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

Thank you 2017-18 Students!

Today was the closing ceremony for the 2017-18 AKP academic year.

Our MCs were Fu-san and Liu-san, both from Colby College.


Our student representative, Langford-san, also gave a speech.


Full year students, spring students — we hope you all had a wonderful experience studying on AKP! Come back soon to visit!

Sibling Visit

Spring 2015 AKPer Jun Takaki (Oberlin College) stopped by the AKP Office with his younger brother!

Takaki-san is doing research on seeds and vegetation affected by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. While on his way to Hiroshima, he decided to visit us!

with his younger brother (left)

Don Don Hanasou! Topic Discussion: Final

Today was the last Topic Discussion class of the academic year. Students separated into two groups and had a lively chat!

This group’s topic was “travel”
This group’s topic was “human relations”

And so, the Topic Discussion class wrapped up. Everyone, are you able to communicate in Japanese a little better now?

Doshisha volunteers, thank you very much. See you again in September!