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Tokyo Semester Dates:  June 9th- 30th / Kyoto Semester Dates: July 4th - 25th 

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Fushimi Inari Shrine
Buddha statue
Japanese temple


Studying Abroad in Japan

Konnichiwa! Get ready to say hello to an unforgettable adventure in the land of the rising sun - Japan! From the towering skyscrapers of Tokyo to the tranquil gardens of Kyoto, this vibrant country offers a fascinating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge technology. Experience the thrill of eating sushi made by expert chefs, catch a glimpse of sumo wrestlers grappling in the ring, or belt out your favorite anime theme song at a karaoke bar. With a culture that prizes hospitality and respect, you'll feel welcomed with open arms and quickly discover that there's never a dull moment in Japan. With so much to explore, studying abroad in Japan will be a journey you'll never forget!


Japan is a compelling location for study abroad for many students in the US due to its rich cultural heritage, innovative technology, and unique way of life. Japan has long been admired for its art, cuisine, and ancient traditions, which continue to thrive in modern-day society. At the same time, the country has emerged as a global leader in technology and innovation, making it an exciting destination for students interested in business, engineering, and other fields. Furthermore, Japan offers a safe and welcoming environment for international students, with a low crime rate and a culture of hospitality. The combination of these factors, along with the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and gain a new perspective on the world, make Japan an appealing choice for those seeking a transformative study abroad experience.


Embark on a transformative academic journey and experience the welcoming atmosphere of Japan, a country that is not only a well-protected gem but also a hub of innovation and technology. Our summer programs in Tokyo and Kyoto offer a unique opportunity to expand your academic and personal horizons while discovering the rich cultural heritage of Japan. Through engaging academic courses, expert-led lectures, and immersive cultural experiences, students will develop valuable leadership skills, refine their research abilities, and deepen their understanding of Japanese pop culture and history. Beyond the classroom, students will have the chance to explore the beautiful cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, each with their own distinct charms and attractions.


Experience the hospitality of the Japanese people and the safety and security of this beautiful country while gaining a new perspective on the world. With a supportive and welcoming atmosphere, our programs offer a transformative growth potential that will last a lifetime. Don't miss the opportunity to discover this fascinating country and broaden your horizons.


Cool Japan: Japan in Modernity  (Tokyo, June)
Leadership Across Cultures: Asia (Tokyo, June)

Students may choose one or two classes to complete the semester. 

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Japanese children wearing kimono

Semester Dates: June 8th, 2023 - June 30, 2023

Enrollment Open To: Undergraduates and Gap Year Students

Credits: 3-6 credits

Term: Summer

Highlights: Explore the vibrant and ever-changing culture of Tokyo with an understanding of the source of it's global reach. This semester approaches modern Japanese culture in its epicenter. 

Scholarships Available: Yes

Cool Japan: Japan in Modernity

This course picks up on Japanese history through the modern era, with the Meiji Restoration, through the turbulent Taisho Times, the pre-and post-war periods and influence of the occupation, and into contemporary Japanese society and culture. Students will understand and experience firsthand contemporary Japanese cultural phenomena, and learn how the Japanese character, as it is understod nationally and internationally, came into being.

This course will include guided excursions to Meiji Jingu, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku Fashion District, the Golden Gai, Akihabara Tehnology District, and more.

Leadership Across Culture: Asia

Modern times present challenges that demand individual creativity and adaptability in the face of challenges, and an understanding of perspectives beyond one's own. The goal of this leadership course is to equip the student with the analytical tools and understanding of global cultural perspectives on 'good' leadership, that will carry forward and enable them to achieve their goals domestically and internationally.

Our instructors are an international team who have operated companies around the world, and will impart a practical and engaging understanding of what it takes to navigate the globalized world, to make effective decisions, and to stand out as a strong, capable leader in different settings. Continuities and differences will be examined in attitudes towards leadership, with an eye towards historical examples. Students will engage in leadership workshops to build their confidence and capabilities, and to engage more thoroughly with their host community. This course is beneficial to students from all backgrounds and will positively influence participation in diverse disciplines. 

This course will include trips to local businesses and community organizations, as well as historic sites pertaining to the development of leadership values such as the Meiji and Hie Shrines, Sengakuji Temple, Yushima Seido and the Imperial Palace.

Japan through the Eras: Arts, Culture and History (Kyoto, July)
Traditional Asian Martial Arts: Development, Culture and Practice (Kyoto, July)

Students may choose between one or two courses to complete the semester.

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Semester Dates: July 4th, 2023 - July 25, 2023

Enrollment Open To: Undergraduates and Gap Year Students

Credits: 3-6 credits

Term: Summer

Highlights: This semester takes place in the largest festival Season of Japan, in Kyoto, the heart of the Gion festival. The backdrop of Kyoto highlights course content due to its particular historic significance.

Scholarships Available: Yes

Japan through the Eras: Arts, Culture and History

Students gain a broad overview of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through a study of each era of Japanese history from ancient Japan to the modern Heisei Era.This course is designed to complement the Cool Japan course of the Tokyo session, but may be taken independently as well. Students will visit sites significant to the Eras studies to gain a more personalized understanding of local history.

Special attention will be paid to the spread of Buddhism and Confucianism, and interaction with local beliefs, the artistic and cultural flourishing of the Heian Era, the development of the shogunate and warrior culture, and the political and social changes of the modern eras. Students will develop an approach to historical analysis and philosophical extension by analyzing texts and artifacts pertinent to the evolution of Japan as a nation and gain a better understanding of the process of influence of historical events on contemporary culture.

Excursions included as a part of this course will likely include: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyumizu-Dera Temple, Ginkakuji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion), Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Heian Jingu, Yasaka Shrine, the Gion Geisha District, Nara, Todaiji, and certain Gion Festival events.

Traditonal Asian Martial Arts: Development, Culture and Practice

An exciting course this takes students through the ancient development of martial forms, values, codes, and culture in Asia, focusing on the exchange between nations and personalization in the host nation, Japan. This course will help students understand influential philosophical and strategic classics of Asian traditional martial arts that have impacted its development globally. They will take a closer and personalized look at several local forms. 

This course will include trips to Kinka-kuji, Ryoan-ji, Shimogame Shrine, To-ji temple, Todaiji in Nara, certain events during the Gion Festival with historical relevance and local dojos and institutions for martial arts preservation and practice in and around Kyoto.

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Preview Your Course Syllabi

Cool Japan: Japan in Modernity

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Leadership Across Culture: Asia

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Japan through the Eras

View from traditional style Japanese house


Traditional Asian Martial Art

Two women practicing Kendo



1 Course (3 weeks, 3 credits in either Tokyo or Kyoto) - $4,595
 2 Courses (3 weeks, 6 credits in Tokyo or Kyoto) - $4,895
2 Courses (6 weeks, 6 credits in Tokyo and Kyoto)- $8,795
3 Courses (6 weeks, 9 credits in Tokyo & Kyoto)- $8,995
4 Courses (6 weeks in Tokyo & Kyoto)- $9,195


Course Fees, Credit Fees

Shared Housing in Hotel Accommodation

Excursion fees and Entrance Fees

Transportation for included excursions

Welcome and Farewell Dinners

Round the Clock On-Site Support

  • Single Housing Supplement as RequestedStudents will need to secure travel insurance. Edu-Odyssey will offer an insurance option. 

*Programs are subject to change as deemed fit due to inclement weather, availability and varying circumstances as Edu-Odyssey adapts to provide the best experience for students.

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