Education Abroad - Japanese

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Experiencing Japanese College Life - Kyoto and Beyond

Experience college life in Japan through language and culture lessons, while learning how to do traditional flower arrangements, calligraphy and tea ceremonies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Live with a Japanese host family while exploring various historical and cultural sites.

Students will mostly be in Kyoto

Highlights include:

  • Homestays: Students will spend a week with a host family in Kyoto. All students and host families will gather and have a celebration dinner.
  • Excursions: There will be a day-long field trips to Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto city to explore both historical sites and cultural attractions.
  • Language and culture classes: Students will have daily language classes in addition to lessons on culture taught by guest faculties in Kyoto.
  • Three day trip to Wakayama: Experience a hot spring that overlooks the ocean and enjoy fireworks on the beach

Students will have shared accommodation in hotels or domitories; part of the program will be with local host families.

To apply, verify the minimal course requirements, then click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.


Education Abroad will enroll committed students in the following course for three (3) credits from the University of Maryland:

  • JAPN 499T: Experiencing Japanese Life: Language and Culture in Kyoto and Beyond
Students will be expected to participate in pre-departure meetings as well as readings in advance of the course.


The Requirements
Applicants must be in good academic standing. Please refer to the Fact Sheet area at the top of this page for information on other basic eligibility requirements for this program. This program will benefit students who have completed Japanese 101 at the University of Maryland and who want to strengthen their language studies both in and outside of class.

Program Directors: Makiko Inoue received her Master's Degree in East Asian Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Japanese pedagogy. Previous to her appointment at UMD, she taught at Bucknell University and Ohio State University. During her eleven years of teaching experience, she has enjoyed empowering students to engage in a meaningful way in Japanese society through teaching language at all levels, as well as teaching innovative content courses.