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Featuring CCIS Programs

KCP International Japanese Language School, Japan

Tokyo, Japan (Asia)

Quick Facts

Fall 2020
Dates:  October 6 – December 23
Application Deadline: June 27, 2020
Courses with Dorm: $8,249 Member | $8,649 Non-member
Courses with Homestay: $9,249 Member | $9,649 Non-member

Winter 2021
Dates: January 7 - March 25, 2021
Application Deadline: September 25, 2020
Costs for Winter 21:
Courses with Dorm: $8,214 Member | $8,614 Non-member
Courses with Homestay: $9,214 Member | $9,614 Non-member

Spring 2021
Dates: April 5 - June 23, 2021
Application Deadline: December 22, 2020
Costs for Spring 21:
Courses with Dorm: $8,214 Member | $8,614 Non-member
Courses with Homestay: $9,214 Member | $9,614 Non-member

Winter & Spring Combined 2021
Dates: January 7 - June 23, 2021
Application Deadline: August 14, 2020
Costs for Winter & Spring 21:
Courses with Dorm: $15,028 Member | $15,428 Non-member
Courses with Homestay: $16,028 Member | $16,428 Non-member

Language of Instruction: Japanese
Transcript: KCP Grade Report or Official Transcript from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, for an additional $400 fee
Deposit: $350

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KCP also offers Scholarships for students from CCIS Member schools. Apply by August 7 for fall!

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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 20 to 3, 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.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

PJ Shoulders
Associate Director

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(202) 223-0330

Academics & Program

KCP International Japanese Language School

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.

Course Credits: Credit hours vary
Language of Instruction: Japanese

Academic Credit 

Students will receive a grade report from KCP at the conclusion of the program or can elect to receive an official US university transcript from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania for an additional fee of $400. 

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania serves as the School of Record for the KCP Japan program and can issue US university credit for courses taken at KCP. You may need to select this option if your home school requires a US transcript to accept the credits for this program.

It is up to each student to determine transferability of credit by their home school before attending the program. Please work with your advisor to get credit approved and email if you need any support or additional information.

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.

Student Life & Housing

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.


Students have their choice of staying in a private dormitory room, or with a Japanese family (homestay). The homestay option offers profound insight into the typical Japanese family and the ability to practice your Japanese skills. The dorm is ideal for students who desire greater freedom and independence. With both dorm and homestay options, students receive a local transportation pass between their housing and school. 

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 including 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), and ore control over your meals, if you have special meal requests or eating habits.

Meals and Meal Plan 

The arrangement for food varies at different dorms. You will have one of these three scenarios: 

Whether using a meal plan or buying your own food, we recommend you budget $1,500 per semester for meals ($1,000 for summer short term).

Internet Service

Most 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. 

Duration & Costs

Fall 2020: October 6 - December 23, 2020
Winter 2021: January 7 - March 25, 2021
Spring 2021: April 5 - June 23, 2021
Winter & Spring Combined 2021: January 7 - June 23, 2021

Fall 2020 
Courses with Dorm: $8,249 Member | $8,649 Non member
Courses with Homestay: $9,249 Member | $9,649 Non member

Costs for Winter 21:
Courses with Dorm: $8,214 Member | $8,614 Non-member
Courses with Homestay: $9,214 Member | $9,614 Non-member

Costs for Spring 21:
Courses with Dorm: $8,214 Member | $8,614 Non-member
Courses with Homestay: $9,214 Member | $9,614 Non-member

Costs for Winter & Spring Combined 21:
Courses with Dorm: $15,028 Member | $15,428 Non-member
Courses with Homestay: $16,028 Member | $16,428 Non-member

Costs Include:  Tuition, textbooks, fees, housing, on-site orientation, airport pick-up, study abroad health insurance, local transportation between lodging and school, cultural excursions and activities, and grade report mailing. 

Costs Not Included: Meals ($1000-$1500), Airfare ($1500) and Personal expenses ($500-$1000), and optional school of record transcript from Lincoln University ($400).

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program-specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.


Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadline

Fall 2020: June 27, 2020

Winter 2021: September 25, 2020
Spring 2021: December 22, 2020
Winter & Spring Combined 2021: August 14, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Required Materials: Official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and KCP's official application 

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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

Jessica Funtanilla

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.

Benjamin Pachter

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.

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