and Cross Cultural studies.  Please choose one of the following courses per each 2-week session:

Japanese Language Course


Session 1: Beginner OR Intermediate
Session 2: Intermediate OR Advanced 

This course is focused on modern spoken Japanese through aural-oral drills and exercises, and mastery of the basic grammatical structures. Emphasis on the spoken language, although there will also be exposure to enough of the Japanese writing systems to meet practical needs. The method of instruction will be a communicative approach, Proficiency Method, Direct Method, Jorden Method, TPR, VTS, etc. More advanced students will focus on reading Japanese newspapers and understanding other media outlets. There should be a minimum of four students per level per session in order to offer each level in each session. The course will also utilize Seisen University Japanese Teacher Training students as Teaching Assistants who assist the main instructor in the program. The course meets for at minimum of 45 hours per two week period and issues a transcript with grade from Seisen University for each session. Four Seisen University credits will be given per course per session.   


Global Citizenship & Cross Cultural Studies

In this course students will experience interdisciplinary studies based on global citizenship and cross cultural understanding. The course contents include class discussions about Japanese lifestyle and culture, global issues, multicultural understanding, cross-cultural communication, peace building, current events as well as current events analysis through the newspaper, and global citizenship as related to culture, environment, politics, drama, music and film.The course will meet independently weekly and will also join other on-going classes at Seisen University related to the course topics and together with Japanese students in order to enhance the learning and cross cultural experience. Each two week session will cover course contents as listed above but will have different discussions for those who continue for both sessions. The course meets for a minimum of 45 hours per two week period and issues a transcript with grade from Seisen University for each session. Four Seisen University credits will be given per course per session.    

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Tokyo is one of a kind.  It is huge, stylish, exciting, bold, adventurous, and incredibly fun.  The Tokyo metropolitan area is the most populous place in the entire world, and it is home to absolutely everything.  There is something for everyone in Tokyo from amazing food, shopping, karaoke, festivals, dance clubs, and markets to quiet and refreshing parks and temples.  This city truly has it all!  It would take several lifetimes to explore all that Tokyo has to offer, but CISabroad will show you some of the best sites on the Summer in Tokyo program.  The housing and the university are right in the middle of all of the action, so every day will be filled with unforgettable sights and scenes - Tokyo style.  You can spend your free time visiting the world famous markets, shrines, and museums that Tokyo is known for, or you can spend your time exploring quiet neighborhoods by bicycle, and interacting with the street vendors, food cart owners, and friendly residents.  However you decide to spend your time - we guarantee that you will come back home a more exciting person after living in Tokyo for the summer - the city is that special.  

Though is is set in the middle of bustling city of Tokyo, Seisen University's private hilltop campus feels serene.  The university is the perfect location for summer study abroad, as it is in the heart of it all, yet it offers a peaceful escape from the electrifying city of Tokyo. The University sits on the grounds of a former Samurai Mansion, in a park-like setting, just a short distance from the world famous central Tokyo neighborhoods of Harajuku and Shibuya.  On campus, international students will be enthusiastically welcomed by bi-lingual Japanese students and professors.  The program is designed to so that interpersonal connections between Japanese students and Summer in Japan students can be easily made.  

With an internationally focused curriculum, the students at Seisen are globally minded and they are warm, welcoming, and eager to learn from International students.  Study Abroad Students will have the chance to learn language, history, and culture first-hand in an incredible setting.  The campus is so picturesque, and so unique for Tokyo that many movies are filmed there, and many professional fashion shoots take place in the gardens regularly.  The train to anywhere in the city is just a short walk down the hill!

Double rooms in CISabroad accommodation

Term: Summer 2017
Arrival Session 1 June 24
CISabroad Orientation June 25 - 26
Classes Start June 27
Classes End July 7
Departure July 8
Application Deadline April 15
Arrival Session 2 July 8
CISabroad Orientation July 9 - 10
Classes Start July 11
Classes End July 21
Departure July 23
Application Deadline April 15
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $3,990-$5,990* more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Welcome meal in Shinjyuku
  • Visit famous parks, gardens, shrines and temples
  • Live in a popular Tokyo neighborhood
  • Attend a summer cultural festival
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • Seisen University Transcript
  • Comprehensive Study Abroad Package


CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.