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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Year
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  • Program Sponsor: IES 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2022-2023 01-APR-2022
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: You must submit an application to UVA and your outside program provider. The deadline above is for UVA’s application. The deadline for your outside program application may be earlier. Confirm the outside program’s application deadline on their website.
Fall Semester 2022 01-APR-2022
Rolling Admission 30-AUG-2022 18-DEC-2022

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: none Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: Homestay, University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Field Study/ Experiential, Study center Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: Program Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Leah Hicks Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: Anthropology, Art, Asian Studies, Commerce, Communications, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Film Studies, Foreign Affairs, History, Japanese, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies
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Tokyo - Language & Culture

Program Overview

Expand your understanding of Japan by immersing yourself in contemporary Japan and its culture—and what better way to learn the Japanese language? At Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), you take a 6-credit language course specially designed for IES Abroad students (with the option of taking up to 12 credits of language), plus area studies courses taught in English. The English-language course offerings look at Japan from the point of view of popular culture, history, politics, and the arts. Founded in 1987, KUIS is a private university dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in International Studies, Foreign Languages, Intercultural Communication, Japanese Culture, and Linguistics.

Tokyo will be your classroom. Visit Tokyo’s traditional hot spots, like the temple at Asakusa, the gardens of the Imperial Palace, and the Meiji Grand Shrine. You can also learn about Tokyo’s younger generations by visiting popular districts like Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Harajuku.

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Why Tokyo?

Explore centuries-old temples, gardens, and castles that are only minutes from ultra-modern skyscrapers, electronics stores, and haute couture fashion centers. Dine on sushi and tempura, attend a sumo match or a baseball game, and learn tea ceremony, karate, or breakdancing. Take classes in the town of Makuhari, on the tip of Tokyo Bay, and just 45 minutes from the heart of the city. All of this and so much more awaits you in Tokyo!

Student Life

We strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website.

Scholarships & Aid

IES Abroad firmly believes that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit $5 million in study abroad scholarships and aid, all offered through one quick and easy application. Check out all of our scholarship options at

Aid Application Deadlines:
Summer – April 1
Fall/Academic Year – May 1
Spring/Calendar Year – November 1

The IES Abroad Difference

We can say that our academic standards are completely unmatched, our partnerships with more than 500 global universities and colleges speak to the quality of our programs, and our health and safety practices have set the standards for the entire field of study abroad. And all of that would be true…. But what really sets us apart is our commitment to you. As a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider, you are our bottom line. Your success is our success. And in today’s world, that’s a pretty extraordinary thing.

  • 135+ Award-Winning Study Abroad and Internship Programs
  • 33 Global Locations
  • Advising & Student Support from predeparture to after you return home
  • Strong Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
  • $5+ Million in Aid and Scholarships
  • Passionate, Mission-Focused Staff and Faculty from our headquarters in Chicago to our Centers around the world
  • 70 Years of Experience

About IES Abroad

Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 260 top-tier American colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for thousands of students annually. IES Abroad has nearly 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying in IES Abroad programs since its inception. Discover more about what we offer with all of our programs.

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IES Tokyo

IES Tokyo Program

IES Tokyo offers English-taught area studies courses concentrating on contemporary Japan, as well as a rigorous Japanese language program. All students take 6 credits of Japanese language. Students in the Society & Culture Program take an additional 9-12 credits in Anthropology, International Relations, Economics, Film Studies, Political Science, or other disciplines in which IES and KUIS offer courses. Students in the Japanese Language Program take one IES area studies course and the remainder of their credits in language courses at a Japanese partner university.

A fascinating opportunity offered by IES Tokyo is the Field Placement Program, which places students in Japanese organizations, allowing them to work in and observe a Japanese business, non-profit organization, religious or political institution, school, athletic association, or other entity. All interested students, regardless of their Japanese language level, may participate in this program. Enrollment in the 3-credit Social Organization Seminar is required as part of the Field Placement Program.

Upon arrival, students participate in a 10-day onsite orientation. Together, Society and Culture Program and Japanese Language Program students will attend lectures about health, safety, culture, and daily life in Tokyo. They will also participate in cultural activities and Japanese language classes.

Kanda University (KUIS)
KUIS was founded in 1987. It is a private university dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in international studies, foreign languages, intercultural communication, Japanese culture, and linguistics. KUIS is a modern and vibrant university with high standards of teaching and research. It annually enrolls approximately 2,700 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs; all students study a second language.

IES students can make full use of KUIS' modern computer and email facilities, sports and recreation center, international cafeteria and bakery, and library. IES students receive a KUIS student ID card that enables them to receive student discounts on museum entrance fees, the cinema, theatrical performances, and rail travel.

The IES Center is located just off campus in a modern building within easy walking distance to public transportation, a seaside park beach, and many public amenities. The 2,300-square-foot Center includes staff offices, a student lounge, a meeting room, Internet-accessible computer facilities, and the Center's library.

IES Tokyo Summer Program

IES Tokyo offers a six-week, 6-credit summer program for students interested in Japanese language and culture. The summer program incorporates weekly cultural activities as well as field trips to historic and culturally significant places such as Mt. Fuji and Nikko.

Tokyo City

Tokyo is a modern city of wonderful contrasts. Its dignified temples and shrines stand quietly in the shadows of massive skyscrapers. Tokyo's modernity and fast pace are somehow subdued by the serene charm of its many parks and the quiet courtesy of its people. Both energetic and graceful, Tokyo is a gateway to the fascinating culture of Japan.

Located in the coastal town of Makuhari New City in Chiba Prefecture, the IES Center is just 30 minutes by commuter rail from the heart of Tokyo. Known as a "model metropolitan area for the 21st century," Makuhari juxtaposes modern corporate headquarters of companies such as Canon, IBM, Sharp, and Seiko Instruments with traditional Japanese gardens and a beach on Tokyo Bay. Students can visit the Chiba Marine Stadium, home of the Chiba Lotte Marines (a Japanese professional baseball team), or stroll through the splendid Makuhari Seaside Park and enjoy its mihama-en (traditional Japanese garden) and shorai-tei (tea ceremony room).

This program is currently not accepting applications.