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

PechaKucha Inspired

On December 13th, Doshisha Women’s College hosted a PechaKucha (a concise, 20 second per slide style of presentation) event. Fall 2018 AKPer Akane Kleinkopf (Whitman College) participated with her own PechaKucha presentation on what it means to be Japanese. 

Using her experiences from this semester, Akane gave a powerful presentation on identity. Although the Doshisha Women’s College students presented in English, she presented entirely in Japanese. Some AKP classmates even came to the event to cheer her on, despite being busy with finals!

Akane’s host mother also came to watch, and they had lunch together at the Doshisha cafeteria afterwards. 

Watch the full video of Akane’s presentation here:

Awesome job, Akane!

Halloween Parade 2018

Happy Halloween from AKP! Our fall 2018 AKPers, staff, and faculty enjoyed a beautiful day handing out candy around Doshisha. Great costumes, guys!  

Apply for our 2019-2020 Program!

Do you want to study abroad in Kyoto, Japan through AKP? Now is your chance! Our applications for the 2019-20 academic year are now open. You may choose to study in fall, spring, or stay the full year. Click here to apply!