Associated Kyoto Program (Consortium Program)

The Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) is a two-semester study-abroad program at Doshisha University in Kyoto, sponsored by a consortium of American colleges and universities. The 40 to 50 students accepted for the program each year study the Japanese language intensively and take courses in English on Japan, mainly in the humanities and social sciences. The sponsoring institutions are: Amherst College, Bates College, Bucknell University, Carleton College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, Oberlin College, Pomona College, Smith College, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, Williams College, and Whitman College. Three to five students from other colleges and universities are admitted each year.

The AKP Center occupies part of a building on the main campus of Doshisha University, one of Japan's finest private universities. The Imadegawa campus's location between the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the south and Shotokuji, a major Zen Buddhist monastery complex, to the north makes it the ideal location for study of Japan's traditional and modern aspects. The University gives AKP students use of the libraries, the co-op, and other facilities, and invites them to join Doshisha student groups.

All AKP students live with homestay families in the Kyoto area throughout the nine-month program. A Resident Director, administrative staff, and faculty are on site to help students with both academic and non-academic matters.

Applications and other information are available from study abroad offices at AKP consortium member schools, or from the Program Administrator at Smith College. For more information or to receive application materials, visit the program's Web site at