• Japan
    • Tokyo
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Subject Areas
Asian American Studies Cultural Studies Language Studies

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma Bachelors
Dormitory Host Family
Feb 10, 2021
Nov 16, 2022
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About Program

Head over to Tokyo to study Japanese! The KCP International Japanese Language School is multicultural and offers an Intensive Japanese Language course and a Japanese Culture and Society course. Between classes, students can take part in cultural immersion activities. These may include a tea ceremony, learning to play traditional instruments, cooking Japanese food, and more. Connect with students, explore Tokyo, and practice your Japanese today!

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Program Highlights

  • KCP is in Shinjuku but it’s off to the side in a quiet neighborhood. So you get both the extreme excitement of Tokyo’s busiest spot and a serene corner near several parks, all in your daily commute.
  • KCP is a Japanese school, run and staffed by Japanese—so it’s steeped in the Japanese way of life. What better way to immerse yourself?
  • The Culture and Society course, combined with the dorm or homestay context and with the extracurricular clubs, all make for a varied blend of experiences.
  • Teachers and staff at KCP are exceptionally dedicated and highly skilled at teaching you Japanese.
  • Class is intense. In 11 weeks, you can earn more Japanese credit than you would earn in an entire year at your home school.

Program Reviews

4.85 Rating
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  • Academics 4.95
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.75
  • Housing 4.65
  • Safety 4.95
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Yes, I recommend this program

Hands down the best experience of my entire life

I attended many years ago but KCP still remains the most enriching experience I have ever had. I had studied 4 years of Japanese at UMass but the unique immersive teaching style at KCP helped my skills grow more than I could imagine. Inside and outside of class with my international classmates and teachers was always an adventure and there was never I time I wasn't improving developing my language skills. The staff and students at KCP felt like family. I will cherish my experience for the rest of my life.

  • Wide range of students from several different countries
  • Amazing field trips and assemblies
  • Intensive immersion but helpful staff so I never felt lost or defeated
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Great Time. Good School.

This was my first time in Asia. So everything was exciting and new. KCP is a great school which focuses on the language. That maybe sounds obvious, but it's not so much a "good to Japan and have fun" kind of school. If you're looking for that, I'd go elsewhere.

If you'd like you learn Japanese, and meet interesting people, go here. Keep in mind you'll have to make an effort to meet Japanese people, as the school is obviously, filled with non-Japanese.

Recommended if you want to learn Japanese.

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The Best Study Abroad Experience

My time at KCP International Language School is something I still think about, even months after the program has ended. While there, I was able to accomplish so much that I had never expected to. Not only did I improve my Japanese language proficiency, but I was given the opportunity to explore a new country and make international friendships. Tokyo is such an amazing, accessible city that it's hard not to miss it once you leave. The school itself is in a great location, right in the heart of Shinjuku, and has plenty of great restaurants and cafes nearby. I spent a lot of my time with friends in the school cafeteria, studying for upcoming tests or helping each other with the homework. The school is also a great place to practice conversational Japanese with the other students.

KCP offers a lot of amazing experiences outside of the classroom, too. If you opt in, you'll be escorted through the different parts of Tokyo almost every weekend, giving you plenty of opportunities to see famous landmarks and historic locations. Another perk of being in the US program is the chance to spend a weekend in the Mt. Fuji area. The time I spent in the ryokan there is something I still think of fondly.

If you're able to go abroad and have real interest in studying language and culture, I highly recommend choosing KCP International. If your experience is anything like mine, you'll gain newfound confidence in speaking Japanese and many long-lasting friendships.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate in Japan was actually Chinese cuisine. A night before final exams, some of my Chinese classmates took me out for Chinese hotpot. They showed me what to eat and how to cook it, which was pretty amazing in itself. I ended up trying duck feet, cow artery, and sheep brain (among other things)! Definitely an unforgettable meal.
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Learn Japanese!

This program was amazing. For starters, this program is cheaper than the majority of other study abroad programs. You will also learn more Japanese than other study abroad programs because KCP focuses on language. You will be able to converse to a certain degree within 2 months tops! Accommodation wise, it was phenomenal. The dorms were clean and had everything you could ask for. Not to mention how close it is to the train station. Did I mention this is in the middle of all the great parts of Tokyo?! I do have to say that the workload can be busy, so I encourage potential applicants to prepare to study as the Japanese classes here will require it. The KCP staff were really helpful and helped students get into the Japanese lifestyle. They are more than willing to help but you have to ask them! Students are from all over the world and you will have a blast meeting them. Overall I had a great experience and am grateful for all the friends I made in Japan!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Unlike other programs, this one is very serious on teaching you the language, so I encourage people to make sure that they are prepared to study a decent amount of time. You will be able to converse to a degree after a few months and you might wish to stay longer, I assure you!
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KCP Summer Short Term 2019

For the 8 week program, I learned a lot about Japanese culture and language. This was the most intensive language class I have taken and I loved every minute of it. Also in the first two weeks, the program took us on a bus trip to the next prefecture over to visit shrines and a peach farm!
The classes were intensive. In the beginning, I was unsure and not confident in speaking Japanese despite learning for 2 semesters already. The teachers are really encouraging and I learned a lot from grammar, to speaking, to Kanji! Since I already knew Chinese, it was really interesting to see the different way Kanji was written to Chinese. In the end, however, I was able to even converse at a local thrift store with the salesperson!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Tokyo is full of never-ending adventures, so I definitely wished I explored more.
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KCP: A Life Changing Trip to Tokyo

Spending the summer in Tokyo, Japan was a life changing experience for many reasons. The KCP International Japanese Language School is a true gem and I consider myself incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity.

KCP provides an intensive language course (which is very manageable if you put the work in!) and many culturally immersive experiences. This school is a great way to learn the Japanese language thoroughly at a quick rate and gain a better understanding and experience of Japanese culture.

On top of the school experience, Tokyo in general is an amazing place to be. Every day in Tokyo was a brilliant new adventure and I cherish every moment I had there. I would recommend anyone to go to Tokyo.

Studying abroad in Japan changed my life for the better - if you get the chance to, go for it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Find a balance! The school work can be intense, but it is manageable. You don't want to spend your whole time in Japan with your face in a textbook. Make sure you also take plenty of time to explore and meet new people. Japan is full of adventures!
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Your Experience is What You Make of It

KCP was absolutely incredible as far as academics and just general experience especially, even though, as everyone says, it is a lot of work, in class and outside of class. Realistically, though, learning language takes a lot of work, so I think it's appropriate. The teachers and staff are, for the most part, absolutely incredible, and genuinely care about you. Most of them make class entertaining, even, which I think takes a lot of effort, and without taking away from the lesson. They put in so much time, and most of the teachers really make sure all of the class is engaged and speaking for the majority of the class. Don't be afraid to ask questions after your classes! I found some of the most helpful times were when I did.

Most of your classmates will be from Asian countries. My class was primarily from Korea and China, with one guy from Taiwan, which means you will really need to use your Japanese, because even though a lot of them know some English, it's limited. If you test into any level above 1, then I think you have to put more effort to connect to your classmates who are not English-speaking, because a lot of them are already friends from level 1. However, I was able to hang out with them outside of class eventually, and it was really a rewarding experience! Both just for having great friends and fun, as well as helping with my Japanese. I even had to learn more kanji to get my Chinese-speaking classmates to understand what I was saying in Japanese, because sometimes, if they didn't know the word I was using (or if I was mispronouncing it or something), I would write the kanji, so that was kind of a fun challenge.

The way the classes are organized, is Monday through Friday, you meet with your regular classmates, which are primarily from Korea and China, and on the weekends you have the option of the culture class, which includes school trips, which is only English-speaking students. Since you have a lot of time outside of class on the trips to bond with English-speaking students, it's easier, but getting connected with your non-English-speaking classmates Monday - Friday, especially if you are higher than level 1, is difficult. KCP knows this, so they host the BBQ, during school hours, a couple weeks after class begins. This is the only school-required trip/bonding opportunity that you'll have outside of class with your classmates that don't speak English. Initially I was dreading this BBQ, but, it actually really helps with connecting with your classmates who are non-English-speaking. Keeping this in mind, you get out what you put in. I had an English-speaking classmate who didn't speak as much to his classmates who were not English-speaking, and I feel, he kind of missed out on connecting with some of his classmates for the rest of the time in class.

I found my own housing, because for me, I thought KCP housing was pricey. However, this decision also will change your experience a lot, because for me, I had to work pretty hard to get community, whereas a lot of the students who lived in the dorms had a lot more community. When you're in Japan, the community doesn't come to you, so you really have to seek that out. Some of the people I knew who had host families had a great experience with it, and others, not the best, so it's kind of hit-or-miss with that. As for the people I knew in the dorms, they definitely had more community, but some of them also had more drama, so...I guess you have to pick and choose.

The culture trips were loads of fun. I audited the culture class, because I didn't need the credits, so I just went on the trips. They were really incredible, and pretty well-planned! The only thing that is a bit funny, is they only pay for your fare (train, subway, etc.) one-way, so sometimes I would walk home to save money, and I lived pretty far. (Japan is a lot safer, so even for females, so you can usually do this, but be careful regardless.) Definitely the favorite of most people was the overnight Yamanashi trip. I would say be careful with spending money, because a lot of my classmates spent too much in the beginning, and were tight on money at the end of the three month period, and most of us didn't have a visa, so we were unable to work.

The one thing I wish I had maybe done more was take advantage of some of the clubs that KCP offers outside of school. They have a whole bunch, some of which you have to be in a certain level to be in, because the vocabulary is more difficult. KCP tries to make extra opportunities for Japanese speaking, too, such as a Japanese cooking class, where we teamed up with local Japanese university students, and learned how to make oyako-don.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe a way to help students who are discouraged. Some of my classmates definitely got discouraged, and some of the English-speaking students felt pretty lost, having it be their first time in another country. Some of them it was even their first time living on their own.
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Intensive learning at KCP

KCP's Japanese course is an intensive learning experience with more emphasis on learning Japanese than having lot's of free time - however, if you spend your time wisely you can both learn Japanese and get to know Tokyo while studying at KCP International Japanese language school. It came to me as somewhat of a surprise that the pace of the course was so intensive and that I, with minimal Japanese skills was at class with students some of whom had studied Japanese for two years in China or Korea. Then again, had this not been the case I don't think I would have learned as much as I did.

I started with little to none Japanese skills and while my first three weeks were a little rough balancing between fun free time activities and sightseeing in Tokyo and catching up with the basic Japanese skills, studying at KCP was a good learning experience and I gained what I wanted: good basic Japanese language skills to build up on.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I really liked the visit the school organized to see Kabuki theater at the National Theatre as well as participating in a tea ceremony.
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Questions & Answers

Hey David! KCP can get you connected to a dormitory or homestay to live while you study. Additionally, the staff is awesome about helping students with both school and life navigating living in Tokyo.

All class instruction is in Japanese, but supplementary instruction may take place partly in English if needed.

Based on the eligibility page of their website, the only requirements are that you have to be at least 18 years old, you must be prepared to spend 3-6 hours to study outside of each class, and you must have completed high school.