Study Abroad

Programs Offered through William and Mary

Tuition exchange agreements with the following universities allow W&M students to pay their regular tuition to W&M while attending these partner universities (room and board are paid to the partner universities).  

W&M Exchange Program at Keio University

Located in the capital city, Tokyo, Keio University is Japan's oldest institution of higher education and is founded on the principle of academic excellence. Students enroll in the Japanese Language program at the Center for Japanese Studies. There are four levels (elementary to advanced), and students are assigned to the appropriate level based on the results of a placement test. Students are housed in dormitories or, in some cases, with homestay families. W&M students may apply to study at Keio for the spring semester or a full year. More

W&M Exchange Program at Akita International University

AIU is a four-year, liberal arts institution in the northern prefecture of Akita. Founded in 2004, it has quickly earned a national and international reputation for its hands-on instruction, globally-minded curriculum, and the scenic beauty of the main campus, located in the middle of an exquisite cedar forest – an Akita speciality. W&M students may apply to study at AIU for a semester or a full year. More

W&M Send-Only Program at Ritsumeikan University

Japan's beautiful ancient capital, Kyoto, is home to several elite universities, including Ritsumeikan, founded in 1869.   Students can choose from programs in English or in Japanese at eight levels.  Outside of the classroom, they can explore the infinite cultural riches of the city, the setting for the classic Tale of Genji, where history lies around every corner.  W&M students may apply to study at Ritsumeikan for a semester or a full year.

Summer Language Programs Outside William and Mary

Akita International University offers a unique traveling history seminar over the summer.  Over two weeks, students travel all across Japan exploring sites of important historical events, from Akita, to Tokyo, to Kyoto, Osaka, and Nagasaki.  No Japanese proficiency is required; the seminar is conducted entirely in English. Consult the Reves Center for more information.

The Japanese Program recommends the following intensive summer language programs in Japan: The Hokkaido International Foundation (this program is not eligible for W&M transfer credit), International Christian University,  and the Inter-University Center. We also recommend  Middlebury College's Summer Language Schools in Vermont.

The University of Colorado at Boulder offers lots of information on Japanese study abroad opportunities.

Students can enroll in summer programs both in Japan and at various American Universities. Tuition is paid directly to the target institution, and credit transfer must be discussed in advance with William and Mary program directors.

Study Abroad Transfer Credit

The Japanese Program does not pre-approve for study abroad in Japan, but we work with students on their return to ensure transfer of their credits taken abroad and placement back into our language classes. See the departmental procedures for transfer credit.

On-Campus Opportunities

If you can't make it all the way to Japan but want to interact with foreign students here in Williamsburg, The Keio University, College of William and Mary Cross-Cultural Collaboration program is a summer internship on campus with 40 Japanese students from Keio University.