Tokyo will challenge you to experience the world in new ways, and immerse yourself in a culture that combines fast-paced modernity with age-old traditions.

This program is excellent for serious students at all levels who seek to study the Japanese language in an intensive 6-credit course. Course-related excursions in and around Tokyo complement what you learn in the classroom, and help you gain knowledge of Japanese culture and society.

You live in the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, located in the heart of Tokyo, a prime location from which to explore the massive city. While you live in a residence hall building with other IES Abroad students, you will have the chance to practice your Japanese language skills and experience Japanese family life and culture during an optional weekend at a homestay in a rural town. IES Abroad organizes an overnight field trip for all students to Nikko, plus a day trip to Kamakura.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Tokyo
  • City: Tokyo
  • Country: Japan
  • Program Credits: 6 credits
  • Language of Instruction: Japanese
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

May 31 - July 14

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

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Enroll in one rigorous 6-credit Japanese language course, Japanese in Context. Courses are offered based on enrollment and the student placement exam results. Wherever possible, our experienced instructors integrate course-related excursions and project-based performance activities with regular coursework. Visit our website for the latest information on language course syllabi.


This is a list of potential course offerings. The final courses and the student level placement will be decided after completion of a language placement test administered during orientation.


  • JP 100 - Japanese in Context (Summer)
  • JP 150 - Japanese in Context (Summer)
  • JP 200 - Japanese in Context (Summer)
  • JP 250 - Japanese in Context (Summer)
  • JP 300 - Japanese in Context (Summer)
  • JP 350 - Japanese in Context (Summer)


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Tokyo, it will feel like home. You live at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center, located in the heart of Tokyo, a prime location from which to explore the massive city. The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center is a residence hall-style accommodation that provides small individual rooms. The facility includes a cafeteria, a coffee shop, some restaurants, and a convenience store.

Student Life

Orientation Upon arrival, participate in a three-day orientation that introduces you to Japanese culture, the IES Abroad program, and the city of Tokyo. Spend a portion of orientation in Makuhari before heading to Tokyo.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Participate in optional cultural outings to such sites as:

  • Harajuku
  • Yoyogi Park
  • Ryogaku
  • Edo Tokyo Museum
  • Odaiba
  • Asakusa

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your homeschool
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Graduate students and continuing education students encouraged to apply
  • No previous Japanese language study is required
  • Non-U.S. citizens: Native English fluency or test scores demonstrating English proficiency, including IELTS scores of 7.0 or above or TOEFL certificate with a score of 575 or above for paper, or 90 or above for internet.

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Japan. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $5,435
  • Housing: $1,555
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $7,125

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • Japanese
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