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Language of instruction: English, Japanese Housing options: Homestay
Areas of study: Anthropology, Art History, Culture, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film, History, Humanities, International Relations, Japanese, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Minority Studies, Performing and Visual Arts, Photography, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology, Urban Studies Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Language GPA: 9.0 Program type: Stand alone
Language level: Japanese 1b or the equivalent GPA: 9.0
Program Description:
kyotoKyoto offers ample opportunities to experience both classical and contemporary Japanese civilization. Japan's capital from 794 to 1868, Kyoto's rich textures of ancient and modern embody Japanese culture and spirit.

The Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) is co-sponsored by several major American colleges and universities: Amherst, Bates, Bucknell, Carleton, Colby, Connecticut, Mount Holyoke, Oberlin, Pomona, Smith, Wesleyan, Whitman, and Williams. The program accepts approximately 20-30 students from the member institutions each year and utilizes facilities at Doshisha University. 


Academic Program
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 12 weeks each. Each semester all students take intensive Japanese language, which is taught at a number of different levels by Japanese instructors (2.0 Pomona course credits). In addition, each semester students select two classes from at least four available electives (1.0 Pomona course credit each).

The elective courses are taught in English by visiting American faculty members from AKP member institutions and scholars who reside in Kyoto. Specific courses vary from year to year in accordance with the availability of staff, but the choices usually include art history, economics, literature, history, politics, and religion.  In addition, students may be able to take English-taught electives with the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS). Students may make individual arrangements to take non-credit classes in Japanese traditional arts and crafts at their own expense. Participants are also encouraged to join undergraduate activities at Doshisha University. 

There is no P/NC option on this program.


Living Arrangements
Students live and take their meals in local homes.

Number of Students
Approximately 2-4. Pomona students are part of a national applicant pool. Total group is approximately 20-30.

Host Institutions
Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) 
Doshisha University


Faculty Liaison
Peter Flueckiger

Eligibility
 
  • Junior standing.
  • Completion of elementary Japanese (Japanese 1b), or the equivalent.
  • Completion of one non-language course on Japan, preferably in pre-modern Japanese history.
  • 9.0 GPA in Japanese courses and a 9.0 GPA overall are required.
  • Spring semester applicants must be enrolled in a Japanese class at the third semester level (51a) or higher in the fall term prior to program participation. 
Pomona recommends History 60 for the required course on Japan. Other suggested courses to fulfill this requirement are History 167 or 168, Japanese Literature in Translation (JPNT) 171, or any other JPNT course.
 


Notes on Application Process: The Associated Kyoto Program has an early application deadline; the AKP application for the fall and academic year is due in early January. Applications for the spring semester are due in September. The application process also includes a one-hour interview with an AKP representative. Students must submit a copy of a valid passport at the time of application.

Please note: Students are responsible for paying the $500 program deposit to AKP directly and will be refunded directly, in yen, at the start of the program.


Internet Link
www.associatedkyotoprogram.org

Student Experiences

Click here
to read Karen Huddleston's (PO'16) reflections on her semester in Kyoto.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/10/2018 10/12/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 02/15/2019 03/08/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/15/2019 03/08/2019 TBA TBA