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Why Tokyo?

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 such as tea ceremonies, calligraphy, music, dance, and martial arts.

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.

Daily Life

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.

Field Trips & Events

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.

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.

Daily Life

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 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:

  • Harajuku
  • Yoyogi Park
  • Ryogoku
  • Edo Tokyo Museum 
  • Tsukiji
  • Odaiba
  • Asakusa


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.

Program Cost

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.

Term: Summer 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2018 $5,435 $1,555 $135 $7,125

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$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.

Our Center

TheFall and SpringTokyo 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.

Features of the IES Abroad Tokyo Center include:

  • High-speed Internet and printer access
  • Library and reading resources
  • Student lounge
  • Staff offices
  • Small classroom with projector and screen

Kanda University of International Studies is within walking distance of the IES Abroad Center. The area around the Center has easy access to public transportation, plus offers many public amenities, like shopping and dining, a movie complex, a game arcade, parks, the beach, and open spaces to relax and hang out. Makuhari is home to the following: Makuhari Messe, one of Japan's premiere events and exhibition venues; AEON Makuhari Shintoshin Mall, Chiba's first large-scale lifestyle mall Chiba Lotte Marines Baseball Team; movie theaters; Mihama-en Japanese Garden; and many restaurants and bars.

The IES Abroad Tokyo Center is just 30 minutes from Tokyo Station (Keiyo Line), 35 minutes from the Narita International Airport by bus, and a 20 minute train ride from Tokyo Disneyland.

The IES Abroad Tokyo Summer program is based at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, near Yoyogi Park in downtown Tokyo. Please see the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center's website for more information about their facilities.

Our Staff

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Staff

Daiji Shin
Associate Director

Mariko Ishikawa
Field Placement Program Coordinator, Homestay Coordinator, and Customized Programs Coordinator 

Hyung-Hye Lee
Student Affairs Coordinator

Natsuko Takahashi
Center Administrative Assistant