Tokyo Summer


Program Description


Why Tokyo?

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

What You'll Study

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 trips in and around Tokyo complement what you learn in the classroom, and help you gain knowledge of Japanese culture and society.

Daily Life

Spend the summer living in an international city buzzing with excitement for the 2020 Summer Olympics. While you stay in shared housing with other IES Abroad students, you will have the chance to practice your Japanese language skills and explore the giant metropolis that is Tokyo. 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.


You enroll in one required 6-credit Japanese language course, Japanese Language in Context. Courses are offered based on on-site student placement test results and usually include five to six language levels. Students who place into the 300-level or above may also take a 1-credit language elective, Learning Japanese Through Manga & Anime.

Wherever possible, our experienced instructors integrate course-related trips and project-based performance activities with regular coursework.


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.


  • Japanese Language in Context Novice Abroad I
  • Japanese Language in Context Novice Abroad II
  • Japanese Language in Context Novice Abroad III
  • Japanese Language in Context Novice Abroad IV
  • Japanese Language in Context Emerging Independent Abroad I
  • Japanese Language in Context Emerging Independent Abroad I
  • Learning Japanese through Manga and Anime

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Tokyo, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Here are a few possible destinations:


2 Days

Visit the spectacular Shinto Shrine, Nikko Tosho-gu, experience a Japanese ryokan with hot springs, and view some of the country’s beautiful mountain scenery.


3 Days

During this optional short homestay experience, travel to a rural town to experience life with a Japanese family. You participate in cultural activities and get to know people in a small Japanese town.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Tokyo is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.


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 nearby Makuhari before heading to Tokyo.


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.

Residence Hall - The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center is a residence hall-style accommodation that provides small individual rooms. The facility includes features classrooms, multiple cafés, a pool, and a gym.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Participate in optional cultural outings to such sites as:

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


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.

Summer 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2020 $5,315 $1,450 $135 $6,900

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid

Up to $1,000.

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from the information provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients;
  • IES Abroad program location;
  • IES Abroad membership status of the home campus.

Our Center

The Fall and Spring Tokyo programs are based at the IES Abroad Tokyo Center and supported by IES Abroad staff. Our Center is located in Makuhari, a modern city in Chiba prefecture, which is in the Greater Tokyo Area.

Features of the IES Abroad Tokyo Center include:

  • High-speed Internet and printer access
  • Library and reading resources
  • Student lounge
  • Staff offices
  • Small classroom with projector and screen

Kanda University of International Studies is within walking distance of the IES Abroad Center. The area around the Center has easy access to public transportation, plus offers many public amenities, like shopping and dining, a movie complex, a game arcade, parks, the beach, and open spaces to relax and hang out. Makuhari is home to the following: Makuhari Messe, one of Japan's premier events and exhibition venues; AEON Makuhari Shintoshin Mall, Chiba's first large-scale lifestyle mall Chiba Lotte Marines Baseball Team; movie theaters; Mihama-en Japanese Garden; and many restaurants and bars.

The IES Abroad Tokyo Center is just 30 minutes from Tokyo Station (Keiyo Line), 35 minutes from the Narita International Airport by bus, and a 20-minute train ride from Tokyo Disneyland.

The IES Abroad Tokyo Summer program is based at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, near Yoyogi Park in downtown Tokyo.

Last updated Nov 2019

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