About the Program


The Summer Program in Kyoto runs every year for 5 weeks in Kyoto, Japan at Ritsumeikan University. The program runs from May to June each year.

The 2017 Japan Summer Program in Kyoto runs from May 16-June 16, 2017. 


1. Japanese Language Classes.   Language classes will be conducted for three hours each weekday morning, providing an intensive and thorough introduction to the Japanese language.  Particular emphasis is placed on oral communicative skills, which is the most difficult element of language learning when studying in North America. This program is expected to provide a solid foundation for continued language studies in Japanese. Students will take a language placement test upon their arrival which will determine which level of class they will enter out of the following six levels:

  • Beginner I

  • Beginner II

  • Beginner III

  • Intermediate I

  • Intermediate II
  • Advanced

2. Japan Studies.   A series of lectures which are designed to complement the language curriculum by providing students with a general overview of Japanese culture. Lectures focus on such topics as business, history, sociology and traditional culture and are conducted by specialists in these fields. As well as having the chance to become more familiar with the finer aspects of Japanese culture in class, students also have the opportunity to take part in various fieldwork activities each week to reinforce what they have learned in class.


Students stay at dormitory. Find new and life time friends!  Quad (Bunk bed x 2)

Information Sessions

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at TELUS Centre 131

Questions can be directed to ptjc@ualberta.ca.

Program Costs

The cost of the Summer Program in Kyoto for 2017 is as follows. Costs shown are approximate and subject to change.

1) Summer Program Fee: $3,310*

  • Program Fee (200,000 JPY) $2,500*
  • R.U. Service Fee (5,000 JPY) $60*
  • Accommodation Fee (60,900 JPY) $750*

2) Administrative Fee: $150

3) Airfare (Edmonton – Osaka – Edmonton)    $1,000

4) Other Expenses: $1,000

Travel Insurance/Local Transportation/Food/Entertainment, etc...    ~$1,000

Total Cost: Approximately $5,460

*the monetary amounts based on the exchange rate of November 2016 and are subject to change. 

Note:  Tuition and fees for this study abroad program are NOT eligible for tax credit.   Revenue Canada stipulates that programs where tuition and fees are paid to a host institution outside of Canada, and are less than 13 weeks in duration, are not eligible and will not appear on your UofA tax credit (Form T2202A).