Summer in Tokyo
Seisen University

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OPEN for Summer 2022

Dive deep into Japanese culture.

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. Tucked away on the top of a hill in downtown, Seisen University’s lush green campus looks like it emerged from a cloud in a Miyazaki film. 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!


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Japanese
  • Average Courseload: 1 course (3-6 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • 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

Program Details

Seisen 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

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Humanities

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Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Japanese

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Summer in Japan offers three separate two week sessions. You can easily find a session that fits with your study abroad schedule.

Course load: One class per two week session (3-6 US credits).

Course approval:
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.

Course descriptions:

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
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, 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

OR

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.

Global Citizenship & Cross Cultural Studies is offered in session 1 and session 2.

Japanese Language is offered in all 3 sessions.

Note: You can use course syllabi 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 syllabi have been finalized they will be updated here.

Why Life in 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 your time in Tokyo. 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!

Live La Vida Local

  • 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 the World

    Be sure to go to Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo. It is 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!

  • 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.

Housing in Tokyo

Location

Participants stay in single rooms at a local hotel in downtown Tokyo. Room sizes are modest, but do include an en-suite bathroom, kitchenette, and a private space to relax and focus on work. Experience what it’s like to live in a cozy, space-conscious room that often feature fold-away furniture. The hotel is in a quieter neighborhood but within walking distance to Tokyo’s highly efficient public transportation system. Commute time to classes will be 25-30 minutes by train.

Depending on the timing of your program, you may stay in a different location than the one pictured, but the experience and amenities will be comparable.

Meals

The rooms each have kitchenettes that are equipped with the following so you can cook your own meals:

  • Microwave, Dishes and a Kettle
  • Frying Pan, Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric Cooking Plate

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Kitchenette
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Microwave
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, & Body Soap
  • Television
  • Towels
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Welcome dinner with Japanese University students
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Single room housing
  • Seisen University Transcript
  • 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

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, we’ll get a lay of the land, touring our apartments and visiting local convenient stores and markets for anything you may need. Shortly after you’ve settled in, we’ll explore nearby neighborhoods, familiarizing ourselves with the subway and train systems. We’ll likely then set out for an excursion (see “Program Excursions” for potential options). Orientation continues with a welcome dinner the first Friday night of the week in the fun fashion district of Shibuya!

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 having lived in the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo! We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect when readjusting to whatever you’re going back to (if you can actually pry yourself away from Japan!) and 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.

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.
Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

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

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

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.

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.

About:

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.

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.

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.

Read more below for information related to this program:

On-Site Program Modifications

We want your time abroad to be an experience of a lifetime. We also know that it is a unique time to be going abroad. Below is some helpful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.

Our Financial Commitment

CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See our refund policy page for more information.
To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.

Our Academic Commitment

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk.*

If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.

If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.

* If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US are important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.

Our Health & Safety Commitment

CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:

  • COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing.
  • Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country.
  • COVID-safe classrooms and campus facilities as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards.
  • Vaccine requirements for all participants to ensure COVID-safe program excursions and guaranteed housing with vaccinated students.
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
  • Cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.

*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs. If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost.

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above. Should students apply for 2021 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date. We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.

Excursions

We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you.

Add-Ons

Price

$1,750

Teaching English and Professional Development in Japan

Extend your time in Japan, immerse more deeply in the culture, and learn the theory and practice of teaching the English language in Japan and other Asian countries!

Please note: This add-on is only available to summer in Japan participants in sessions 2 & 3 or sessions 1, 2, & 3 or for participants in spring programs in Japan.

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.

Get more information about this add on.

Extend your time in Asia

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 let us know your interest before your program starts, rather than while 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.

 

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: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 12 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 26 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,190 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 12 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 10 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,980 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 12 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 24 (Estimated)
  • Price: $7,240 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 26 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 24 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,980 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 10 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 24 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,190 (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.