Summer in Asia
Japan & South Korea

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Live and learn in two of Asia's most vibrant cities.

Experience two of the most dynamic, traditional, and modern industrial countries and cities of the world: Tokyo and Seoul! On this unique multi-country program, live and learn in two neighboring yet distinct countries, regarded for their cuisine, pop culture, design, technology, and cultural heritage. Through multi-country excursions and insightful tours and classes, expect to meet locals, learn new languages, and immerse in and compare cultures in Asia – the world’s most dynamic region.

What to Expect:

  • Language: Options in English, Japanese, and Korean
  • Average Courseload: Japan: 1 course, South Korea: 1-2 courses (6-9) U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • Study Japanese and Korean, or choose from a variety of subjects in English
  • The best of both worlds: serene campus settings with easy access to the vibrancy of Tokyo and Seoul
  • Abundant interactions with locals, between classes, clubs, and cultural activities
  • Exceptional support, including orientations, city tours, group meals, and support staff on- and off-campus
  • Unique insights and comparisons gleaned from a short but intensive experience

Program Details

Seisen University, Oberlin University - Shinjuku Campus, & Kyung Hee University

Japanese Universities: Choose ONE

Seisen University: (Tokyo, Japan)
Seisen University provides the perfect setting for summer study abroad participants: a serene hilltop campus that allows you to learn in peace with easy access to the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo. 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.

J.F. Oberlin University: (Tokyo, Japan)
J.F. Oberlin University was founded in 1946 based on the principles of ministry, education, and philanthropy, operating by the motto “Learning to serve others and working for the common good.” At J.F. Oberlin University, students grow and learn not only in the classroom but through excursions and activities such as cultural encounters and exchanges with locals. There is variety of clubs and events that contribute to an engaging, holistic campus life experience that blends Japanese and global cultural influences.

J.F. Oberlin University is a private four-year university with approximately 10,000 students among one main campus and two branch campuses. This program takes place at the Shinjuku branch campus. Located in the center of Tokyo, Shinjuku is one of the liveliest areas of the city in terms of business, commerce, and entertainment.

South Korean University:

Kyung Hee University: (Seoul, South Korea)
Kyung Hee University is South Korea’s top university for the study of history, politics, and culture. The natural beauty of the “campus within a park,” Neoclassical and gothic buildings that feel like they’ve been borrowed from Washington, D.C., exceptional on-campus amenities, and active student life create a pleasant environment for visiting students. To meet local students, join the cheering squad or the International Friends and Culture Club.

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Korean
  • Communications

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Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Japanese
  • Natural & Applied Sciences

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Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

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Course Load: 1 course in Japan (at either Seisen University or J.F. Oberlin University), 1 – 2 courses in South Korea, providing the equivalent of 6 – 9 US credits

COURSEWORK IN JAPAN: Seisen University

At Seisen University you will have the opportunity to study intensive Japanese language or Global Citizenship and Cross Cultural studies.

Japanese Language Course

Levels: Beginner, 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.

Japanese Language Beginner – Syllabus

Japanese Language Intermediate – Syllabus

Japanese Language Advanced – Syllabus


Global Citizenship & Cross Cultural Studies (Instructed in English)

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.

COURSEWORK IN JAPAN: J.F. Oberlin University

At J.F. Oberlin University you will have the opportunity to study intensive Japanese language, Japanese popular culture, or international relations. Choose one of the following courses:

Japanese Anime and Popular Culture
International Relations
Japanese Language Beginner
Japanese Language Intermediate


The following courses have been confirmed for the Summer 2020 program, and their corresponding syllabi are linked below. Each course will run daily, Monday – Friday in the morning OR the afternoon.

Morning courses: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Afternoon courses: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Within Climate Emergency & Global Action:

The Polar Oceans, Climate Change, and Climate Restoration (afternoon)

Climate Action: Business Leadership and The United Nations Global Impact (afternoon)

Economics of The Environment and Climate Change (morning)

Climate Change, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth (morning)

Within Globalism & Cultural Diversity:

The Rise of Obscene Masters (afternoon) – syllabus not currently available

Korean Language Ⅰ, Ⅱ (afternoon)

Global Korean Popular Culture (morning)

Taekwondo: Building Body & Soul – Introduction to Korean Martial Arts (morning)

Culture and Society of Modern East Asia (morning)

A New Approach to Tourism in The Age of Sustainability (afternoon)

Latin America-Asia as Method Toward the Global South Project (morning)

Within Peace & Civil Society:

International Relations, Yesterday and Tomorrow: Theory, History, and Policy Debates (afternoon)

The United Nations and Global Issues: Understanding the Dynamics and Workings of the UN System (afternoon)

Civil Society and Multilateralism: NGO Consultation, Collaboration, and Cooperation in The 75th Year of The United Nations (morning)

Peace and Sustainable Development Goals (afternoon)

Political Risk Analysis in East Asia (morning)

The Economics of Philanthropy (morning)

Creativity and Innovation in NGOs: Understanding How to Become a Social Entrepreneur (morning)


Note: You can use the courses from previous terms as a good indication of what to expect for your semester, as they don’t typically vary too much from year to year. Once the new courses have been finalized they will be updated above.

Why Life in Tokyo & Seoul

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 CIS Abroad 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.

South Korea has everything: the longest subway system in the world, one of the most efficient writing systems, large and abundant forests, AND the world’s fastest internet connections (Take that, Netflix lag!). Seoul is a “dynamic city” that, according to Lonely Planet, “mashes up palaces, temples, cutting-edge design and mountain trails, all to a nonstop K-Pop beat.”

Still have stars in your eyes from the 2018 Olympics opening ceremony? You’re in luck! Just a 2-hour train ride from Pyeongchang, Seoul is the 9th most visited city in the world and the 4th largest earner in tourism.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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 the World

    Be sure to go to Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo - the largest fish market in the world! Try to get to the market early so you can watch the auction for freshly caught giant tuna fish. Enjoy the freshest sushi possible and/or the market's exceptional ramen!

  • Visual & Performance Art

    Take a selfie in the wildly colorful Ihwa Mural Village, a revitalized artist neighborhood adorned with murals and filled with galleries, cafes. After, check out these gems within walking distance: Lock Museum, Ihwa-dong Village Museum, and Blacksmith Museum.

  • Local Cultural Festivals

    No shortage of celebration here! Seoul boasts the Lotus Lantern Festival, the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, the Seoul International Fireworks Festival, and the Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival, among many more.

Housing in Kyoto


Students will occupy studio-style apartments in a shared building, with single rooms in a great location within 30 minutes of campus. Students will have a small kitchenette, ensuite bathroom, and access to laundry facilities.


Put your skills to the test and cook your own meals in your kitchenette. Try your hand at making local favorites.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Desk
  • Kitchenette
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Private Room

Housing in Seoul


Students will be housed in double rooms in on-campus residence halls. Each room is furnished with a bed, closet, bookshelf, desk, telephone and internet access.


This housing doesn’t come with a meal plan, but there are a convenience store and cafeteria in the dorm with really affordable dining options. Students can also eat elsewhere on campus (or off-campus) at other cafeterias or restaurants. Kyung Hee has such a big campus that there are tons of options!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Bed linens
  • WalkingCommute
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • Fitness Center
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Study Areas
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included


Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Airport transfers
  • Airfare between Tokyo and Seoul
  • Welcome dinner
  • City tours
  • Excursions
  • Various social and cultural activities
  • Official transcripts
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, you’ll get familiar with the hotel-apartments and neighborhood. Visit local convenience stores and markets and practice taking and learning about the city subway and train system. Then head to campus to check out the facilities, clubs and school activities, and learn about excursions.

Upon arrival, take part in both the university and CIS Abroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “dos and don’ts” of living in Seoul, South Korea. We’ll discuss topics like where to go to enjoy some social, cultural and recreational activities, how to stay safe, and where to shop. Also enjoy a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy, as Korean cuisine is known to be one of the best in the world.

Farewell & 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 – especially after living in such lively major metropolitan areas like those of Tokyo and Seoul. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, help you reflect on your time abroad so you can remember the highlights. And, of course, there’ll be one last delicious meal before you go!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.


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

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.

Bamdokkaebi Night Market

Bamdokkaebi Night Market

Discover unique and experimental treats made by creative young chefs at this food truck market, open only two nights per week at Yeouido Hangang Park. At night, traditional and modern cultural performances are held against the backdrop of the Han River. Learn about one-of-a-kind handmade items created by artists and designers in a nearby cute shopping street packed with tents.

Site Director

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.

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.


Originally from New Jersey, Jeff attended Rider University where he studied Business Administration. After graduation, he started working for a small college in northern New Jersey where he started the Office of International Programs, study abroad programs, language programs, and established international exchange programs. He was sent to tour Asia to establish international educational exchanges and continued expanding exchanges over the course of the next decade. He then moved to Tokyo, where he continues to develop programs and support systems for students studying in Japan.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

Sehoon Jang
Travel Tip:

Whenever I arrive in another country, I try to look for a very local restaurant where real residents of the town usually eat. Such spots may not have any distinguishable sign or decent interiors, but the reward is delicious food and welcoming locals. Just by going even slightly off the beaten path, you are oftentimes rewarded with a better value and cultural insights.

COVID-19 Plan

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2020/21. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Summer and Fall 2021 Programs or consider a Virtual Internship.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 13 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 24 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 13 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 24 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 12 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 23 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 12 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 23 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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

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