Location: Kyoto, Japan
Program options: semester or academic year
Language of instruction: Japanese and English


Tufts in Japan has recently begun an affiliation with the prestigious Kyoto Consortium of Japanese Studies (KCJS), offering students the opportunity to study for a full academic year or semester in Kyoto, once the capital city of Japan. Established in 1989, KCJS is one of the leading Japanese studies programs, a consortium of thirteen premier US-based institutions with a focus on advanced language and cultural studies. The program is jointly administered between Columbia University's Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement and a staff of full-time faculty and administrators based in Kyoto. The program's center and classrooms are centrally located on the Doshisha University campus, but program students are also connected to Kyoto University through language-partner programs, student clubs, and cultural outings and activities.

While it no longer serves as the political or governmental capital, Kyoto remains the "cultural capital" of Japan. Like Boston, Kyoto is a seat of higher education and offers a diverse urban setting, rich in history, innovation, and cultural heritage sites. Throughout the city, you will find a unique blend of the historic and the modern, with monuments, shrines, and temples nestled in amongst bustling and contemporary shopping and dining districts. The city has a warm and welcoming feel, making it an ideal location to get to know Japan and its culture. 

Program Staff

KCJS has a number of on-site staff who not only provide program participants with academic advising and student affairs support, but also arrange excursions, internships, service learning, and local activities.


The Tufts-in-Japan program is open to undergraduate students who meet the general eligibility requirements and who have completed Japanese 2 (or the equivalent) by the time of departure for the fall or full-year option, or Japanese 3 (or the equivalent) by the time of departure for the spring-semester option. Tufts in Japan is open to students from all concentrations, but course options are limited to primarily Japanese language, history, and culture.


$39,605 for the semester, $79,210 for the academic year includes:

  • Orientation program.
  • Full room and board.
  • Full tuition and fees at KCJS.
  • Extracurricular activities.
  • Cultural events and excursions.
  • Please note that airfare and certain other travel costs (visas, etc.) are *not* included- student is responsible for these charges.