Kyoto is a beautiful, historic city centrally located in the Kansai region in Japan. It’s surrounded by beautiful scenic mountains, numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, and many iconic attractions. As the ancient capital of Japan, it remains the premier hub of traditional Japanese culture and visual arts, and attracts visitors from around the globe to its palaces, temples, museums, theaters, and excellent restaurants. Researchers and students are in good company, as Kyoto hosts dozens of top Japanese universities and several national research facilities.
VISIT THE GOLDEN PAVILLION
Pass through the torii gates of the Fox Shrine, and gaze upon the Zen garden of Ryoanji Temple.
GO BACK IN TIME
Kyoto was Japan's capital from 794 to 1868, and today is still called "the cultural capital of Japan" -- rich in ancient cultural, religious, and artistic traditions.
ENJOY A MEMORABLE TEA CEREMONY
Don a kimono and learn the fascinating history and Zen philosophy behind the ancient tea ceremony.
Tour the Kyoto Imperial Palace grounds where emperors of old resided.
Take a walking tour of the Higashiyama District to experience traditional Kyoto.
Visit the Kyoto National Museum, one of Japan’s oldest and most distinguished museums.
Get away to the nearby city of Nara, home of Nara Deer Park, the Great Buddha Hall at Todaiji Temple, and the Kasuga Grand Shrine.
Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships
CIEE Kyoto seeks to foster an urban community of learners that is respectful of its surroundings and proactively engages with individuals, community groups, and institutions. Orientation will include an introduction to the community resources and opportunities to give back. Cultural activities and co-curricular activities, such as volunteering, attendance of local events, and engagement with peers at local institutions will provide opportunities for students to strengthen their knowledge of Japanese history, enhance their proficiency in Japanese culture, and better understand Japanese social institutions. This will help cultivate a positive and mutually respectful relationship between CIEE and its community partners.
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GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.
Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.
Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.
Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.
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