Learn at EF’s International Language Campus in the bustling Shibuya ward, live independently in the world’s most populous metropolis, and spend the weekends exploring the city of Tokyo on your own. Feel more at home in the world, gain confidence, and level-up your language skills on excursions to Mt. Fuji and the Japanese Alps; end your program with a 12-day trip around some of the country’s most interesting and important cultural hubs.
Upcoming travel dates:
Fall 2024: September 11–November 20, 2024
Spring 2025: February 6–April 18, 2025
Gain independence, adaptability, and a growth mindset—skills that will set you up for success in our ever-changing, increasingly globalized world.
Explore the cultural diversity and uniqueness of Japan through guided travel to different cities and regions of the country. Get a sense of what it is like to live in Japan, emerging with leveled-up language skills and a deeper understanding of Japanese culture.
Foster the confidence and skills you’ll need to travel independently and navigate large cities abroad.
Emerge from the program feeling prepared for what’s next, whether that’s more travel, college, or a career!
Japan 10 Weeks
Cross the International Date line and meet your cohort in Tokyo. Spend a couple of days to getting oriented with a guided sightseeing of the city's diverse neighborhoods and a sushi-making class!
Settle into the student accommodations in Tokyo and start your Japanese language immersion! You’ll take a language placement test and begin your courses at the EF campus. On your first weekend, enjoy a guided tour of the city to get your bearings.
Put your new language skills into action with a weekend outside the city as you travel to one of Japan’s most impressive natural landmarks, Mt. Fuji. Stay overnight in Hakone where you’ll ride a cable car to take in views of Mt. Fuji, see the Hakone Shrine, and visit the Torii Gate of Peace.
Return to Tokyo after your weekend away to continue your courses and independent exploration of this vibrant city and its many unique neighborhoods. You’ll be surprised how much your Japanese has improved, even after just three weeks!
Board a bullet train to travel to Kanazawa, a city on the western coast of Japan. Stroll through Takayama’s Old Town and Historic District to learn about the region’s history, then visit the Chubu-Sangaku National Park in the Japanese Alps, where you’ll enjoy a scenic hike and cross a suspension bridge with spectacular views.
Spend your final four weeks in Tokyo leveling up your language skills as you continue your classes; in your free time, enjoy exploring the world's most populous metropolis or travel to other parts of Japan (or even other parts of Asia!).
Practice your Japanese on a 12-day trip around some of the country's most interesting and important cultural hubs: in Osaka, visit the iconic castle and spend a day at Japan's Universal Studios theme park. Travel to Hiroshima to learn about the city's dark history and bright future, then journey to Kyoto to visit the Zen gardens, walk through the iconic red Torii gates of Fushimi Inari, and wrap up your time together with a final celebratory dinner.
Tuition for this 10-week program is $19,250, and payment plans are available. A detailed budgeting guide for this program can be found here.
Your program fee includes:
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