The cosmopolitan city of Tokyo is the location of Binghamton University's international exchange program in Japan where students can study Japanese language intensively and select from a menu of courses about Japanese culture taught in English. Kokugakuin University, noted for excellence in the humanities, is host to the program; students live near campus in off-campus private dormitories arranged by the university and participate fully in campus life. The program is open to students in any major with previous Japanese language experience and because it is an exchange program, is an affordable option for study in Japan.
With the largest metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo, ancient traditions are alive in this modern metropolis. It is the center of government, home to the Japanese imperial family, a world center of business and finance, and the heart of Japan's' contemporary culture. Students will enjoy exploring this city with its ancient shrines and temples, modern skyscrapers, green spaces, museums, and wide array of performance venues and shopping districts. Tokyo is also an educational center for Japan, the home of many of the country's best universities. An excellent public transportation system makes exploring this city easy. From Tokyo, travel to other parts of Japan and East Asia can be readily arranged.
Fall semester takes place from September to February, with permission given for students to return to the United States in time for spring semester. Full academic year participation is strongly encouraged.
*This program is appropriate for advanced beginners and intermediate Japanese language students. *
With a 130 year history, Kokugakuin University is one of Japan's best known private universities. The University enrolls approximately 10,500 students. The modern, newly renovated campus is located just 15 minutes' walk form Tokyo's Shibuya Station, center of today's Japanese youth culture.
Kokugakuin offers a special program for exchange students named K-STEP (Kokugakuin Short-Term Exchange Program). The objective of this program is for students to develop Japanese language skills while also receiving an enhanced introduction to Japanese culture in a university setting.
All students will take the intensive Japanese Language course. This course is appropriate for advanced beginners and intermediate Japanese language students. Students will also select courses on Japanese culture. Some of these are taught in Japanese (J courses) at a level language learners can follow; others are taught in English (E courses) and include Japanese students in the classroom.
Please see the K-STEP information on class available for the 2017-2018 program: K-Step_Leaflet_2017-2018.pdf
The Binghamton faculty advisors for this program are in the Department of Asian and Asian American studies. They are Professor Rumiko Sode (LSG 671, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Professor Roberta Stippoli ( email@example.com)
To see a list of courses students have previously taken at Kokugakuin University and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Study Abroad Course Equivalencies page.
Kokugakuin University arranges for a room in an off-campus private dormitory in a quiet and safe residential neighborhood. The dormitory provides a meal plan service. Exchange students receive a scholarship to cover the cost of the room and the meal plan. The student is responsible for paying for utilities. The residence hall houses regular Kokugakuin students as well and is a short commute to campus.
The K-STEP program provides field trip to cultural and educational sites for "hands on" experiences of Japan.
Estimates to be added soon
Please be mindful that these are only our best estimates, and some costs may vary. $0 cost is shown for dormitory accommodation and meals because Kokugakuin offers a very generous scholarship to students which covers the rent and also meals worth JPY 60,000-70,000 per month as well as an additional JPY 20,000 for students who are willing to volunteer to help the International Exchange Programs Office at Kokugakuin talk to students about studying in the U.S. and other topics. And additional JASSO scholarship worth JPY 80,000 per month may also be available but is not guaranteed and the number of these additional scholarships that may be available is unclear, so do not plan to depend on it.
Keep in mind that Tokyo is an expensive city to live in, so you will need to be prepared for that, but with this scholarship the university greatly helps you to keep your costs down at an amount quite comparable to what you would spend to take a semester at Binghamton.
*Cost comparison: The average cost for a full time student on campus at Binghamton University for one semester is $12,467 for an in-state student and $18,287 for an out-of-state student.
Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study. Other SUNY and non-SUNY students should contact the financial aid office on the home campus for information about eligibility for all aid programs.
The Evelio Figueroa Memorial Scholarship supports students with financial need studying for the fall semester or academic year; the Rosefsky Scholarship supports students with financial need studying in the fall, spring or academic year. The Asia Scholarship, available through the Asian Asian-American Studies Department supports Binghamton students studying in Asia for 6 weeks or longer. Other national scholarships may be available as well. Please visit the Office of International Programs or go to our scholarships page for more information.
The application for this exchange program requires basic applicant information, a brief essay, your official transcript, faculty references, and some additional supplementary forms required by Kokugakuin University. You must also provide 3 passport photos with your application to OIEGI (these are photo prints that you get at CVS or Walmart for example, not photo copies of the photo in your actual passport). Many parts of the application are completed online but the photos and some of the Kokugakuin forms in hard copy must be turned in to the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives in OH 240. Start your application early to make sure you have time to prepare all of these items. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the application.
**Because there is limited space available on this exchange program we do recommend that applicants apply to 1-2 other programs as backup options**