Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) Summer Program

The 2018 Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) Japan summer program takes place in Nara and Kyoto from June 2 – July 2. It includes a full-week Shinkansen train trip to Tokyo, Hiroshima, and other cities. In Nara, students will stay with host families. The program offers the following five courses. Students can take a maximum of two courses.
     JAPN 210: Intermediate Conversational Japanese Abroad
     PS 460: Japanese Food Politics
     PS 460: United States- Japan Foreign Policy
     RELS 399: Buddhism in Japan
     RELS 399: Religion in Japanese Literature

Prior study of the Japanese language is NOT required EXCEPT for Intermediate Conversational Japanese. In addition to the courses above, students will experience traditional Japanese arts including calligraphy and flower arrangement. Students will also have an opportunity to visit educational institutions and participate in a cultural exchange with Japanese students. The cost of the program is US$4,560 (without airfare), which includes tuition, all ground transportation, all excursions and field trips in Japan, room and most meals. The application fee is $250, which is applied to the program fee. The application deadline is February 15 2018.

KIIS is a consortium of 25 universities with more than 40 years of experience in study abroad programs. Please note that participants from non-consortium-member schools must add $300 to the program cost. For more information and application materials please contact KIIS, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11030, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101 or by phone (270) 745-4416. Visit the KIIS website at Specific questions about the academic portion of the program may be directed to Ms. Yoko Hatakeyama, KIIS Japan Program Director via telephone at 270-809-3419 or e-mail to