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Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies
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Tuition and Fees

Fall 2016 or Spring 2017
Fall 2015 or Spring 2016

KCJS costs include tuition and a program fee which includes charges for housing, some meals, and some program activities. Students from most consortium universities pay tuition directly to their home schools. Students from a few member schools and from all non-consortium institutions pay KCJS tuition directly to Columbia. Transportation to and from Kyoto, costs associated with the purchase of a health insurance policy with international coverage, travel during breaks, books, and all other personal expenses are the student's responsibility. Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.

KCJS member students from Boston, Brown, Chicago, Columbia/Barnard, Cornell, Emory, Penn, Stanford, Washington University in St. Louis home school tuition rate
Visiting students and KCJS member students from Harvard, Michigan, Princeton, Virginia, Yale $19,100/term

Fall 2016 or Spring 2017
Fall 2015 or Spring 2016

The list below is intended to summarize possible charges that could be incurred against a student's account. Certain charges depend upon specific circumstances, as noted. Fees that are not billed to the student account, such as application fees, may be required but are not listed here.

Program Fee*  $5,500/term
Transcript Fee** $105
Withdrawal Fee*** $75

*The Program Fee covers housing, some meals, program activities and trips, and student services.
**One-time fee for Visiting Students only
***Required of any student who withdraws from program once registered


Estimated Expenses

The estimated expenses below are NOT paid to the program. The estimated figures below are provided as a basis for students to determine their individual budgets.

Term Expenses

Roundtrip airfare NYC-Kyoto (Kansai:KIX) $1,500

*Please note that all students must have health insurance which covers them overseas.

Monthly Expenses

Based on an average exchange rate of ¥95=USD1.

Meals (if living in a homestay)* $250
Meals (if living in an apartment)** $500
Local Transportation $180
Incidentals $250

* Students living with host families have breakfast and dinner included but should budget for snacks and occasional meals out. They will receive a lunch stipend (for 7 days/week) from the program.

** Students living in apartments receive a lunch stipend (for 7 days/week) from the program, but are responsible for the rest of their meals.

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Financial Aid and Funding

Financial Aid

If you are currently receiving financial aid or scholarships, check with your school to see if it may be applied to your study abroad.

Students looking for outside sources of scholarships or loans can check the following for more information. Columbia University is not affiliated with any of the sources.

If you are applying for a scholarship that requires your school's approval, please note that on-campus deadlines are often earlier than scholarship deadlines. Please check with your school's study abroad office.

Scholarships especially for KCJS, Japan or Asia

KCJS Scholarship

The KCJS Governing Board has allocated funds for KCJS Scholarships specifically for students participating on the KCJS program. These awards vary between $500-$5,000. KCJS applicants with financial need are welcome to apply.

Bridging Project Scholarships
KCJS students may also use Bridging Project Scholarships to attend KCJS. The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project at the University of Colorado at Boulder awards up to 30 scholarships to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan. For information on how to apply, eligibility regulations and deadlines, please check their website.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Created to assist U.S. undergraduate students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only) with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 U.S. students over the next two academic years (2016-17, 2017-18), with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. Students may apply online starting February 1st for awards to study abroad beginning in summer 2016.
Prospective students should visit the Freeman-ASIA website ( for eligibility requirements, full application instructions and a list of deadlines. The online application opens on February 1, 2016. Student application deadline: Summer 2016 programs - March 1, 2016; Fall Academic Year 2016 programs - April 1, 2016.

Blakemore Asian Language Fellowships
Scholarships for advanced language training for students planning to pursue careers related to Asia.

General Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Sponsored by the US Department of State and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue semester or academic-year long study abroad opportunities. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application. For more information, application deadlines and the online application, please visit the Web site above.

National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
Government-funded scholarships for study in areas of the world outside western Europe, Canada, and Australia. Recipients are required to fulfill a service requirement by working in higher education or for the US government. Application available online. The national deadline for applications is usually in mid February. However, most campuses have a local representative to assist with the application process. Contact your university's study abroad office to find out if your campus has an earlier deadline.

Other Financing Opportunities

For current Columbia University and alumni, reach out to the Office of Global Programs and Fellowships to explore and apply for internal, national and international fellowships. The Fellowships team will inform students about a full range of opportunities and help them determine which programs best meet their goals.


Scott Carpenter, Associate Dean of Global Education and Fellowships
Office hours: Mondays, 2-4pm or via online appointment Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-4pm

Jodi Zaffino, Program Coordinator for Fellowships
Office hours: Mondays & Thursdays, 1-3pm or via online appointment

Other resources:


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