• Japan
    • Tokyo
J-Term, Short Term, Winter
Subject Areas
Arts Asian Studies Cultural Studies Design Digital Media East Asian Studies Film Visual Arts

Program Details

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What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

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Jan 03, 2024
Dec 15, 2023
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About Program

Break out of your routine while living and learning in lively Tokyo, Japan for a winter break or January Term! Whether you're culturally curious, an anime fan, or a full-on Japanophile, this program will introduce you to the best of Japanese culture. You'll study at a local Japanese university based in one of Tokyo's top entertainment districts. Choose from Japanese language or study art and culture in English (current course is Anime and Japanese Pop Culture Studies). Between the host university and CIS Abroad on-site staff and group activities, you'll make memories to last much beyond the few weeks you'll be there.

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Program Highlights

  • Earn Japanese language credits in a short amount of time
  • Experience the variety of Japanese cuisine, beyond sushi
  • Visit ancient shrines and contemporary museums in a city of exciting contrasts
  • Quiet campus located in the heart of Tokyo
  • Meet Japanese students and develop a tight-knit community


CISabroad Scholarships

CISabroad Scholarships and Financial Aid

70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships, grants, or discounts to study abroad. We're unapologetically committed to increasing access to international education for all students.

$250 - $500

Program Reviews

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  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 5
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An Empowering Experience

My brief summer abroad provided me with the opportunity for personal challenge and growth. This experience encouraged independence and sparked a curiosity to explore beyond the classroom. My favorite part was being able to immerse myself in the culture and connect with students from different backgrounds. This program made me realize that I am more capable than I had initially believed. A special thanks goes to the dedicated staff at CIS Abroad, who supported me throughout the entire process from applying to my arrival in Japan.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would choose to explore more prefectures.
14 people found this review helpful.
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日本にようこそ (Welcome to Japan)

I have always dreamed of being able to visit Japan, and experience the vibrant culture first hand. Having the opportunity to not only study Japanese, but interact with Japanese students and local Japanese people was truly a once in a lifetime experience. The location we studied at was Seisen University, a gorgeous campus with historic buildings, located in a peaceful scenic neighborhood. The excursions we went on were really fun, and I was super excited to get to wear a kimono and participate in a Japanese Tea Ceremony. Of course the classes I took were for Japanese language. I learned so much, and have continued my studies on my own after the program. We learned grammar but also wrote Haikus with the vocabulary we learned. I am still close friends with several of the Seisen students who helped teach the class, and was thrilled to be able to see them when I returned on another trip. Now I didn't spend all my time in class, there was plenty of free time to explore the city of Tokyo and surrounding prefectures on my own. I even went to a Japanese outdoor hot spring and to Kamakura to see all the shrines and temples. If you want to experience a historic and vibrant culture that perfectly blends traditional beliefs with modern technology and lifestyles, I cannot stress enough how amazing the January in Japan program is!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most stressful moment was when I went to a bar in Shinjuku Ni-Chome, and the menu there was entirely in Japanese. Of course being the stubborn person I am, I pretended to be able to read it, and felt really bad cause the waitress was trying to ask me what I wanted to order. This lovely Japanese couple sitting next to me saw me struggling and helped me translate the Kanji. I eventually found out after that, that 3 of the staff members on duty that night were studying at Seisen University and we all had a blast talking in Japanese and English about our classes.
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Best Way to Experience First Time in Japan!!

I overall enjoyed my time in CIS Abroad's January in Japan program. As the title states, it was indeed my first time in Japan! The advisors were really cool people, and thanks to both the excursions we had, and their advice to us students about various aspects of the country (how the public transportation system works, many different places of interests to visit, etc.), I'm more knowledgeable about the country, so the next time I visit the country on my own, I'll have no trouble getting around!

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Questions & Answers

Honestly for the most part, not at all! When you enroll in the program, no matter what class you pick (Pop Culture in Anime, Japanese language, etc), the advisors will still teach everyone the basic phrases and etiquette ("thank you", "sorry", "how much is this?", etc) you need to know before classes start. Some of my classmates enrolled in the program knew little-to-no Japanese, yet they did just...