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

Disaster Prevention Center

Always be prepared! The 18-19 AKPers had a fun and educational visit to the Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Center! They piloted a fire department helicopter, learned how to use a fire extinguisher, and successfully escaped a smoke filled room. (All a simulation, of course!)

AKP 2018-19 Fall Orientation

Our 2018-19 AKPers braved Typhoon Jebi and safely landed in Japan last week. Many students had delayed flights and were quite exhausted, but managed to arrive at orientation with big smiles. Here’s to a wonderful academic year!

Orientation Schedule Update

Due to Typhoon Jebi, we have had to make some adjustments to the 2018-19 AKP Orientation to accommodate students who have had their flights delayed.  All Orientation activities for September 5th have been postponed. Orientation will begin at 9:30am on September 6th at Doshisha University Ryoshinkan Room 207.