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 the tight-knit community at Seisen University. 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
- Application Deadlines
- 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.
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.
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
- Hair Dryer
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Mini Kitchen
- Microwave, Dishes and a Kettle
- Frying Pan, Cooking Knife
- 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
- 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!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. The number and type of excursions included in your program will vary depending on your course and the length of program. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
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.
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.
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 and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
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.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
Choose from one of the following courses:
Japanese Language (at Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced level)
Anime and Japanese Pop Culture Studies
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.
Located in the bustling city of Tokyo, Seisen University's private hilltop campus feels serene. Founded in 1935, the university is the perfect location for summer study abroad. You'll be in the heart of it all, with 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. You can easily get to the world-famous central Tokyo neighborhoods of Harajuku and Shibuya. On campus, bilingual Japanese students and professors will enthusiastically welcome you. The program is designed to spark and deepen your interpersonal connections with local students. With an internationally focused curriculum, the students at Seisen are globally minded and eager to learn from international students.
You'll have have the chance to dive into Japan's language, history, and culture first hand in an incredible setting. The campus is picturesque and unique for Tokyo. Many movies are filmed on campus, and many professional fashion shoots regularly take place in the gardens. You can also explore the rest of Tokyo and beyond; the train is just a short walk down the hill!
Accreditation: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
Jenna VanPelt - Clemson University
Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
MANAGER OF PROGRAMS - Asia, Pacific, and Africa
Site Director in Japan
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalJanuary 5 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 5 (Estimated)Classes StartJanuary 6 (Estimated)Classes EndJanuary 18 (Estimated)DepartureJanuary 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.
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
- 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
- Seisen University official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program