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Picture yourself in Kyoto...


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Photo: Panorama of Kyoto from atop Daimonjiyama, credit to Martin Tengler (AKP 2010-11).
 

Who is AKP?

Since its inception in 1972, the Associated Kyoto Program has provided study opportunities in Kyoto for over 1400 students.  The AKP Center operates an independent program for undergraduate students on the Doshisha University campus, one of Japan's leading private institutions of higher learning.  Kyoto is an ideal place to develop a strong sense of Japanese language and culture, and the AKP Center will serve as a convenient hub from which to explore different paths into the heart of the city.  AKP's academic program will challenge you, while the homestay program will give you a chance to live daily life as the Japanese do.  With careful attention to time management, you will also discover many opportunities to participate in the festivals, holidays, and seasonal observances of daily life in the city, as well as visit the museums, temples, and palaces that have been part of the Kyoto landscape for over 1200 years.



Experience Japan as an Insider
 
Our homestay program offers you unparalleled opportunities for cultural growth and learning as a member of a Japanese family.  Our grants for research, cultural activities, and internships will provide you with funds to reach deeper for new insights into Japan's long and complex cultural history.




Discover Elective Seminars by Distinguished Faculty
 

You will not find any other program in Japan with special seminars taught by some of the finest professors in the AKP consortium.  You can also take advantage of the rare opportunity to study with Japanese university students in our popular AKP-Doshisha Joint Seminar, a chance that no other program offers.



Language Learning Above and Beyond the Classroom
 

Our experienced Japanese faculty will inspire you to take language learning outside the classroom door.  In addition to daily language classes, they will help you read original sources for elective class research papers and will offer special language practica on topics like Kansai dialect, and popular songs.  Language assignments will take you down Kyoto side streets and immerse you in conversations around the homestay dinner table.



AKP Makes it Possible.  Your fee covers:
  • The cost of round-trip airfare to Japan
  • Generous research grants, internship subsidies, and cultural activities grants
  • Breakfast and dinner every day with your host family, plus a daily lunch subsidy
  • Commuting costs from your homestay to classes at the AKP Center on the Doshisha campus
  • Program sponsored trips in both Fall and Spring, and numerous elective class field trips that bring course material to life
  • Japanese National Health Insurance, liability insurance, and your International Student ID Card
  • The experience of a lifetime!

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Photo: 2010-11 students Michael Stein (Amherst), Hannah Pepin (Smith), and Hannah Chan
(Smith) on the AKP Fall Field Trip.


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Associated Kyoto Program
Bucknell University, 308 Academic West,
1 Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837
Telephone: 1-800-940-7070