Costs and Financial Aid

AKP Comprehensive Program Fee

For students at AKP consortium institutions, the comprehensive fee is the same as tuition plus room and board at your home school. For non-consortium students, the comprehensive fee is assessed on the prevailing rates of consortium schools.

Your comprehensive fee covers

  • A travel subsidy for airfare to the orientation site in Kyoto;
  • Orientation accommodations, introductions to the Kyoto Program Center and faculty, mini-tours of Kyoto, and a guided tour to your homestay led by Doshisha students;
  • A Welcome Party to introduce you to your host family;
  • Doshisha tuition and all Doshisha student fees;
  • A homestay experience closely connected with the academic program. You will join your family daily for breakfast and dinner;
  • A monthly lunch subsidy (including weekends) and commuting costs from your homestay to the Doshisha campus;
  • Japanese National Health Insurance, liability insurance, and a Doshisha Student Co-op Membership (for lunch and other services);
  • International Student ID Card (ISIC) with basic travel insurance coverage;
  • Program-sponsored field trips in the fall and spring, numerous field trips connected with elective seminars, and program-sponsored day trips with host families;
  • Special holiday gatherings and semester opening and closing parties;
  • Student research, internship, and cultural activities grants to help you pursue independent research projects outside of the regular curriculum.

Airfare to Japan

  • All students will arrange for their own transportation to the Orientation Site in Kyoto in September or January.
  • AKP will provide a transportation subsidy up to $850 for each semester a student is resident on the program. All subsidies will be in US dollars on a reimbursement basis only. Refer to the AKP Student Travel Policy for more information.

Cultural Activities Grant

AKP provides a monthly cultural activity grant to help students enhance their Kyoto experience and to develop a stronger basis for their understanding of Japanese culture. The grant encourages students to look broadly to define and develop interesting areas of inquiry that may stretch their experiences to include research and travel that could lead to a strong undergraduate thesis on Japan. It’s that extra bit of incentive for you to pursue the questions that intrigue you and seek out experiences you’d never get otherwise. Who knows—maybe you’ll find the inspiration for your undergraduate thesis as you’re practicing shamisen or learning taiko!

Research and Internship Grants

In recognition of their significant, focused investment in learning about Japan, AKP makes available to full-year students grants that may be used in one of two ways: to support research or as an internship subsidy. Full-year students may apply for one or the other of these grants.

AKP Research Grants can be used in support of plans for a senior thesis, seminar paper, or an individual project of special interest to the student. Students will prepare a research proposal in consultation with the AKP Faculty, the Resident Director, and the Chair. All research projects must be completed by early April before the spring semester final exam period. The maximum amount available to any one student is ¥50,000, paid on a reimbursement basis.

The maximum amount available for AKP Internship Subsidies to any one student is ¥50,000, paid on a reimbursement basis. Applications should be submitted to the AKP Resident Director in Kyoto.