About the Kyoto Program

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 at leading companies and institutions all over Japan. The curriculum typically combines intensive Japanese language study with Japan-focused content courses on culture, society, arts and innovation.
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Start with a high-level introduction to the program. Learn more about the academic program, including academic prerequisites, related on-campus coursework, local learning opportunities, course credit, and cultural events and trips.
As you begin to think about your time abroad, take the time to learn about the things that will surround you. Your meals and accommodations, the local culture, and the daily city life are all important aspects of the program outside of academics that you should experience and learn from.
Important dates including Arrival/Departure, Orientation, First Day of Classes, Finals, and Holidays. Please check these dates carefully when planning your travel to and from the program, and also be aware that some dates are different from those of the corresponding quarter on campus.
Student Ambassadors share their first-hand experiences about the program, what led them to choose the program, and some of the challenges they faced while studying abroad. Dive deeper into 'a day in the life' while abroad, as a particular student experience may help you decide if this program is right for you.