The Associated Kyoto Program is designed for those who don’t just want to study in Japan—they want to live in it. From rich elective courses taught by distinguished faculty to weekly practica on Japanese culture; from eye-opening field trips around Kyoto to the comfort of a host family’s house, every part of the AKP experience is designed to allow you to live in Japan not as merely a traveler, but as an insider. Click here to apply to AKP!
"I used my Cultural Activities Grant mostly to pay for dance classes, as well as to go to the occasional temple. I think being able to enter the dance community here in Japan has really helped me to settle in, and feel that I am a part of something here."
- Celia Langford (Whitman College), 2017-18 AKPer
"I think I have become more independent and confident to travel alone while on AKP. I used to be afraid to go on a trip by myself, especially in a foreign country, but as my language skills have improved I have gained more confidence, and realized that I am capable of a lot more than I once thought."
- Eva Olson (Smith College), 2017-18 AKPer
"My host parents don't speak English, so living with them has really helped me improve. It was hard to communicate well at first, but we understood each other, and my Japanese improved rapidly after the first week!"
- Andrew Nguy (Pomona College), Fall 2017 AKPer

Health Update: Coronavirus in Japan

In light of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak, we are providing an update regarding AKP’s response to the epidemic.

All of us at AKP continue to monitor the impact and spread of the virus in Japan, following resources and guidance from the Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Overseas Security Advisory Council, the U.S. Embassy in Japan, and our partners at Doshisha University.

There are currently 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Japan, the majority of which are in Tokyo. AKP is aware that two of these cases, a tour bus driver and tour guide with no relation to AKP, are as close as Osaka and Nara Prefecture. Last night, we also became aware that one case has been confirmed in Kyoto. According to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare report, this person only left her house once after returning from Wuhan last Thursday. She was wearing a mask at the time. As of now, she is being monitored closely.

While many have expressed concern, no students or staff have been reported as being impacted by the virus. To ensure the safety of our students, AKP has implemented the following precautions:

  • Requesting all students, staff, and faculty to use hand sanitizer when entering the AKP Kyoto Center.
  • Encouraging all students to wear masks while out in Kyoto.
  • Discussing health, safety, and hygiene with each student during their individual one-month check-in with the AKP Resident Director.
  • Communicating with host families regarding AKP precautions.
  • Reviewing all non-program travel itineraries proposed by students who wish to travel outside of Kyoto.
  • Reviewing field trips for AKP courses and assessing the risk of exposure to individuals who may carry the virus on a case-by-case basis. At minimum, field trips that present a possibility of this risk will be made optional, and students who choose to participate will be provided with masks to protect themselves.

The situation remains fluid, and if any updates arise, we will inform students’ home study abroad offices, campus representatives, and parents in a timely matter. Should you have any questions, we welcome you to email [email protected] or call 909-621-1884.

Staying Prepared!

It’s always important to be ready for anything! Last week, the Spring AKPers took a trip to the Kyoto Disaster Prevention Center to learn how to react if a natural disaster hits.

On Tuesday, they also practiced a few safety drills on campus. Great job learning how to be safe, everyone!

A warm welcome to Spring 2020!

Say hello to our Spring 2020 Cohort! Last week, the AKP Center welcomed over 20 new students during Spring Orientation. Thursday through Saturday, the new cohort made their way through a packed schedule, which included a greeting from their full-year AKP senpai, a safety/self-defense workshop, and commuting practice with Doshisha volunteers.

It all ended with the New Year’s Party on Saturday evening, where AKP celebrated both the students and their lovely host families. Many thanks to Adriana Nazarko (Bowdoin College) and Felicia Soderberg (Wesleyan University) for your great speeches!

This week, all AKPers began their classes for the spring semester. 皆さん、頑張ってください!