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    CIEE Gap Year in Kyoto, Japan: Japanese

    CIEE Gap Year in Kyoto, Japan: Japanese


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destinations: Japan
    • Program Length: Semester, Other
    • Start Month: January, February, September, October
    • Category: Language
    • Selective: No
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Homestay
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Affiliation: Gap Year Association
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    Step back in time in the ancient capital of Japan with the Imperial Palace, Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples and Zen gardens as your backdrop.

    Take part in walking tours of Kyoto and discover both the traditional and modern elements of this city. Learn why a cup of matcha bitter green tea is more than just a delicious hot beverage.

    This immersive experience is all about soaking up the centuries-old Japanese customs and culture all around you. But do not worry; for a taste of the here-and-now, you can still find popular shopping districts, video-gaming arcades and sidewalk vending machines selling unique products (from socks to pizza slices!) to round out the experience.

    You will spend most mornings in Japanese language classes with native instructors, improving your skills and confidence no matter your level of proficiency. Afternoons are for cultural exploration and practicing your language skills in real life: on the streets, in cafes, and on expert-guided excursions to temples, shrines, palaces, museums, and more.

    For a fully immersive experience, you will be placed in a homestay with a Japanese family where you will join in the daily routines and learn first-hand about local customs. Together you will prepare and share traditional meals, go shopping in markets, visit local sites or just hang out. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that opens your eyes, ears and access to the world, and one you will never forget.

    CIEE Gap Year Abroad programs are focused on supporting participants in acquiring knowledge and developing skills to live in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. In addition to developing your language skills and gaining a better understanding of the local culture, you will take part in our Global Competence Course. This online course will allow you to connect and collaborate in real-time with our entire cohort of Gap participants worldwide, through interactive workshops and discussions. Reflect on your own cultural biases, share insights about your experience and learn about topics ranging from cultural identity and leadership styles to how to work and live sustainably or develop communication skills.

    On weekends and evenings, participants will spend time with their homestay where you will get into the rhythm of local life while exploring all your neighborhood has to offer. Prepare meals with your hosts, meet up with friends, take a day trip to explore a nearby town or nature reserve. Make the most of this amazing opportunity!

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