We offer three different Summer Programs for studying in Japan:

  • Summer Semester
  • Summer Short Term
  • Japanese Pop Culture

These Summer programs, including some new additions, offer opportunities for proficiency in Japanese in an intense summer season. Each program provides time to broaden your experience in Japan’s culture with excursions to cultural spots, museums, palaces, theaters, and businesses. Summer study is a great way to jump-start your Japanese skills and context.

Summer is the height of festival season–and the Japanese love their festivals.  It’s an exciting time to be in Japan.
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Summer Semester in Tokyo: something to remember

The summer semester program is a total immersion intensive Japanese language course of the same duration as a semester, yet it’s just short enough to fit into the summer of an academic year. The language course is offered at 6 levels with special emphasis placed on  balanced language education that stresses the 4 most important communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.




Summer short-term in Tokyo: jump-start your Japanese.

Drench yourself in Japan for 8 exciting weeks of nonstop immersion.  Take class in the direct method—entirely in Japanese.  Outside of class, you can speak Japanese in your everyday interactions, good times, and jaunts to more of Japan.  Dormitory or homestay lodging is available. Both students and recent college graduates enthusiastically favor summer short-term because it is

(1)  synched with your university academic schedule
(2)  at the height of festival season
(3)  an amazing deal: very reasonable cost.




The KCP summer short-term program gets results: you’ll come back with the equivalent of a year’s Japanese language (over 160 hours) under your belt, for academic credit.  So, gear up for the intensity by learning your basic kana.  Each day, expect 4 hours of class time and 2 to 4 study hours.  That still leaves lots of time for strolling around the city—or taking the mighty train system—on your own sprees and trips led by KCP staff.

Plenty of language help is available, in English if needed. KCP teachers, highly praised for their skill and dedication, sincerely care about your success. The balanced curriculum includes language instruction, exciting excursions, and cultural activities, all at a lower cost.

Some regional trips are part of the summer short-term program; once you learn the ropes, take a few trip-lets of your own. The equally praised support staff can help you meet your extracurricular goals, whether to see a sumo match, visit Enoshima Island, find a doctor, or take a few lessons in traditional music.


Japanese Pop Culture: four weeks of hands on experiences

Spend an exquisite month in Tokyo and learn the Japanese language while you study Japanese society through the lens of Japanese Pop Culture. Japanese young people have grown up with anime and manga deeply integrated into their lives and, now, business dealings.



The first two weeks focus intensively on the Japanese language, through both linguistic activities in class and guided usage both within class and in the real world. The Japanese tea ceremony, calligraphy, and a day trip outside Tokyo are part of the curriculum.  For most effective learning, students are tested at the beginning (to be placed in the correct level) and at the end (to measure achievement and provide a goal) of the language study.

The second two weeks, now with a good base in Japanese, focuses on Japanese society and the social roles of animation and manga in Japan. The program is heavy in site visits: planned trips include Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures, Akihabara (a shopping area for electronic and animation devices), Odaiba (a collection of life-sized Gundam), Ghibli Museum, and a couple of anime/manga-related retail stores. Also included is a practical lesson in drawing anime and manga at a local technical college.




THIS JUST IN—Also scheduled for this summer is a studio tour of Toei Animation Studios, one of the oldest and largest animation studios in Japan, known for popular animated stories including One Piece, Saint Seiya, Dragon Ball, and Hanayori Dango.

At the end of the program, students give a presentation on a sub-topic of interest to them.

Please check out KCP’s photo galleries of other students’ past experiences in this program:



The teachers are extremely organized, knowledgeable, and dedicated people who are always available for questions. I appreciated knowing that my learning was truly important to the teachers.

—Brandi Potts

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