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

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!

Happy Holidays!

The AKP U.S. Office will be closed from December 21st to January 2nd for Winter Break and will be operating in a limited capacity during the week of January 6th. All calls and emails will be returned no later than the week of January 13th.

The AKP Kyoto Office will be closed from December 25th to January 5th. The Resident Director will be available 24 hours a day via cell phone in case of a student emergency.

Wishing you a happy holidays and a wonderful start to the Year of the Rat!

My Favorite Kyoto – Fall 2019


At the end of every semester, AKPers submit photos that best enapsulate what they loved about Kyoto and their time there! Check out all of the Fall 2019 cohort’s photos, as well as the stories they wrote in Japanese, on the AKP Japanese Language Program blog.