Enchanting. Personalized. A Japanese Journey.

WHY THIS PROGRAM?

KYOTO WOW FACTORS

• Inside-Out Classroom: Hands on learning in Japan
• Festival Season: Summer coincides with Kyoto festivals
• Old and New: Tour modern metropolis and ancient villages

THE ATHENA TOUCH

What makes this Athena?
• True immersion into the Japanese culture
• No large groups
• Learning outside of the classroom

ACADEMICS

ACADEMICS in KYOTO

WHY WE PARTNER WITH HELLENIC STUDIES IN THE ARTS (HISA):

HISA was one of the first schools Athena partnered with when we began, and with good reason. We share the same mission for study abroad – personalized, quality education that starts within the classroom walls and expands into the world.

HISTORY:

Founded in 2000 in Greece, HISA expanded its offerings to include Kyoto in 2013.

EXPERIENCE:

Class-sizes are minimized to ensure students receive individual attention, and
benefit from a close working relationship with their instructors.

COURSES

General allocation of the courses are as follows:

COURSESGeneral % Offered

HUMANITIES

50%

ARTS

50%

YUKO YAMAUCHI

On-Site Advisor

Yuko Yamauchi is a graduate of Hokkaido University Medical School in Sapporo, Japan, and a certified occupational therapist. For six years she worked for the Red Cross Hospital in northern Hokkaido. Having earned her degree in Psychology from the University of Indianapolis, she plays an important role in the program both as counselor and coordinator of student affairs. She also oversees the orientation and cultural excursion modules that are so integral to HISA's vision of social and creative immersion.

ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHT: Personalized Instruction

This intentionally small, on-the-go program is a true faculty-driven academic and experiential plunge into Japan.

ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHT: Inside-Out Classroom

Experience the classroom inside out through hands-on coursework throughout this rich country.

COURSE QUESTIONS

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STUDENT LIFE

FIELD TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Due to the fast-pace of the program, experiential learning is integrated with the academic program. Field trips and excursions are designed to enhance the quality and application of the learning content. Some of these experiential learning components include:

  • Traditional art experiences (i.e. ikebana, or tea ceremony)
  • Traditional Kyoto cuisine
  • Gion Festival and Yoiyama stall nights
  • Zazen with instruction in the temple
  • Higashiyama temples; includes Kiyomizu dera
  • Nishiki Market
  • Buddhist secret mountain Hiei Zan
  • Kinkakuji (Golden pavilion)
  • Zen temples and gardens
  • Picnic along the Kamo River
  • Explore Ginkakuji with the Philosopher Path Walk
  • Gion District
  • Heian Jingu shrine and garden
  • Arashiyama Bamboo forest & temples
  • Nara Park include Todai ji, Kasuga Taisya
  • Hushimi Inari Taisha with hundreds of red gates
  • Feudal castle

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHT: Festival Season

Why do we have this program in the Summer? Because July is festival season in Kyoto! You’ll get to be there for the Gion Festival, one of Japan’s most famous traditional festivals.

HOUSING

Your authentic Japanese experience continues into your accommodations. The program package includes a shared bedroom in traditional Japanese-style housing (3-4 students per room) located near downtown Kyoto.

Accommodations are fully furnished and equipped, complete with a living area, bathroom and kitchen.

FAQS

How many students are on the program?

Typically, 6-15 students, per term.  The size of the program is kept small so that students get personalized attention from the instructors and advisors.

Will I be able to travel?

The program itself includes travel around the city!

What is the food like?

Delicious!  Traditional Japanese food is available and we encourage you to dive into the food, which is big part of the Japanese culture.

An adventurous eater will be very happy as there are many opportunities to explore dishes that aren’t readily available in many American restaurants.

Vegetarians: Athena’s resident vegetarian gives Kyoto an 8 out of 10 for being vegetarian friendly!

How do I get to Kyoto?

You will fly into the Kyoto airport.  Do not book travel until you are formally accepted into the program and more travel details are provided.

Do you provide flights?

We have partnered with STA Travel, an incredible student-focused travel agency.  The good people there will be able to help all Athena students arrange flights overseas.

BLOGS

Get first-hand student accounts of what life is really like in Kyoto!

READ THE BLOGS

Yuko (the on-site advisor) was incredibly helpful. She went completely out of her way to make everyone experience what they wanted to while in Japan...Kyoto was incredibly safe.

Lindsey Bryan

Cleveland Institute of Art

WHAT'S KYOTO REALLY LIKE?

Want more info on what life is like in Kyoto? Just ask!

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THE CITY

CITY HIGHLIGHTS

What’s Kyoto Like?

Kyoto is incredible to begin with, but the summer is an especially special time.  In July, you will get to experience Kyoto during its Gion Festival month, which takes it to a whole other level. The festival gives you a glimpse into the enchanting traditional Japan. If you’re a fan of Japanese culture, or history in general, you won’t want to miss this. While you’re having a traditional meal at one of the many lantern-lit restaurants along the riverside, or exploring the culturally rich neighborhoods, you’ll be gaining an appreciation for the unique treasures Kyoto has to offer.

CITY PERKS: You will get to experience some of the most beloved sites of Kyoto, as well as often overlooked destinations.

WEATHER

  • WARMEST MONTH: The warmest month is August, the average high temperature is 91.4 °F and the average low temperature is 75.74 °F.
  • COLDEST MONTH: The coldest month is January, the average high temperature is 48 °F and the average low temperature is 34 °F.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Kyoto was once the capital of Japan.

DID YOU KNOW?

Kyoto is home to the headquarters of Nintendo.

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DATES & PRICES

Summer 2019: July

Early July - Late July

TBD
(LAST YEAR'S PRICES: $4,150 - 3 credits | $4,650 - 6 credits)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2019
You will take 1-2 courses for 3 credits each

Summer 2019: Tokyo & Kyoto

Mid June - Late July

TBD
(LAST YEAR'S PRICES: $7,450 - 6 credits | $7,950 - 9 credits | $8,450 - 12 credits)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2019
You will take 2-4 courses for 3 credits each
Note: June will be in Tokyo & July program will be in Kyoto

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • TUITION YES
  • ACCOMMODATION YES
  • EXCURSIONSYES
  • AIRPORT PICKUP ARRANGEMENTYES
  • TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN SITESYES
  • 24-HOUR EMERGENCY LINEYES
  • ONLINE ACCOUNT MANAGEMENTYES
  • HEALTH INSURANCEYES
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT FROM HISAYES
  • CONTRIBUTION TO CHARITYYES
  • MEALSNOT
  • FLIGHT NOT

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TERMS

SUMMER: 3 Weeks in June or July, or 6 Weeks for Both Terms

ELIGIBILITY

GPA: 2.8 or higher
GRADE LEVEL: Freshman or higher

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