Program Overview

Japan is a land of endless contrasts and extremes, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore a unique, refreshing, and incredibly exciting side of the world. Live in Tokyo, the world’s most populated greater metropolitan area and influential city with wide boulevards, bustling streets, all with an underlying order and cleanliness. You’ll study at Seisen University, tucked away on the top of a hill in downtown, Seisen’s lush green campus looks like it could have emerged from a cloud in a Miyazaki film. Even though it’s summer, the campus is dotted with local students. 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!

Interested in teaching English overseas? You can extend your time in-country, enhance your cultural immersion, and gain valuable English language teaching skills through a unique “Train to Teach” add-on.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
All Sessions: April 1
Avg Course Load
1 course (3-6 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Japanese
Highlights
  • Study in the heart of Tokyo, the capital of Japan and the world's most populous city
  • Feel supported with Seisen's small class sizes 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.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

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


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.

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Choose Your Courses

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

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.

Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

Shortly after your arrival, we’ll set out to get a lay of the land, enjoying a tour of some of the top sites in Tokyo and its surrounds. Accompanied by our Japanese university students, we’ll head to the Meiji Shrine, the largest and most famous shrine in Tokyo. Next, we’ll cruise through Harajuku, one of the most famous fashion districts in the world. We’ll get the night started in nearby Shibuya, enjoying a welcome Izakaya party and a sampling of a variety 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.

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.


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 Enrollment Coordinator - 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.

  • Summer 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 15 (Estimated)
    Departure
    June 29 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $3,990 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2020: Sessions 1 & 2
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 15 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 13 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,990 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2020: Sessions 1, 2, & 3
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 15 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 27 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $7,090 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 29 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 13 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $3,990 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2020: Sessions 2 & 3
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 29 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 27 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,990 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2020: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    July 13 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 27 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $3,990 (Estimated)

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

OPTIONAL ADD-ON

Optional Elective Course: Teaching English and Professional Development in Japan
Please note: This add-on is only available to participants of sessions 2 & 3 or sessions 1, 2, & 3
Summary of Program:

  • 6 weeks
  • Training course in theory and practice of teaching the English language in Japan and other Asian countries
  • Three stages: series of lectures, group discussions, peer activities, real-world teaching observations, and teaching demonstrations
  • 18 hours of instruction
  • 34 hours of practical teaching experience
  • One week of classroom teaching in Tokyo
  • Tokyo English Camp with included activities
  • PRE-TESOL Basic Certificate and letter of recommendation post-completion

Learn more here!


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. Consider adding another session to further improve your Japanese. Or, head on to South Korea for a month on our Summer in Asia – Japan & South Korea program. 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:

  • Welcome 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
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program