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Kyoto was founded in the eighth century, and served as the imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years until it ceded that position to Tokyo. It remains one of the country's premier centers of traditional culture, art, and craftsmanship and plays a central role in the religious life of Japan. Home to approximately 3,000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, it serves as the headquarters of both ancient and new religions. Largely spared in World War II, Kyoto retains an architectural heritage found in few places in Japan.

The Stanford Program in Kyoto was founded in collaboration with the School of Engineering, and has since provided students of engineering the opportunity to fit language immersion and practical classroom experience into their busy schedules. The program also welcomes students in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

As of July 2006, the program is hosted on the Doshisha University campus, located at the heart of Kyoto. Founded in 1875, Doshisha is one of Japan’s leading private universities with over 25,000 students and a diversity of programs.

Doshisha is in a lovely location across the street from the Imperial Palace (to the south) and Sokokuji Temple (to the north) and on major transportation links. It is a great opportunity to be at the center of a major private university with all its amenities, as well as the liveliness of students all around. Our program is on the second floor of a central building that also houses a student cafeteria, a co-op, and student lounges.

Program Location Quarter(s)
Prerequisites Language of Instruction Internship Type Living Arrangements Enrollment Capacity
Kyoto Winter


**(for summer internships please check the section below)

English Full-time Summer Internships, financial stipend included to help cover living expenses Homestay 35
Kyoto Spring


**(for summer internships please check the section below)

English Full-time Summer Internships, financial stipend included to help cover living expenses Homestay 35


The Kyoto Program is designed for students with intellectual interests in the production, management and politics of advanced economic and technological systems and in exploring aspects of contemporary Japanese society and its cultural underpinnings. For students with technical specialties, the program helps them understand the professional value of developing linguistic proficiency and cultural competencies that facilitate interaction in the Japanese culture while simultaneously complementing their technical abilities.

Students in the social sciences and humanities benefit from the multiple levels of Japanese language offerings, coursework on aspects of Japanese culture and contemporary society, economics and politics, and, like science and technology majors, access to summer internships. The Kyoto Program permits students having limited prior knowledge of Japan the opportunity to explore how a deeper appreciation of Japanese culture can create new dimensions in their academic and professional development.

Academic Prerequisites

For Winter Quarter students will need to complete JAPANLNG 1 before they participate in the program; Spring Quarter students will need to complete JAPANLNG 2 before they participate in the program.


**Summer Internship Prerequisites

For students wanting to partcipate in a technical internship they will need to complete JAPANLNG 3 OR 3K before the summer in order to participate in the internship; for students wanting to participate in a non-technical internship they will need to complete JAPANLNG 23 OR 23K before the summer in order to participate in the program.

Related On-Campus Courses:
ANTHSCI 24 Cultural History of Japan
ARTHIST 184 Aristocrats, Warriors, Sex Workers, and Barbarians: Lived Life in Early Modern Japanese Painting
ARTHIST 186 Theme and Style in Japanese Art
ARTHIST 187 Arts of War and Peace: Late Medieval and early Modern Japan, 1500-1868
ARTHIST 287A The Japanese Tea Ceremony: The History, Aesthetics, and Politics Behind a National Pastime
CASA 128 The History of Japan
CASA 128B Globalization and Japan
CASA 77 Japanese Society and Culture
HISTORY 194B Japan in the Age of the Samurai
HISTORY 195C Modern Japanese History
HISTORY 297E Meiji Japan
HISTORY 298A Modernizing Women in Japan
HISTORY 92S Lives of the Samurai
IPS 225 Japanese Politics and Political Economy
JAPANGEN 115 History of Japanese popular culture
JAPANGEN 137 Classical Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPANGEN 138 Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPANGEN 148 Modern Japanese narratives: Literature and Film
JAPANGEN 149 Screening Japan: Issues in Crosscultural Interpretation
JAPANGEN 51 Japanese Business Culture
JAPANGEN 66 Modern Japanese Women Writers
JAPANGEN 6 Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory
JAPANGEN 71N Language and Gender in Japan: Myths and Reality
JAPANGEN 92 Traditional East Asian Civilization: Japan
JAPANLIT 143 Reinscribing Loss: On Japanese Modernity and the Literature of Unclaimed Experience
JAPANLIT 157 Points in Japanese Grammar
JAPANLIT 170 The Tale of Genji and Its Historical Reception
JAPANLIT 177 Structure of Japanese
POLISCI 112 Japanese Foreign Policy
POLISCI 148T Political Parties and Elections in Japan
POLISCI 345R Political Economy of Japan
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