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  • Locations: Kyoto City, Japan
  • Program Terms: November-February
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
November-February 2017 12/11/2017 ** Rolling Admission 14/01/2018 27/01/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education Program Type: Short Term Partner Program - Study Abroad
New Colombo Plan Funded: No Language of Instruction: English
Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point Credit Type: Undergraduate
Housing Options: Off Campus OS Help Available: Yes
Scholarships Available: Yes
Program Description:
Kyoto Zen

From Anime to Zen - 10 x $1,000 grants available

About the program:
Kyoto Study Program: from Anime to Zen is a 2-week program offering students an excellent introduction to Japanese society and culture. The Curriculum is well balanced, and students will investigate diverse aspects of Japanese society and culture while staying in Kyoto, a cultural centre rich in history. All classes will be taught in English by renowned subject specialists from among the dozens of universities and colleges in Kyoto. In addition to the courses offered, there are a number of field trips and special events, including interaction with local students – buddy program.

Location profile:
Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It's famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district. There are said to be over 1000 Buddhist temples in Kyoto. Within the temple precincts are some of the world’s most sublime gardens, from the Zen masterpiece at Ryoan-ji to the riotous paradise of moss and blossoms at Saiho-ji. Few cities of this size offer such a range of excellent restaurants. Work your way through the entire spectrum of Japanese food, from impossibly refined cuisine known as kaiseki to hearty plebeian fare like ramen. Best of all, many of Kyoto’s restaurants are in traditional wooden buildings, where you can gaze over intimate private gardens while you eat.
While the rest of Japan has adopted modernity with abandon, the old ways are still clinging on in Kyoto. Visit an old shotengai (market street) and admire the ancient speciality shops: tofu sellers, washi (Japanese handmade paper) stores and tea merchants. That's not to say there's nothing modern about Kyoto – arriving into futuristic Kyoto Station is a stark sign of that. And throughout the city, young Kyotoites don the hottest new fashions, while craft beer and single-origin coffee is taking over.

Kyoto 1

Academic information:
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 1 Deakin credit and is incompatible with AIS203.
Approved by Arts and Education


The following lectures are scheduled in the program;
  • Kyoto Introduction - Introduction and Overview of Kyoto
  • Japan and the West - Historical Relationship between Japan and The West
  • Japanese Politics - Japan's security forces / post war politics
  • Japanese Art and Design – Environmental Design
  • Cultural Anthropology of Japan – Yokai, Yurei of Japan, Manga – Japanese comics
  • Food Culture and Education in Japan – Shun and Shokuiku
  • Japanese Business1 - Contents business in Japan
  • Japanese Business2 - Pop Culture Business in japan
It is expected that some changes may occur due to staff availability

Scheduled site visits:
  • Kyoto half day tour
  • Kyoto central wholesale market, cooking Japanese food
  • Shrines and temples (including World Heritage sites)
  • Japanese garden sites
  • Zen experience
  • Manga Museum

Accommodation:
Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, Single Room, Breakfast included, Free wifi.

anime to zen 2

Important notes:
  • Participants are expected to participate in all scheduled activities.
  • Accommodation will be single occupancy.
  • Food preferences can not be accommodated.
  • All participants are responsible for their luggage at all times.
  • Participants must be able to walk reasonable distances unassisted.
  • Participants agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel.
  • Participants shall follow the instructions given by the program coordinator.

Cost: ¥130,000 JPY
Program inclusions: tuition and class materials, accommodation, 2 weeks Kyoto city public transport fee, scheduled excursions and activities. Your airfares, personal expenses, travel expenses such as visa costs and transportation to and from Kyoto are not included. This is a Study Abroad program meaning no tuition is paid to Deakin University.

Funding: You may be eligible for the OS help loan of up to $7,880. For more information visit this link. Deakin Abroad is also giving away $1,000 travel grants to the 10 students with the highest WAM.

Program Dates: 14 January to 27 January 2018

For more information please visit the partner website
anime to zen
Short Term Partner Programs will earn you 30 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.