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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UTSA applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

World Peace Through Languages…

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (KUFS) was founded in 1947, after World War II as the Kyoto School of Foreign Languages. There was a great demand for an international understanding, which would lead to world peace. One of the urgent requirements to accomplish this goal was to develop young Japanese men and women who could not only master foreign languages, but understand cultures, economies and societies of the world. The university’s motto is World Peace Through Languages.

Classes and Cultural Activities

  • Basic Japanese intensive classes: speaking, writing, culture and history
  • Experience of Japanese traditional culture (tea ceremony, calligraphy and  etc.)
  • Excursion in and around Kyoto (one or half a day)
  • Experience Gion Festival, one of the three biggest festivals in Japan

Kyoto is a big city surrounded by mountains, the main ones being Higashiyama, Kitayama, and Nishiyama. Kyoto was established in 794 as the capital and over the next 1,000 years developed into a historical and cultural city. Kyoto has more than 2,000 temples and gardens. 

Kyoto has managed to preserve its history and culture and has become known as the cultural capital of Japan, both at home and abroad.  Kyoto has not limited itself to the old, it continues to make efforts in developing new art, culture and traditions.  Tradition and modernism meet old and new and the “artistic” atmosphere of Kyoto is in sharp contrast to their cities in Japan.  

Nearly 10 percent of Kyoto City’s population are college and university students.

Aims of the Program

The aims of the program are to tighten the relationship between the partner universities, and to deepen mutual understanding by getting to know Japanese traditional culture, history and modern society as well as by improving linguistic competence.


Summer 2018 dates: tentatively June 30 to July 22

Tuition and Fees:

(A) Register and pay three credit hours tuition to UTSA
(B) You are responsible for your roundtrip airfare (U.S. to Osaka Airport)
(C) Program fee (amount TBA), which covers the following:
  • Lodging and homestay
  • Cultural activities and field trips
  • City bus pass
  • Shuttle bus fare from Osaka Airport to the appointed hotel (You must pay for your return to the airport.) 

Things NOT Included in the Program Fee
  • Flight tickets
  • Meals and snacks
  • Spending money
  • Excursions of students' choice other than the ones planned by the program
  • Travel expenses back to the airport

Minimum Requirements to Apply

  • Selected students must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Scholarships may be available for qualified applicants

Contact Mimi Yu ( or visit MB 1.209) if you have any questions.

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