Kyoto Program Introduction
With its history as Japan’s former Imperial capital for over a millennium, Kyoto is rightly famed for its ancient shrines and temples (which outnumber its convenience stores), its traditional ryokan inns and its centuries-old craftsmanship. Even today the city retains its status as the cultural capital of the nation. Despite its old-world feel Kyoto is an energetic city looking firmly to the future, with an impressive list of high tech companies making their home here. The Stanford in Kyoto center is situated inside Doshisha University, on the northern edge of the old Imperial Palace gardens in the heart of the city. Students can take Autumn and/or Spring Quarter academic programs, as well as an optional 10-week summer internship (for Spring Quarter participants only) at leading companies and institutions all over Japan. The curriculum typically combines intensive Japanese language study with Japan-focused content courses on contemporary culture, arts and society.