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Associated Kyoto Program : Application & Overview

Click below to start your application with the Associated Kyoto Program, read a program overview, and find out about application deadlines.
Fact Sheet:
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Minimum Class Standing: Junior Minimum Japanese Language GPA: 3.0
Language Prerequisite: Two semesters of Japanese for Fall/Full Year. Three semesters for Spring only.
Program Description:
2016 students at Himeji CastleThe Associated Kyoto Program is a study abroad program at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, sponsored by a consortium of thirteen American colleges and universities. The Program maintains high academic standards and dedication to a sound liberal education for which its sponsoring institutions are known. Approximately 40 students are accepted each year to study the Japanese language intensively and take courses in English on Japan, mainly in the humanities and social sciences. The sponsoring institutions are: Amherst College, Bates College, Bucknell University, Carleton College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Mount Holyoke College, Oberlin College, Pomona College, Smith College, Wesleyan University, Williams College, and Whitman College. Students from other colleges are more than welcome to apply. Over 1600 students have participated in the Program since its inception in 1972.


To complete your application, you will need to submit:
  • $25 application fee
  • Dean's Approval Form
  • Family Photo and Letter to Prospective Host Family
  • Insurance and Parent's Approval Form
  • Official Transcripts 
  • Academic Information Questionnaire
  • Activities and Work Experience Questionnaire
  • Personal Essay 
  • Passport Information
If you need any help with your application, please contact the Program Administrator at us_office@associatedkyotoprogram.org!

Please click here to download our digital brochure for 2018-19

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/21/2018 09/21/2018 01/08/2019 04/24/2019