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

The Higashi Osaka Experience Tour

Weekly Higashi Osaka gave AKPers and other Kyoto study abroad students the experience of a lifetime by letting them get a sneak peak of the tours the city is setting up in order to promote the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Students learned how to make handmade paper with real flowers, envelopes from kimono patterns, finger toys, and had a lesson making kinako dango (a sweet rice cake with soy powder) and other traditional Japanese sweets.

For lunch, students were treated to an Osaka specialty – kushikatsu! Consisting of various skewered and deep fried meats and veggies, kushikatsu was a big hit for everyone. For dinner, students were served curry with rice in the shape of a rugby ball. Yum!

After the tour, students even got to meet a celebrity — Try-kun, the official mascot of the 2019 Rugby World Cup!

Thank you Weekly Higashi Osaka for inviting our students and sharing the lovely photos! To read the original article in Japanese, please click here.

Spring Orientation 2019

The spring semester at AKP is off to a great start! During last week’s orientation, new students met their host families at our annual New Year’s Party. Maria Hidalgo Romero (Williams) and Fernando Barcelo (Pomona) represented the spring students and introduced themselves in Japanese on stage. Awesome job, guys!

As part of AKP’s orientation self defense workshop, students learned some judo moves from a police officer. They also learned proper bicycle traffic rules and etiquette, as bicycles are a useful mode of transportation in Kyoto!

Last but not least, students took their Japanese placement tests. The Japanese faculty create a new curriculum every year to build on the knowledge of current students, so and the placement test is an important part of gauging how to construct AKP’s courses!

Have a great semester, everyone!

Best Shots of 2018

At the end of every semester, we ask our students to submit their favorite photo from their time in Kyoto. We received so many beautiful submissions this year! Click here to check out all of the Fall 2018 photos, along with descriptions the students wrote themselves in Japanese!