IES Tokyo

Dynamic, traditional, modern—these adjectives and more describe Tokyo, a city of 8+ million inhabitants. Be amazed by both skyscrapers and temples; slow the pace by taking up calligraphy or martial arts in your spare time. IES’s host is Kanda University of International Studies where you can enroll in Japanese language classes and content classes taught in English. Past field trips and excursions have included Hiroshima, Okinawa, the Shinto shrine at Nikko, and more. Be prepared to have the experience of a lifetime in Tokyo and beyond.

IES Tokyo: Study Japanese Language and Culture for a Fall, Spring or Summer in traditional AND modern Tokyo. No prior of Japanese required. Field placements, excursions included to help students integrate into Japanese culture. Housing is in residence halls or homestay.




Academic Description: 
You can pursue programs focusing on intensive language and culture immersion in Tokyo, Japan. You do not need previous experience or skills in Japanese language. Not all courses may be available during all study periods, see your program's website for up-to-date course lists.
Arts and Sciences
Film Studies
Gender Sexuality & Women's Studies
History of Art & Architecture
International Studies
Political Science
Urban Studies
Application Instructions: 

If you are applying for a Pitt-Recognized Program for Spring 2020 and beyond, Program Application Questions must be completed before your application can move forward, regardless of any application requirements established by your Pitt-Recognized Provider. These questions can be found under “Questionnaires”  in your application. Most require short answers of 150-200 words. Our goal is to help you to think about and express your goals for studying abroad in a way that will help you to maximize learning and growth in the following 3 phases of your experience:

  1. Pre-departure
  2. While abroad
  3. Post abroad 

While you will work on our application and your Provider’s application simultaneously, you will need to complete your Pitt application before your study abroad advisor will complete any forms or approval for your provider. Even if your Provider accepts your application, your application cannot move forward in our process until you complete our application questions.

SAO Staff: 

Leslie Ann Smedley

Hello Students! I am Leslie Ann Smedley, Senior Advisor and look forward to helping Arts and Sciences students to identify, apply for, and thrive in the study abroad program that fits each students’ academic/linguistic/cultural needs. I have been in the field of International Education for many years, including the last 10 in the Study Abroad Office. I am a Pittsburgher who studied abroad in Strasbourg, France while an undergrad and haven’t stopped travelling since. In addition to being passionate about discovering new places, I love to cook, garden and read. I look forward to helping you to achieve your goals!

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