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Experience Japan with AIFS Abroad

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Go Abroad in Japan

Study abroad with AIFS in Japan and explore the natural beauty of this stunning Asian country with a rich history of religious folklore and traditions.

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Choosing the Right City for You

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Kyoto

Take a journey to Kyoto, the country’s spiritual and cultural heart. Learn about the belief systems of Shinto and Buddhism, Japan’s two main religions. See how art was used to instill faith: explore Shinto’s myths and legends on a visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine dedicated to Inari, God of Rice; stay at Koyasan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and center of Shingon Buddhism and experience a traditional monk meal; tour the Okunoin cemetery and learn the practice of Zen on an introduction to meditation. Kyoto is famous for its preservation of Japanese traditional arts including the time-honored geisha dance, Buddhist temples, gardens, shrines and for its preserved historic districts. It is also a modern city with an international population and home to over twenty universities.

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We’re All About Life-Changing Experiences

This is your chance to set yourself apart. Explore the world and your interests while earning academic credit and developing your personal and professional skills.

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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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I would recommend this program to other prospective students. It was well organized with excellent accommodations and wonderful faculty. A once in a lifetime experience!

This program was excellent! AIFS was one of the best experiences of my life.

This program opened my eyes to a culture and society I knew very little about. I made great friends and had a fabulous time during the process. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

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