Japan: Tokyo Semester

Program Overview

Founded in 1983, KCP International Japanese Language School is located in Shinjuku, the business, entertainment, and shopping center of Tokyo. The KCP campus is a short walk from Shinjuku-gyoenmae Station on the Marunouchi subway line. From there, a student has access to such Tokyo landmarks and attractions as the Japanese government buildings, Shinjuku and Yoyogi Parks, Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Tower, and popular student destinations including Shibuya and Harajuku. The school has been featured in many publications throughout Asia and is recognized as a leader in Japanese language education.

KCP International Japanese Language School provides an opportunity for serious students to achieve remarkable proficiency in Japanese. With a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1, KCP serves over 500 students per year. English-speaking staff provides language support, including special tutorials, in English if needed.

KCP offers two areas of study. The first, a total immersion Intensive Japanese Language Course (taught in Japanese), is the main focus of the KCP program. Special emphasis is placed on a balanced language education program that stresses the 4 most important communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The language course is offered at six levels. The second, a Japanese Culture and Civilization Course, offers opportunities to experience Japan first-hand while visiting many notable sights in Tokyo.


Academic Profile
Academic Profile

KCP International Language Institute in Tokyo

KCP is a not-for-profit educational foundation. As of April 2007, KCP International Japanese Language School, one of the largest and most highly recognized language institutes in Japan, has been granted Gakko Hojin status. Gakko Hojin is a rigorous educational evaluation and accreditation process overseen by the Tokyo metropolitan government ministry.

Course Offerings

Intensive Japanese: Beginning through Advanced
Japanese Culture and Civilization

Academic Highlights

Japanese Language Course

KCP realizes that students enter with varying Japanese language backgrounds that may have stressed different aspects of learning. Special emphasis is placed on holistic language education, stressing all four communication skills-listening, speaking, reading, and writing-to help students master general knowledge of the Japanese language, usable fluency, and vital Japanese context. In classes, language instruction takes place entirely in Japanese: the direct method, or full Japanese language immersion.

On arrival at KCP, students take a placement exam to determine their appropriate class level. You learn from 150 to 250 kanji each term, depending on the Japanese proficiency level. Each semester term consists of over 200 classroom hours of instruction. This is a rigorous program: students spend three to five hours studying each day. Each student gets plenty of support, with several instructors for each course as well as an assigned language advisor and a student coordinator. And students get results. Students in our top language level are routinely able to pass the Nihongo Noryoku Shiken (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), roughly correlating their Japanese language skills to those of a native speaker at college level.

KCP International is an inspired choice for you to learn Japanese in Tokyo. It's one of the most effective Japanese language schools in Japan.

Japanese Culture and Civilization Course

In this course, KCP offers you Japanese cultural immersion through lectures and organized excursions to some of the most notable happenings in Tokyo. The course, taught in English, runs on Saturdays. It includes lectures that lay the ground on topics like Japanese classical entertainment, customs, lifestyle, business, economics, politics, history, psychology, and religion.

To build on this conceptual base, you'll visit relevant sites, in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan. Typical excursions have included Kamakura, the Edo-Tokyo Museum, Nikko, Asakusa Temple, the Imperial Palace, NHK Broadcasting Company, a Sumo beya, and Kabuki and Bunraku theaters. You'll have plenty of opportunities to explore traditional Japanese art forms.

Extra-Curricular Activities

In addition to the Japanese Culture and Civilization course, all KCP students can take part in optional activities and outings throughout the term. These may include a tea ceremony, anime and manga drawing, calligraphy, KCP student newspaper, kanji prep, chat classes (multiple levels), learning to play traditional instruments, cooking Japanese food together, and more. In the extra-curricular sessions, you have the chance to connect with other students in informal, non-classroom settings.

Students interested in summer study abroad in Tokyo should see the list of summer program options.


Activities and Opportunities
Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

The Intensive Japanese Language Course is the main focus of this program. The KCP program focuses on all four communication skills "reading, writing, speaking, and listening" to help students achieve a balance between general knowledge of the Japanese language and practical ability. Studying at KCP not only provides students an opportunity to learn the Japanese traditions and cultures as the package program incorporates a range of excursions in and around Tokyo. Furthermore, studying with a diverse KCP student body comprised of individuals from around the world also contribute to the quality and comprehensive nature of the KCP programs.


Homestay can be one of the most rewarding aspects of being in Japan. Living with a Japanese family provides daily opportunities to practice Japanese and enjoy family traditions. Many students develop close relationships with their host families as they eagerly participate in contemporary Japanese family life. Students can also practice what they have learned in class, talk about Japanese life, and sample traditional Japanese cuisine at dinner.There are significant advantages to living with a host family for students who are open-minded, genuinely interested in becoming a member of the family, and willing to compromise their schedules somewhat. Homestay families will want to spend time with students, especially on weekends. They may expect a student to help out around the house. Some families may also impose a curfew.Incidentals
  • The homestay cost includes breakfasts and dinners.
  • We do our best to secure homestay arrangements for all students who want them, but this is not always possible. There are a limited number of homestay hosts available, and we can make no guarantees. For best results, apply early.
  • KCP can offer homestay only during your first term of study. After that, you will most likely be placed in a dormitory for the rest of your time at KCP.
Dormitory setting offers a fun chance to meet other young people. A cafeteria is usually available, as are vending machines, public phones, and a coin laundry. Meals are not included in the program cost; utilities and bed linens are included.Dormitory life offers several advantages:
  • Private rooms
  • Other foreign students (so, more access to your classmates and other young people)
  • Freedom to come and go as you please (within curfews)
  • More control over your meals, if you have special meal requests or eating habits.
Meal PlanIf you choose a meal plan, fees are collected during the first week of your program, so expect to pay the meal plan cost up front: about 55,000 Yen for a regular KCP semester and 41,000 Yen for the summer short term. The meal plan includes breakfasts and dinners only (no lunch).
  • A limited number of meal plan placements is available. If you want a meal plan, for best results, apply early.
  • Your placement in a dorm is based on whether you have chosen a meal plan. For this reason, you cannot cancel the meal plan after you have selected it.
Internet serviceMost dorms have computers in the lounge for common use. Students can use the phone lines there to get internet access, once they have arranged for a connection service (usually a setup fee plus a monthly fee).Some dorms have a phone in each room. You can use this line for internet access once you have arranged with an internet service provider. 

Alumni Feedback

When I started at KCP I could not speak Japanese, although I had a rudimentary understanding of grammar. I applied myself, and now I can carry on complex conversations with a variety of people. The difference is amazing. -Sara Sumpter 

The opportunities KCP offered beyond the class experience, like school trips, interaction with people from other countries (in Japanese!), and living in Tokyo, all contribute to a great learning and living environment.-Benjamin Pachter

The connections I made-professionally with experts in my field, personally in my many new friends, and creatively with many brilliant artists and inspiring mentors-have shaped my life.-Tyler Fry

I enjoyed hearing experts explain cultural topics and share their knowledge, in addition to the excursions. The excursions were valuable-but hearing the culture analyzed by experts was also important to me. I grasped points about Japanese culture that I didn't understand before coming to KCP.-Jessica Funtanilla

The most interesting, productive aspect of this program was interacting with the culture and people. I loved walking the streets and trying out the new Japanese I had learned that day-a wonderful experience that I will always remember.-Daniel Huber

The KCP program was terrific! When I first arrived I really couldn't speak Japanese, but with all the support from KCP (especially Tanaka-san and Nakajima-san), I felt comfortable. They did everything possible to help us; everyone genuinely cared. I recommend KCP to anyone, whether absolute beginner or almost fluent, who is considering studying language in Japan.-Phillip Buschang, KCP Alumnus 


Program Details
Tokyo, Japan Semester Program Details


Winter: Jan. 7, 2016 to Mar. 25, 2016
Spring: Apr.7, 2016 to Jun. 24, 2016
Fall: Oct. 7, 2016 to Dec. 23, 2016

Extended Programs
Spring Extended: Jan 7, 2016 - Jun. 24, 2016
Fall Extended: Jul 7, 2016 -  Dec. 23, 2016

Academic Year
October 7, 2016 - Jun 23, 2017
Summer Programs
Summer: Jul. 7, 2016 - Sept. 21, 2016
Summer short-term: Jun. 24,2016 - Aug. 16, 2016

Application Deadline(s)

Winter: October 10, 2015
Spring: Jan. 10, 2016
Fall: July 10, 2016

Extended Programs
Spring Extended: Aug 11, 2015/td>
Fall Extended: Feb 8, 2016

Academic Year
May 11,2016
Summer Programs
Summer: Apr. 9, 2016
Summer short-term: Mar. 27, 2016

Eligibility Requirements

2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale; freshman through senior standing; transcripts; two letters of recommendation; minimum of 18 years of age.


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Academic Levels

Japanese Level 1Costs
 Courses OnlyCourses with DormCourses with Homestay
Summer Short$3,546$6,546$7,346
Extended Semester$6,992$14,592$15,392
Academic Year$9,988$21,388$22,188

Note: Prices subject to change without prior notice.

Costs Include

Instructional costs abroad, administrative fees, textbooks, airport pickup, room, half board (with home stay), local transportation pass between lodging and school, related fieldtrips, partial health insurance.

Costs Not Included

Airfare, personal costs, additional insurance, meals and utilities (with dorm stay).

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

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Your Adventure in Japan Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Constance Lundy, Director of International Services

Lincoln University of PA
Lincoln Hall, PO Box 179
Lincoln University, PA 19352
(484)365-7822 (fax)


Terri Joseph, Program Assistant



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All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.