• Japan
    • Kyoto
Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Art History Asian Studies Computer Science Economics Film Finance History International Business Literature Media Relations Religious Studies Service Learning Social Sciences Theater Visual Arts +5
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level


Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! Our high-quality programs include tuition, housing, on-site airport pick-up, field trips and cultural activities, 24/7 on-site professional staff, and automatic iNext insurance. There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Travel Insurance
Jun 05, 2024
May 09, 2024
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About Program

No place is more quintessential Japanese than Kyoto. The former capital city is lined with ancient palaces, traditional teahouses, and peaceful Zen gardens where students can ponder which amazing noodle house to dine at for an unforgettable bowl of ramen. Add in cultural activities and excursions and studying abroad in Kyoto will be an experience students will remember forever.

CIEE Kyoto is students’ home base, a safe zone for them to learn, grow, communicate, and collaborate.

Courses are available in English and Japanese.

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Program Highlights

  • CIEE Kyoto is conveniently located in the city of Kyoto with easy access to the city’s comprehensive train and bus networks.
  • Day-trip to Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital, to see eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Nara Park, the Great Buddha Hall of Todaiji Temple, and the Kasuga Grand Shrine.
  • Explore Iwatayama Monkey Park and feed monkeys, taste local specialties from Nishiki Market, and enjoy local festivals and celebrations, like Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri, in and around the city.
  • Take a guided tour of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the former residence of the Emperor of Japan, and stroll the surrounding imperial buildings and gardens.

Popular Programs

CIEE Kyoto Summer Program

As the ancient capital of Japan, it remains the premier hub of traditional Japanese culture and visual arts, and attracts visitors from around the globe to its palaces, temples, museums, theaters, and excellent restaurants.

CIEE Kyoto Semester Program

Explore the dynamics of Japanese language and culture in one of the most celebrated historical cities in the world. As the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto remains the premier hub of traditional Japanese culture.

CIEE Kyoto January Program

Bring your interest in Japanese Manga and Art to the ancient capital of Japan this January. Kyoto is the premier hub of traditional Japanese culture and is filled with palaces, temples, gardens, museums, and theaters.


With CIEE's Open Campus Block Programs, you can design your very own study abroad program to include up to three different locations for 6, 12 or 18 weeks.

Stay in one city the entire time or spend other blocks at our other Open Campus Block locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, or Sydney.

CIEE First Year Abroad in Kyoto

Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan, captivates students with its historic temples, traditional tea ceremonies, and the timeless beauty of cherry blossoms in spring. Kyoto offers a captivating blend of ancient traditions, making it an enchanting destination for students seeking a profound cultural experience in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Program Reviews

4.91 Rating
based on 11 reviews
  • 5 rating 90.91%
  • 4 rating 9.09%
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  • Academics 3.9
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4
  • Safety 4.9
  • Housing 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Classes and Connections

The classes offered through the Ancient and Modern Japan program were incredibly fitting with the theme of the program and also incredibly fascinating. I really enjoyed learning the content of all the classes, although I particularly loved the history courses. Additionally, all of the chosen teachers were fantastic at helping ups learn their subject and facilitating debates and general classroom participation. I feel like I have made not only lasting connections with my fellow classmates, but also academic connections for letters of recommendation and the like with all of my teachers as well.

  • Classes
  • Friendships
  • Cultural Experiences
12 people found this review helpful.
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Japan expirence

The experience Japan was other worldly I have always wanted to go to Japan and the CIEE did a great job on organizing out of class trips and excursions that were super fun and exciting. They were able to help with travel expenses as well and they provided all the necessary things to helping keep a nice safe environment to live in. After staying here for 3 months I am happy that I chose this program as well as this country to stay in and I definitely would recommend this to other people who want to go abroad,

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Had some chicken hard liver and kidney, as well as some ox tongue and raw squid and shrimp.
  • Cheap
  • Traveling outside Kyoto
  • Cherry Blossoms
  • Weather
  • culture shock
  • lots of walking sometimes
13 people found this review helpful.
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One of the best times of my life

I'm confident that I'll always remember my time abroad as one of the best parts of my life; I used to think people who talked about these kinds of things changing their lives were a little cringe, but now I feel like I understand. The program and the city were amazing, the food was great and I made a lot of great friends, both participants and locals. I'm really glad I did this, even though I'm not sure how much it'll add to my resume; I definitely think it was worth it to come. I would recommend it for sure

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I tried beef tongue!
  • Great food
  • Great people
  • Good academics
  • Japanese people are pretty shy so making friends is a little harder than normal
  • It was pretty hot and humid in August and September
  • Having to say goodbye to all the people I've met
36 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE Summer Kyoto

It was such a unique experience. The teachers, the staff and even the other students helped create an adventure that I will never forget. I feel in love with the classes and was so excited to learn more about Japan’s history. It was an amazing opportunity to grow my japanese speaking skills as well as use these credits for my major. They program offered many excursions to help expose the students to japanese culture. Even class had extra curriculars where we would be able to see the things we were learning about.

53 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE Kyoto Ancient + Modern Japan Summer Term

My experience in Kyoto was unique and insightful because I got to learn the Japanese language in the historical and cultural capital of Japan. As a mix between old and new, Kyoto provided me with a holistic perspective on what Japan evolved from as well as the direction it is going in. I would recommend this city to anyone who is looking to study abroad in a dynamic city that is also very clean and safe. During the summer here, pack for heavy heat and humidity. During the winter here, pack for a lot of snow!

  • Historical capital
  • Walkable City
  • Clean
  • Full of tourists
53 people found this review helpful.
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My experience abroad in Kyoto has allowed me to witness a number of cultural facets pertaining to Japan. Attending tea ceremonies, participating in the Gion Matsuri, visiting many shrines and temples, and hiking the local mountains are only a fraction of the fun activities I've done during the program. I was also able to enjoy the city life that the Kyoto youth enjoys, partaking in nightlife like clubs, and rooftop bars. I frequented the Round One arcade in Kawaramachi and the BiVi arcade near Nijo Castle. The cuisines in Kyoto are so diverse that I have nearly 300 restaurants marked and have been to a fair amount of them and all of them have been affordable and more than satisfactory.

  • Ability to experience both traditional and modern Japan
  • Vast variety of international and local cuisine that I was never able to try back home
  • Fantastic tea culture and Uji is close by!
  • Language barrier is sometimes an obstacle
55 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE Kyoto, Summer Ancient + Modern Japan

This was a condensed 6-week program, and you definitely feel the fast paced course load. That being said, if you are able to stay on track with the course work, you still have plenty of time to explore the Kyoto, both through program organized excursions and through independent travel if you so desire. I personally really enjoyed the independence and encouragement given to the students to explore Kyoto on behalf of the program. Additionally, Kyoto is simply an incredible city to study in. Would definitely recommend!

66 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Good social experience. Not great academic experience

The CIEE staff are really over worked, there are too many programs going on at the same time. The professors were not organized and one professor was completely unhinged and made me feel unsafe. The student life staff was extremely accommodating and invested in our success. The housing was really nice and the location was incredible. My positive of the experience is I got to immerse myself in Japanese culture. I loved being in Kyoto, I think it’s a fabulous place to stay over Tokyo and Osaka. I loved my classmates, it was super easy for me to make friends. I wish I grew professionally a bit more and gained more academic and transferable skills. The classes simply were not what I expected for a college level. They were very informal.

  • The area of the housing
  • Fellow students
  • Dedicated student life staff
  • Professors
  • Communication
  • Feeling ignored due to staff being over worked
82 people found this review helpful.

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