The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies has reopened for new applications for Fall 2012 and Academic Year 2012-13 and welcomes new applications from undergraduates until April 9th. The language prerequisite is four semesters of Japanese, or equivalent proficiency. Courses receive Boston University credit and financial aid packages can be used toward the program. A single semester at KCJS covers a full year of Japanese language training and non-language courses are designed to make full use of the local environment. A particularly well-received aspect of the program is the Community Involvement Project that helps students interact significantly with people in Kyoto in areas related to their own interests or professional ambitions. This has even led to future employment opportunities for some graduates.
For application and additional information, including a video and student responses to the program, please visit the program website.
For additional information about the program, feel free to contact BU faculty members Sarah Frederick (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mariko Henstock (email@example.com), both of whom have first hand knowledge of the program and the curriculum.
For general advice or information on the application process as well as BU study abroad procedures, please contact Deborah Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) in International Programs.
Please be aware that the KCJS has a summer program in Advanced and Classical Japanese that is also open to graduate students. This is an intensive six-week program for advanced Japanese students (equivalent of BU LJ304 prerequisite), or those wishing to learn classical Japanese grammar. It is a very well received program featuring very small classes and intense instruction. Both homestays and apartments are available.More information is can be found here.
The application deadline has passed, but keep the program in mind for the future!