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Study Abroad in Kyoto, Japan – Minimester II

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The Country: Japan

Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa’s subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing). Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture.

The City: Kyoto

With a population of nearly 1.5 million, Kyoto is the former capital of Japan. Along with many famous shrines, temples, and traditional wooden houses, Kyoto offers a wealth of recreational activities and a wide range of cultural attractions. Natives of the city take pride in their customs and traditions, which come alive especially on their many holidays and festivals.


You will be enrolled in six (6) credit hours of lower or upper division courses and will do a series of assignments, both orally and in writing, for your Georgia Southern professor. Additionally, as part of your immersion experience, each morning, Monday-Friday, in small groups, you will spend four hours practicing your language skills with native speakers who are trained in teaching their language to foreigners.

Partner Language School

Kyoto International Academy in Kyoto, Japan. The Kyoto International Academy was established in 1987 and is located in the northern part of Kyoto, a quiet residential area where many students live. The school was given a Class A superior rating for its traditional and academic achievements by the Osaka Immigration Bureau.

Excursions and Cultural Activities

Visit many famous places in Kyoto and nearby regions including Hiroshima.

Program Cost and Eligibility

Program Cost: $4,045


  • 4 weeks of intensive language training
  • Housing with families
  • Textbooks
  • Two meals a day (on weekdays)
  • Excursion to Hiroshima
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • International health insurance (required by Georgia Southern)

Does Not Include:

  • Georgia Southern Tuition and Fees ($1,094.16)
  • Air fare (approx. $2,500)
  • Weekday lunches (approx. $400)
  • Meals on weekends and holiday (approx. $540)
  • Incidental expenses (public transportation, etc.)
  • Souvenirs

Payment Schedule

  • Application and Deposit: $500 Non-Refundable Fee due by February 15, 2023. (This amount will apply to the Program Costs. If application is accepted, deposit is non-refundable; if application is rejected, deposit will be refunded to student.)
  • 1st Installment: $1,772.50 Due March 1, 2023
  • 2nd Installment: $1,732.50 Due March 22, 2023
  • Insurance Payment (Required): $40.30 Due March 22, 2023

Refund Policy

The $500 application fee is non-refundable. 80% of the remaining funds are refundable up to 40 days before the program start date, since program services are contracted in advance and must be paid whether or not the student is able to continue with the program.

Academic Eligibility

  • 2.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Commitment to speak Japanese during the program

Financial Aid

Many forms of financial aid can be applied to the study abroad program costs; please note that the Hope scholarship applies to your Georgia Southern summer tuition, although it cannot be used to pay the program costs themselves. Georgia Southern students who intend to pay all or part of the study abroad program cost with financial aid should meet with their academic and financial aid advisor asap and should apply for summer financial aid no later than March 1, 2023. Students from other University System of Georgia schools should contact their academic advisor and financial aid office at their home institution for instructions.

Travel Documents

All participants need a valid passport to enter Japan. Please secure the passport as soon as possible. Medical and liability documents will be provided by the Study Abroad Office for each participant to complete prior to departure. International health insurance is included in the programs fees and is required by Georgia Southern.

Transient Students

Students from other accredited universities are invited to enroll in our Study Abroad programs. In order to receive credit at their home institutions, however, they must enroll as transient students at Georgia Southern for the summer.

Apply here for acceptance to Georgia Southern for summer study as Transient Student.

Have Any Questions? Please Contact Us!

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Dr. Noriko Mori-Kolbe
Senior Lecturer of Japanese
Interdisciplinary Academic Building #2061
Phone: 912-478-0241

Last updated: 4/19/2022