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

Cherry Blossom Classroom

Kyoto has been blessed with gorgeous weather lately, so Yoshimura Class, Imao Class, and the Don Don Hanasou class headed over to the Imperial Palace.

Studying under the cherry blossoms in full bloom is such a wonderful experience!

Making Pop-up Cards!

In the Sui Sui Yomou Swift Reading class, students made pop-up cards to showcase books they recommend reading!

Very artistic!
Recommended books


Happy Wedding!

2010-2011 AKPer Kristin Peck (Smith College) stopped by the office today. She announced that this weekend, she will be getting married at Kamo Shrine in Kyoto! Congratulations!

Her fiance is also a Doshisha alum!