Program Overview

Experience the wonder of Japan during your winter break and earn course credit while studying in the heart of the capital, Tokyo. Pick up some Japanese language skills or appreciate anime and Japanese pop culture with your cohort. You’ll take classes from a local professor and learn in and out of the classroom. Our January in Japan program will pack in the experiences, from exploring the fast-paced capital city to taking time to sip traditional tea.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
October 15
Avg Course Load
1 course (3 US Credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Japanese

Key Program Highlights

  • Earn Japanese language credits in a short amount of time
  • Experience the variety of Japanese cuisine, beyond sushi
  • Visit ancient shrines and contemporary museums in a city of exciting contrasts
  • Quiet campus located in the heart of Tokyo
  • Meet Japanese students and develop a tight-knit community

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

While this program takes place at a Japanese university, it is accredited and transcripted by Jacksonville University (USA). Jacksonville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Named an “America’s Best College” in the south for more than 10 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, Jacksonville University is a premier private institution and long-standing academic partner of CISabroad.


How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. 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.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Choose from one of the following courses:

Japanese Language (at Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced level)

Anime and Japanese Pop Culture Studies

Japanese Language
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
45 contact hours
Placement test administered upon arrival

This course offers an introduction to modern spoken Japanese through aural-oral drills and exercises, and mastery of the basic grammatical structures. Emphasis is placed on the spoken language, although there will also be exposure to Japanese writing systems to meet practical needs. On field activities, practical use and observation of the language will be emphasized.

Anime and Japanese Pop Culture Studies
Language of instruction: English
45 contact hours

This course, conducted in English, offers a survey of pop culture in Japan, including anime, manga, fashion, music, art, and food. Particular attention will be paid to animation within both a historic and contemporary context. Artistic and cultural frameworks will be used in the examination of anime and manga.

Life in Tokyo

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival, students will begin with getting familiar with their apartment room while visiting local convenient stores and markets for anything they may need. On the Sunday after arrival, together with Japanese students, we start by getting familiar with the neighborhood surrounding the apartment complex, taking and learning about the city subway and train system, and then starting off with our first excursion to Asakusa. On Monday, we continue Orientation on the University campus getting to know the area around the campus, campus facilities, clubs and school activities, learn about excursions. Orientation continues with a welcome dinner the first Friday night of the week in the fun fashion district of Shibuya!

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. We love to stay in touch so although it is farewell for now it is not goodbye.

Housing Options

Students on the January in Japan program will stay in single rooms at a local hotel in downtown Tokyo.  Commute time to classes will be 10-15 minutes by train. Single rooms will include:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bed and linens
  • Body Soap, Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Towels
  • Yukata
  • Hair Dryer
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Mini Kitchen
  • Microwave, Dishes and a Kettle
  • Frying Pan, Cooking Knife
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric Cooking Plate
  • Study Desk or Drawer (can be used as a desk) and a chair
  • TV set
  • Wi Fi (Password in the room)
  • Washing Machines and Dryers are in Building A near the Hotel Reception

Local Life

  • Japanese Gardens in Tokyo: The Imperial Palace Higashi (East) Gyoen (garden), Shinjuku Gyoen, Kiyosu Teien, Hamarikyu, Rikugien. Asianesque garden beauty is laid out and provides a serene feeling of Japan and Asia.
  • Mt. Fuji: Ride the fastest Japanese train, the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo station to Shin Fuji station. At the station, you can see a dynamic view of Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the top of the mountain to see more amazing views of Japan. Take the Bullet train further to Kyoto city. Stay overnight in a Japanese inn, and walk around the ancient capital city.
  • Largest Fish Market in Japan: Be sure to go to Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. It is the largest fish market in Japan. Try to get to the market at around 5:00am so you can watch the auction for freshly caught giant tuna fish. Enjoy the freshest sushi in the world! Have some famous ramen there too!
  • Japanese “Onsen” (Hot Spring): Take a train to Hakone and Atami, less than one hour ride from Tokyo. In Hakone and Atami, there are a number of traditional Inns where you can enjoy hot springs and authentic Japanese cuisine. Tokyo has some good spots too.
  • Tokyo Sky Tree: The world highest free-standing broadcasting tower. The height of the tower is 645m. Take the elevator up to the top “TEMBO DECK” (observatory deck) so you can have a complete panorama view of Tokyo.

More About Tokyo

Huge, stylish, exciting, bold, and incredibly fun—Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind city. The Tokyo metropolitan area is the most populous place in the entire world, and it's home to absolutely everything. You can step from a bustling market into a quiet park, from a frenetic dance club to a serene temple. The best thing to do in Tokyo is to embrace it all, including the food, the festivals, and the karaoke.

It would take several lifetimes to explore all that Tokyo has to offer, but CISabroad will show you some of the best sites during the Summer in Tokyo program. The university and its housing are smack dab in the middle of all the action. Every day will be filled with unforgettable sights and scenes, Tokyo style.

You can spend your free time visiting world-famous markets, shrines, and museums. For a more low-key experience, ride a bike around a quiet neighborhood, where you can interact with street vendors, food cart owners, and friendly residents. Your time in Tokyo will fly by, and we guarantee you'll always want to come back. The city is that special!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Asakusa

Together with local University students, this excursion will take us on a short subway ride to Asakusa, an area in Tokyo not far from the Tokyo Sky Tree where you will have free time for shopping, visit the famous Sensoji temple as well as the well known Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) structure.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Experience and learn about the tradition of the tea ceremony with fellow University students where you can perform some of the traditions, enjoy the pure form of Japanese tea and sweets in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony room on campus.

Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

On the first Friday afternoon and evening of the program, also together with local University students, spend the afternoon and into the evening at one of the most fun and well known areas of Tokyo and Japan! See Meiji Shrine, the largest and most famous shrine in Tokyo. After that, enjoy hanging out in nearby Harajuku, one of the most famous fashion districts in the world. Get the night started in nearby Shibuya where we will enjoy a welcome Izakaya party where you can enjoy many kinds of Japanese food.


Student Feedback

The people here are so nice! The country is beautiful. It’s amazing to get to know people and have conversations with them in Japanese.

Jenna VanPelt, Clemson University

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Program Coordinator for Asia, Africa, and the Pacific

Travel Tip: Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Learn more about Julia

Jeff Sinding
Site Director in Japan

Travel Tip: When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.

Learn more about Jeff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • January 2019
    Application Deadline
    October 15th
    Arrival
    January 5 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    January 5 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    January 6 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    January 18 (Estimated)
    Departure
    January 19 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $3,990 (Estimated)

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

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

Interested in extending your stay? You could earn up to a $1,000 discount!

Many students wish they could extend their time abroad. It’s often easier to do so before your program starts, rather than when you’re on site. From doing a full-year program to adding an internship or even combining two programs in different countries, there are many ways we can help you. Ask your global advisor for more info.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • 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
  • Two excursions within the city of Tokyo
  • Jacksonville University official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program