Tokyo will challenge you to experience the world in new ways, and immerse yourself in a culture that combines fast-paced modernity with age-old traditions.
What You'll Study
This program is excellent for serious students at all levels who seek to study Japanese language in an intensive 6-credit course. Course-related trips in and around Tokyo complement what you learn in the classroom, and help you gain knowledge of Japanese culture and society.
You live in the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, located in the heart of Tokyo, a prime location from which to explore the massive city. While you live in a residence hall building with other IES Abroad students, you will have the chance to practice your Japanese language skills and experience Japanese family life and culture during an optional weekend at a homestay in a rural town. IES Abroad organizes an overnight field trip for all students to Nikko and Lake Kawaguchi.
$5 Million in Financial Aid
We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.
Enroll in one rigorous 6-credit Japanese language course, Japanese in Context. Courses are offered based on student placement results once on-site and usually include five to six language levels. Students who place into the 300-level or above may also take a 1-credit Japanese language elective, Learning Japanese Through Manga & Anime.
Wherever possible, our experienced instructors integrate course-related trips and projectbased performance activities with regular coursework. Visit our website for the latest information on language course syllabi.
This is a list of potential course offerings. The final courses and the student level placement will be decided after completion of a language placement test administered during orientation. To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
Homestay 3 Days Travel to a rural town to experience life with a Japanese family. During this short homestay experience, you participate in cultural activities and get to know people in a small Japanese town.
Nikko 2 Days Visit Toshogu Grand Shrine, which enshrines the first Tokugawa shogun, Ieyasu, and enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of picturesque Nikko National Park.
Lake Kawaguchi 2 Days Visit the Lake Kawaguchi area, located in Yamanashi Prefecture with a close view of the famous Mt. Fuji. You will have the opportunity to visit the Narusawa Ice Cave, which was formed over 1150 years ago from erupted lava. Other activities will be organized as part of the field trip.
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.
Upon arrival, participate in a three-day orientation that introduces you to Japanese culture, the IES Abroad program, and the city of Tokyo. Spend a portion of orientation in nearby Makuhari before heading to Tokyo.
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.
The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center is a residence hall-style accommodation that provides small individual rooms. The facility includes a cafeteria, a coffee shop, some restaurants, and a convenience store.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Participate in optional cultural outings to such sites as:
Edo Tokyo Museum
Get to Know Your New City
Enjoy Art & Culture in the Roppongi District
Known as a shopping destination with excellent restaurants, Roppongi also has a thriving and lively art scene. When you visit, be sure to check out the Mori Art Museum and Observatory, as well as Tokyo Mid-Town.
Hike Mount Takao
Need a break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo? Take a day trip to Mount Takao, where the views are breathtaking.
Experience the Harajuku District
Make your way to this trendy fashion and shopping district (a must!), but be sure to see the popular Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yoyogi Park.
Learn About Tokyo at Edo Tokyo Museum
Observe the history of Japan’s great capital city from the Edo period to modern times inside this beautifully-contemporary building.
Spend a Day on Odaiba
Take a walk across Tokyo Bay on the striking Rainbow Bridge (where you’ll take in fabulous views of the Tokyo skyline) to explore this island filled with museums, theme parks, shopping malls, and more.
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.