Japan is a land of endless contrasts and extremes, from ancient shrines to the modern, fast-paced life of Tokyo. Our Summer in Japan program gives you the opportunity to explore a unique, refreshing, and incredibly exciting side of the world. You’ll live in influential Tokyo and study with the close-knit community at Seisen University. Experience the country’s natural beauty, taste delicious food, and see some wild style in the world’s most populous greater metropolitan area. Between your studies and discovering the hidden gems in this city, your time in Tokyo will zip by as fast as Japan’s high-speed bullet trains!
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
- Avg Course Load
- 1-2 courses (3-6 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
- English and Japanese
Key Program Highlights
- Campus located in the heart of Tokyo
- University with a small population and communal feel
- Japanese language classes to learn one of the world’s top in-demand languages
- Opportunity to meet Japanese students and attend special lectures
- Eclectic range of Japanese cuisine beyond sushi
- Visits to ancient shrines and temples
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 Summer 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. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
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.
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.
Together with local University students, this excrsion 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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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
PROgrams Team Manager - Thailand, China, Japan, France, Summer Multi-Country
Site Director in Japan
Summer 2017: Session 1 (2 weeks)
Application DeadlineApril 15ArrivalJune 24 (Estimated)OrientationJune 25 (Estimated)Classes StartJune 27 (Estimated)Classes EndJuly 7 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 8 (Estimated)PRICE$3,990
Summer 2017: Session 2 (2 weeks)
Application DeadlineMay 1ArrivalJuly 8 (Estimated)OrientationJuly 9 (Estimated)Classes StartJuly 11 (Estimated)Classes EndJuly 21 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 23 (Estimated)PRICE$3,990
Summer 2017: Sessions 1 & 2 (4 weeks)
Application DeadlineApril 15ArrivalJune 24 (Estimated)OrientationJune 25 (Estimated)Classes StartJune 26 (Estimated)Classes EndJuly 21 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 23 (Estimated)PRICE$5,990
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:
- Welcome and Farewell dinner with Japanese University students
- Visit famous shrines and temples
- Live in a residential and convenient Tokyo neighborhood
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Single room Housing
- Seisen University Transcript
- Trying on a real Japanese Kimono
- Experience a Japanese traditional Tea Ceremony
- 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
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program