AKP: A National Consortium
The Associated Kyoto Program, Inc. (AKP) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It operates an independent program for undergraduate students from sponsoring American colleges and universities in cooperation with Doshisha University’s Organization for Promotion of International Cooperation. Since its inception in 1972, the AKP has provided study opportunities in Kyoto for over 1400 students and, with assistance from foundations and corporations, has provided fellowships to dozens of American and Japanese faculty members for research and teaching abroad. Four faculty members from our consortium institutions will offer classes and conduct research during 2013-14.
The AKP is sponsored by a consortium of fifteen American colleges and universities. The program maintains high academic standards and dedication to a sound liberal arts education for which its sponsoring institutions are known. AKP consortium schools: Amherst College, Bates College, Bucknell University, Carleton College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, Oberlin College, Pomona College, Smith College, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, Williams College, and Whitman College. Occasionally students from other colleges are admitted.
AKP Administrative Office at Whitman College
The U.S. Office, located on the campus of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, serves as the administrative headquarters for the program. The Chair of the AKP Board of Directors, who also serves as the President of the Corporation, and the Program Administrator have offices on the Whitman campus and they coordinate and manage the program. The President of each consortium institution appoints a faculty representative who serves on the Board that determines all program policies. Indeed, the AKP is one of the only study abroad programs that is governed, managed, and directed by faculty members from its consortium institutions.
AKP Agent College: Smith College
Smith College provides fiscal and administrative management for the program and grants academic credit to program participants. If you need an official transcript showing your work at AKP during the 2013-2014 academic year, you must contact the Registrar at Smith College. Transcript requests cannot be handled through the AKP Administrative Office.