How to Apply

Applications for Spring 2018 still open!

The online application for the 2018–19 program will be available from Wednesday, 18 October 2017.  The deadline is Friday, 19 January 2018 for two-semester and fall-only applicants; and Friday, 21 September 2018 for spring-only applicants on a rolling admissions basis.

Application Process

Start with the red “Apply now to AKP” button above! It will take you to the external application website where you will be asked to create a user ID in order to sign in and begin your application.

If you are a member of one of AKP’s consortium schools, complete your application with the assistance of your AKP Campus Representative. Submit your application materials directly to the AKP Office at Bucknell University by the deadline listed above.

If you’re not from a consortium school, contact the AKP Program Administrator and your advisor before beginning an application.

We strongly recommend getting all of your application materials together well before the application deadline, especially if you are applying to the spring-semester program as the online application will close once all positions have been filled.

Are You Ready?

In order for your application to be considered for the two-semester or fall-only program, you must:

  • be a college junior in good standing at a consortium or non-consortium institution
  • have completed at least one year of Japanese language study at your home institution
  • also have completed at least one other Japan-related course before enrolling in the program
  • have a grade point average of “B” or better, and have earned “B” or better in Japanese language courses
  • have a passport valid through September 2019

For spring-only applicants, you must:

  • be a college junior or first-semester senior in good standing at a consortium or non-consortium institution
  • have completed at least one year of Japanese language study at your home institution and be enrolled in Japanese in the fall term prior to study on the program
  • also have completed at least one other Japan-related course before enrolling in the program
  • have a grade point average of “B” or better, and have earned “B” or better in Japanese language courses
  • have a passport valid through September 2019

Deposits and Fees

  • Application fees: The application fee for students at consortium colleges is $25; for non-consortium applicants, the fee is $50. Late applications are subject to a $50 fee.
  • Comprehensive fees: Students from consortium member colleges pay the comprehensive fees of their own schools. Non-consortium students are charged a comprehensive fee based on prevailing fees at consortium institutions.
  • Enrollment and academic standing: Enrollment is contingent upon the applicant’s maintenance of good academic standing.
  • Enrollment deposit: To enroll, accepted students must send a $500 deposit to the Associated Kyoto Program Office at Bucknell University. The deposit will be returned to the student in yen after arrival in Kyoto. It will be forfeited if the student does not enroll in the program.