As one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, Tokyo and its environs will challenge you to look at the world differently. Mastering public transportation, trying exotic foods, encountering the maximum urban environment that surrounds carefully nurtured gardens and parks, experiencing a lifestyle that combines fast-paced modernity with age-old traditions – all of these will expand your view of the world and offer insights into your own reality.
This program is excellent for serious students at all levels who seek to study Japanese language in an intensive 6-credit course. Courserelated excursions in and around Tokyo complement what you are learning in the classroom, and help you gain knowledge of Japanese culture and society.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Enroll in one rigorous 6-credit Japanese language course, Japanese in Context. Courses are offered based on student need and usually include five language levels. Wherever possible, our qualified and experienced instructors integrate course-related excursions and project-based performance activities with regular coursework. Visit our website for the latest information on language course syllabi.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
IES Abroad organizes various field trips for its students which are either fully subsidized by IES Abroad, partially subsidized by IES Abroad, and unsubsidized. IES Abroad staff members lead the trips, which often take students out of the Tokyo area into another city or the countryside. Possible field trips include Nikko, a traditional village near Narita Airport, or a weekend homestay in Mobara.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in academic-related field study trips. All students are required to participate in three or more of the field study trips offered. Possible locations include:
Field Study 1: Ryogoku: Edo Tokyo Museumhttp://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/english/
Field Study 2: Ghibli Museum (Mitaka, Tokyo)http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/welcome/
Field Study 3: Kamakura: Great Budda and Hachiman Shrinehttp://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/kanagawa/centralkamakura.html
Field Study 4: Kabuki (Nagatacho, Tokyo)http://www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/unesco/kabuki/en/
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.
You live at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center, located in the heart of Tokyo, a prime location from which to explore the massive city. The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center is a residence hall-style accommodation that provides individual rooms. Breakfast is included. The facility includes a cafeteria, a coffee shop, some restaurants, and a convenience store.
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.
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Upon arrival, participate in a 3-day orientation that introduces you to Japanese culture, the IES Abroad program, and the city of Tokyo. Spend a portion of orientation in nearby Narita before heading to Tokyo.
Participate in optional cultural outings to such sites as:
Students have also enjoyed some of the following cultural events/sites: Imperial Palace, Ghibli Museum, Kabuki theatre, Yoyogi Park, Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, the Toyota Megaweb, and the Ueno Zoo.
About the 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. The Center space is a 20-minute train ride from Tokyo Disneyland, a 30-minute train ride from Tokyo Station on the Keiyo Line, and is convenient to Narita airport. We are conveniently within walking distance of public transportation, Kanda University of International Studies, and many public amenities, which include extensive shopping and dining facilities, a movie complex, a game arcade, parks, and open spaces to relax and hang out. While we have easy access to Tokyo, it is also easy to enjoy the beaches, history, and natural attractions of Chiba Prefecture (including hot springs!).
Makuhari is home to:
Features of the IES Abroad Tokyo Center include:
The IES Abroad Tokyo Summer program is based at the National Olympic Youth Center, near Yoyogi Park in downtown Tokyo. For more information on this facility, please see http://nyc.niye.go.jp/e/index.html.
Caleb Foale has been Center Director since 2015 and his personal and professional experiences span the globe. Born in Britain, he grew up in the UK and New Zealand, graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand with a degree in Politics, and carried out research and postgraduate study in Japan and Australia. While in Australia, he earned two Master’s degrees—an M.A. in Strategic and Defense Studies from the Australian National University and an M.Ed. in TESOL from Queensland University of Technology. He also spent a significant amount of time living and working in Brazil, before his return to Japan in 2000. Currently, he is finishing his M.B.A. with the University of Leicester. His extensive experience in the field of tertiary education in both teaching and managerial roles has been an incredible asset to our Tokyo Center.
IES Abroad Staff
Daiji ShinAssociate Director
Mariko IshikawaField Placement Program Coordinator, Homestay Coordinator, and Customized Programs Coordinator
Hyung-Hye LeeStudent Affairs Coordinator
Natsuko TakahashiCenter Administrative Assistant