Whitman College and the Associated Kyoto Program


Sam Zimmerman, Carli Ing, and Enkhjin Batjargal look at photos of '09 seniors when they arrived on campus as first year students in 2005. Sam and Carli will spent the 09-10 academic year at the Associated Kyoto Program Center located on the campus of Doshisha University in Kyoto while Enkhjin will spend time studied in England.

Whitman College, in cooperation with Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Bucknell, Carleton, Colby, Connecticut, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Oberlinl, Pomona, Smith, Wellesley, Wesleyan, and Williams, sponsors the Associated Kyoto Program which sends 35- 40 students to the AKP Center located on the Doshisha University campus in Japan for a full academic year. Established in 1972, the AKP is a rigorous two-semester program that includes intensive Japanese language classes that are intimately connected with a strong homestay experience and a wide range of elective courses taught in English by some of the finest teachers in the AKP Consortium and by experienced Kyoto based scholars. The program makes every effort to include courses in art history, economics, history, literature, political science, and religion every year. With offices and classrooms on the Doshisha University campus in Kyoto, the program also provides an opportunity for each student to live with a Japanese family and to share their lives and daily experiences. Field trips related to courses of study are an important part of the program.

In July 2010, the administrative office for the AKP moved to Whitman College and Professor Takemoto will assumed the position as Chair of the AKP Board of Directors and President of AKP, Inc. Seanacey Pierce (Whitman 2007) joined him in the new AKP Administrative Office in Olin East and will serve as AKP's Program Administrator.

Prerequisites for this program include one year of Japanese language study and at least one area course, preferably pre-modern Japanese history. A listing of acceptable prerequisite courses, information on the program, and applications may be obtained from Professor Takemoto, from Seanacey Pierce in the AKP Office (Olin East 113), or from the Whitman College Study Abroad Office. The application deadline for this program is on January 14, so complete most of your application before winter break. See the AKP website for more information. All applicants, however, should contact the Whitman Study Abroad Office and complete a Foreign Study Leave Application first. Before you can apply to the AKP, you must receive approval for study abroad from the Whitman College International Studies Planning Committee.

Adviser: Akira R. Takemoto, Chair, AKP Board of Directors

More information on Whitman College and the Associated Kyoto Program:
The AKP Homepage | Whitman Students in Japan