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Summer Program including 2 weeks in Japan

Japan Joyride: A Whirlwind of Wonder in Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Tokyo!

Embark on a kawaii adventure through the vibrant tapestry of Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Tokyo - where tradition meets the latest trends! 

Deer in front of Kohfukuji temple in JapanProgram Highlights

Course: JAPN 3500: Japanese Civilization and Cultures (3 units), with an option to add an independent course for a total of 6 units (full-time over the summer).

Master Artist Courses: Dive into Bunraku, Sado, Kimekomi ningyo, and Nihon Buyo with the opportunity to learn directly from renowned masters.

Cultural Exchange: Engage in a cultural exchange program with Sangyo University students in Kyoto.


Summer Session A - 5 Weeks: June 3 - July  3, 2024
Travel Dates: June 8 - 22, 2024

Illuminated signs along canal in Osaka, JapanWhere

Japan - Visit the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Tokyo


  • 🍵 Kyoto: Dive into Kyoto's charm and rich history with visits to the nation’s most iconic cultural sites. Let the aroma of matcha whisk you away to a world of tranquility.
  • 💃 Osaka: Experience bunraku puppets stealing the spotlight! Watch as stories unfold with charming puppets, creating a magical harmony of tradition and entertainment.
  • 🦌 Nara: Bambi meets historical temples and shrines. Visit Nara, where adorable deer roam freely, and politely bow for a deer treat!
  • 🏙 Tokyo: Trendy Traditions Tokyo, where the old mingles with the new! Dive into the dazzling lights of Akihabara, and then discover the art of kimekomi dolls – a perfect fusion of craftsmanship and cuteness. Cultivate one’s mind and body through Japanese Classical Dance! 
  • 🍰 Sweet Conversations: Friendship exchange with Sangyo University students. Indulge in cultural exchange with your newfound university friends. Dive into discussions about life, dreams, and the best places to grab a snack between classes.


  • Curated cultural events that promise smiles and unforgettable memories.
  • Local guides who sprinkle every tour with stories and insider tips.
  • Snug accommodations for those moments when you need a catnap  before the next adventure.

More Information

For more Information and to sign up, contact Dr. Kirk Kanesake


Students having fun in Japan

One Academic Year/One Semester Programs

Seijo University, Tokyo

Program description

Seijo University offers one semester or one academic year student exchange program for eligible CSUSB students. Academic offerings include intensive Japanese language courses, Japan Studies, Area Studies and Special Topics courses taught in English with tutorial assistance for inbound exchange students. Also, exchange students with adequate Japanese proficiency are allowed to register in most of the regular undergraduate courses taught in Japanese. Credit earned at Seijo can be applied to the student's degree at their home Institution. Seijo Exchange Program includes many fun events like various parties, Seijo Regatta/boat race, International Student Session, visiting the other schools of Seijo Gakuen, etc.

For more information about the academic programs, visit Special Programs for Exchange Students at Seijo University.

Period of exchange study

For one semester or for one academic year (1st Semester: April-August, 2nd Semester; September-February)

Number of participants

Up to 2 students for one academic year, 4 students for one semester, or 1 student for one academic year and 2 students for one semester


  • Application deadlines at CSUSB
    • TBA
  • Student Exchange Program Application Form
  • A letter of nomination from the CISP office
  • Official academic transcript
  • Other application documents: Application for the certificate of eligibility, 4 passport quality photos, financial verification, a photocopy of the passport, health certificate, etc.

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be a CSUSB student in good academic standing
  • Have approximately a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have completed, at least, the second-semester (or third quarter) of Japanese or higher (at CSUSB, JAPN 103 or higher)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in college level Japanese courses


Note: Amounts below are from past years as a reference. Please refer to the Special Programs for Exchange Students for current amounts.

  • State University fee (CSUSB tuition)
  • Living expenses may vary:
  • Housing: Seijo University does not have on-campus dormitories. Seijo University shall secure rooms for exchange students either Seijo International House, Shibata Mansion, or other residences.
  • Exchange program fee/departure processing: $750
  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Health insurance
  • Food, personal expenses and miscellaneous

Financial assistance by Seijo University

  • Living stipend in the amount of ¥80,000 Japanese yen per month will be offered to CSUSB exchange students per cohort, during their attendance at Seijo University for a maximum of eleven months.
  • Rent assistance to the maximum amount of ¥30,000 Japanese yen per month per student will be offered to CSUSB exchange students. The rent assistance is offered in situations in which an individual exchange student’s housing costs are exceeding ¥30,000 Japanese yen per month.


Makiko Amaya

Lecturer of Japanese
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Professor Amaya // 909-537-7132 // UH-201.41

Amy Chien

Study Abroad Assistant Coordinator
Center for International Studies and Programs
GoAbroad // 909-537-3723 // CE-348

Seijo University

Seijo University is a private university located in Seijo, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Seijo has its origins in 'Seijo Gakuen' Seijo educational Institutes, which was founded in 1917, by Dr. Masataro Sawayanagi. After the period of 'Seijo Higher School', under the pre-World War II education system, the present Seijo University was established in 1950. Since then, Seijo has adhered to the founding philosophy, which respects the individuality and creativity of students, particularly by retaining small-class education. Seijo University has endeavored to provide education of the highest quality by encouraging initiative and independent thought, through close interaction between students and professors. Their free and relaxed learning atmosphere cultivates the intellect, sensitivity and sophistication, enabling them to send a great number of well-prepared graduates into society. (From Seijo University Website )

JET Program

Student experiences in Japanese JET ProgramJapan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program offers young professionals the opportunity to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). Since 1987, more than 70,000 JET Program participants from over 75 countries have lived and worked in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Join JET and become part of this exclusive network of like-minded international enthusiasts!

Learn more at JET Program USA.

JET Program Questions

Please contact:

JET Desk, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles