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

Long time no see!

2015-16 AKPer Lucy Bauer (Smith College) stopped by the AKP Office for a visit! As of last year, she has been teaching English to elementary school students in Tokushima through the JET Program.

Lucy and her friend (left)

 

Spring 2019 in Kyoto!

Are you interested in studying abroad through AKP next Spring? Applications are still open for our Spring 2019 program! Click here to apply!

Spring 2018 students enjoying the beautiful blossoms in Kyoto

Hanami Japanese Language Table

For the last Japanese Language Table of the academic year, everyone met under the cherry blossoms at Amherst House. “Hanami” is the Japanese tradition of picnicking under the cherry blossoms in spring.

A weeping cherry tree in front of Amherst House
Later, on the veranda of Amherst House