Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

At the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS), an eight-credit course in Japanese language is offered each semester. Additional discipline-based courses in the humanities/social sciences are taught in English by Japanese and American professors. During the second semester, several directed reading courses are taught in Japanese by Japanese professors. Independent study courses may also be arranged.

Program Curriculum

Courses are taught by Japanese and American professors, including the KCJS director and a KCJS professor from one of the consortium universities.

Program Details

Requirements
  • Boston University students only
  • Two years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent
  • Five semesters of Japanese is required for the Spring semester
  • Academic year students are given preference
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
  • Final admissions decisions are made by KCJS/Columbia University

For more information, please contact us at abroad@bu.edu.

Program Dates
  • Fall Semester: early September to mid December
  • Spring Semester: early January to late April
Cost
Housing
  • Most students live with Japanese families; a few students live in apartments. For students living with families, most meals are included in the living arrangement. Students housed in apartments are responsible for preparing their own meals.
Application Deadlines
  • Fall Semester or Academic Year: March 15
  • Spring Semester (If space is available): September 15

In addition to completing the standard BU Study Abroad application, students must apply through Columbia University’s online application system.

(Please note that the Columbia application may not yet be available for your chosen semester.)

Review of applications will begin according to the following timetable. Notification of admissions begins after the application deadline.

Program Faculty & Staff

The Boston University Kyoto Program is administered by staff in our Boston office in collaboration with the Columbia University and Kyoto offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and serves as a liaison with the Columbia office which also maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Kyoto. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Kyoto, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.

Courses are taught by Japanese and American professors, including the KCJS director and a KCJS professor from one of the consortium universities.

For more information, check out the KCJS website.