The Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) is sponsored by a consortium of 16 liberal arts colleges including Whitman College. Located on the campus of Doshisha University in downtown Kyoto, AKP offers a rigorous program of intensive Japanese language courses and Japanese area studies courses taught in English by faculty from the member colleges and local scholars. In addition to cultural activities and field trips associated with specific courses, the program offers one overnight trip each semester to places like Hiroshima, Miyajima and Ise. Kyoto is a bustling city of 1.5 million and is renowned for its historic gardens and temples.

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Akira Takemoto, Foreign Langagues & Literatures

Fields of study:

Intensive Japanese language courses and elective courses in areas such as literature, history, economics, religion, and politics


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum Japanese language GPA of 3.0. (Higher language GPA may be required for single semester applicants.)

Language Prerequisite:

Minimum of one year of college-level Japanese language (minimum language GPA of 3.0 - higher language GPA may be required for single semester applicants.), one area studies course on Japan and two years’ full-time college credit

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year (effective 2014-15)


Early September - late December; early January - late April


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Intensive Japanese language (8 credits)
Two elective courses (4 credits each)


Homestay with a Japanese Family


Students take their breakfast and dinner with their host family and are provided with a stipend for lunches.


Students may apply for approved internships


December of the student's sophomore year for participation as a junior.

Program Link:

Associated Kyoto Program (AKP)