Testimonials

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Classroom

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  • The most productive and interesting parts of the program were the daily class supplemented by English class. It helped me retain so much of the information. I tried to come up with something that was uninteresting or not productive, but I really can’t think of anything. Nonproductive and KCP don’t fit in the same sentence!

    —Megan Comerford

  • I really enjoyed our small group conversations and working with the other students. We were able to talk to one on another about the topics learned in class, as well as get to know one another after finishing our prompts.

    —Shenelle King

  • I was surprised by how much I LOOKED FORWARD to class every day. Just sign up for it. The earlier the better. This was the best decision I made in my learning of Japanese.

    —Grant Willey

  • I found the textbook, tests, and homework to be most helpful. I learn best from reading and writing, so these exercises really helped me to understand and internalize the material.

    —Shannon Welch

  • I love the way the Minna no Nihongo textbooks were set up. It made finding my weak points in grammar much easier and provided a lot of practice, both in and outside of class. I also really liked the hatsuon readings we would do every day. They really helped improve my speaking and reading ability.

    —Katie Penvose

  • Pair work was definitely helpful, all the textbooks we used were really helpful as well. The way that Minna no Nihongo is formatted really helps students grasp how to use new grammar and how to correctly use it.

    —Brian Bergquist

  • Practice worksheets for the grammar was the most helpful. It allowed me to try and apply my knowledge that I learned in class to make sure I fully understood the way particles are supposed to be applied. Talking in groups in class was also very helpful for becoming less shy with the language, since it can be scary to try and speak a language which I didn’t know very well.

    —Spencer Cramm

  • The materials that I found most helpful was the mini games and pair work. the reason I say this is because with the mini games helps you understand a little more clearer of what going on in the class and for the pair work it makes the Japanese language stick in your head.

    —Kevon Martin

  • I found that the pair work was very effective, as it allowed students to work together in order to overcome obstacles that they would otherwise not be able to overcome on their own. Many students in class were very helpful in explaining concepts to me about the Japanese language that I didn’t understand.

    —Zachary Fauquher

  • I liked how every day we had a three-minute conversation with a classmate, and when we had to craft our own conversations based on a picture using Level 3 grammar points. All of the textbooks provided are amazing at helping learn the language.

    —Jordan Gonzalez

  • It was the most difficult part but writing 作文 was the most interesting and productive thing I did. It really allowed me to see my skill grow and develop really clearly by how well I could express ideas.

    —Alexander Santese

  • I really in enjoyed pair work and small groups because we were able to utilize our language skills. If we did come across something that one student might not understand, the instructor was there to clarify any questions. It also provided a good setting for getting to know my classmates better without the stress of coming up with sentences in front of the class, which can sometimes be a little nerve-wracking.

    —Brenna Morlock

  • I found pair work and small group sessions to be most helpful as I was forced to actually speak in Japanese with others and to learn how to listen to and understand what they were saying. Homework was also very helpful as I was able to discover my weak spots.

    —Anna Seim

  • Pair work was very helpful to me, since it took some of the pressure off of going one by one around the room in front of the class, or even the anxiety of raising a hand to ask the sensei a question. Though there were quite a lot of tests, I felt they were helpful as well.

    —Sarah Zakrzewski

  • I’d say the textbooks were effective, both the ones made by KCP and Minna No Nihongo. They’re thorough and provide a lot of useful information. I use them a lot even when just searching for grammar points or vocabulary. I like the games we’d play in class, too, like role playing about going on trips or eating out at a restaurant and the problems that can or cannot happen. It’s fun and stimulating and gets you thinking on your feet in Japanese

    —Valerie Taylor

  • No matter if you are “悪い学生” or “日本語が上手” [good student or not-so-good student] KCP welcomes its international students and provides an amazing experience for learning Japanese. The class style is just like a Japanese school environment where students have responsibilities to uphold. Teachers are so kind and cool and inspiring. Studying at KCP made wish I didn’t have to go back home.

    Rishab Bhatnagar

  • The most productive and interesting aspects of the program was actually going to class, which isn’t usually the case —haha. The teachers were very funny and down-to-earth, while also teaching a lot of practical sentence structures and giving us plenty of opportunity to practice spoken Japanese. I feel that I’ve had THE best teachers to learn from and the best classmates to study with at KCP for a language learning environment.

     —Jin Su

  • I really enjoyed the lectures. Every single one of the lecture guests explained their Japanese culture and history points it was super interesting and informative. I am glad I got to learn about all these interesting culture facts and points through someone who cares and knows a lot about the subject.

    —Marissa Ford

  • Other students may hate me for saying so, but I feel that having frequent, small tests was very helpful. It’s a little stressful, but having frequent tests helped keep me on my toes as far as studying. When tests are spaced apart, it’s easy to get caught up in everyday life.

    —Colette Kinder

  • The lecture we had on Japanese psychology was definitely my favorite because it helped me better understand how and why Japanese people think the way they do.

    —Hector Santiago

  • The first day of class may seem a little intimidating, especially due to the fact that most of your classmates won’t be able to speak English. However everyone is there to learn and have a fun time doing so, so just remember to take it easy and make a bunch of friends! By the end of my quarter here at KCP, everyone in my class were friends and whenever we had presentations it didn’t seem like such a big deal because we all knew each other.

    —Brian Bergquist

  • I enjoyed taking the conversation class because the instructors chose interesting topics that also translated well into real life situations. It didn’t feel like practice without a purpose.

    —Brenna Morlock

  • Tests were actually very helpful. They provide the pressure for me to more extensively study the materials that we were given, and if I get questions wrong those help point out to me which concepts I need to strengthen or have memorized incorrectly.

    —Nathan Wong

  • I thought that the Japanese psychology lecture was one of the most interesting and eye opening into the culture and differences between Japanese culture and my own.

    —Mary Davison

  • Don’t be afraid to explore and always do the homework! The classes are challenging but manageable if you are willing to do the work.

    —Stephanie Falsone

  • The everyday classes are the most interesting thing for me. KCP is a place where many cultures intersect, and learning how to talk about that intersection in Japanese (sharing your own culture and asking about others) is really fascinating.

    —Tess Kupel

  • The tests and daily assignments in Level 4 were very good in helping us prepare for the midterm exam and final. The daily kanji tests helped improve my reading ability immensely.

    —Erin Longstreet

  • The vocabulary and grammar learning I find fun and useful. It is amazing to see one’s progress first hand as you are able to carry out more and more complex conversations. KCP was great and lots of fun I’d love to come back and continue to take courses.

    —Alberto Ossorio

  • Classes were always very informative, active and used plenty of examples to help me remember things. The conversations that were staged with native Japanese speakers were very good.

    —Michiel Sikma

Program

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  • I would tell everyone thinking of attending KCP to jump in with both feet and go to Japan with an open mind. You never know what you’ll experience next!

    —Brittany Crouch

  • I highly recommend KCP for its focused and encouraging program. The opportunity to practice speaking and comprehending Japanese during class, in conversation sessions, and in day-to-day life was an invaluable experience for which I am very grateful. KCP’s staff and instructors are nothing but helpful and there is no question that they are dedicated to the dissemination of the Japanese language. 

    —Gabriel Wilkinson

  • Frankly, it seemed like the best. The other programs I looked at were either heavily geared towards Chinese and Korean students or prohibitively expensive. Plus, KCP has a long history and a LOT of alumni who openly praise the program online — and I hope to be among them!

    —Dylan Chapin

  • KCP is a great choice if you are looking to improve your Japanese language skills while experiencing everything Japan has to offer. The school will make sure that your experience is enjoyable, and they will do their best to accommodate to your needs. If you have never been to Japan and want to experience studying in this country I highly recommend KCP. They will give you the true ‘Japan school life experience.

    —Manuel Casanova

  • KCP is a wonderful program for those looking to, 1) see their Japanese abilities exponentially grow, and 2) to experience the culture hands-on. It’s also a program for those who don’t simply seek to party either. The program’s rigorous and demands attention to your school work, health, and managing time in between. Basically, you live, eat, and breathe a Japanese lifestyle. It’s great.

    —Valerie Taylor

  • I don’t think there was a single moment that wasn’t productive for me. There was something to learn from everything during my time in Japan. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!

    —Beatriz Gonon

  • If you want a challenge, then this program in definitely what you’re looking for. I came into the program with very basic knowledge of Japanese and am definitely excited about how much I have improved. Learning a language isn’t instant and it takes a while to sink in, but the longer you’re here you become more motivated to utilize what you learn and to continue to progress in your studies. And all of the instructors and office staff are some of the most friendly and approachable people I have ever met. They really make the whole experience quite enjoyable!

    Brenna Morlock

  • If you’re looking for an intensive course, then KCP is the place to go! Although it was hard work, it was also a lot of fun and I’m very pleased with my current language skill – and I’ve only just finished Level 1! Going out with the class for a final dinner really showed me how much we’d learnt as we had no problems in conveying our feelings even though our only common language was Japanese. I’d come back in a heartbeat.

    —Aleya Thompson

  • This program has been awesome, and I learned a lot about Japanese language and culture within such a short period of time. The teachers are very patient and they try their best to encourage everyone’s participation by making the class fun. I would definitely recommend this school to other people who wants to go to Japan to study Japanese.

    —Anita Lucius

  • Not only did I have a great time at KCP, but the improvement I’ve witnessed in my Japanese proficiency is astounding. I still can’t quite believe I’ve learned so much in such a short time. Although I’m sad that I’m leaving by the end of this term, I’ll always have fond memories of my time here. I am truly grateful to all the staff, especially the instructors, as well as my fellow classmates for making my time here exceptional. I highly and without hesitation recommend KCP International Japanese Language School to anyone looking to learn Japanese.

    —Suhaib Sarmad

  • I selected it because I wanted a reputable and intensive program that would take a student who’s no longer affiliated with a college. KCP was the only program I found that satisfied this criteria. It also helped a lot that my friend recommended it.

    —Jaking Kong

  • I am really happy I decided to study at KCP. It has been a difficult journey, but I have learned a lot. I would love to come back to KCP to continue my studies.

    —Alice Hoglund

  • At first I thought KCP was too good to be true because I could not find a single negative review anywhere. Every comment I found was positive. Turns out there’s a very good reason for this 🙂

    —Louise Hoogvliet

  • If you’re considering KCP, just sign up. If you have to, save up for it. It was worth it. I continue to learn the language, I continue to make new friends, I continue to find new, unfamiliar and exciting places and all of this was possible because I made the decision to learn at KCP. I have met some really great people (friends as well as teachers) who have helped me grow as a person. I’m thankful for this time I’ve spent here. It really has gone by too fast but I will forever remember the memories I’ve made here.

    —Malia Romar

  • I chose this program because of its well-favored reviews on various sites as well as the intensity provided by the classes. I looked for a challenge and KCP certainly provided that for me.

    —Derrick Lieu

  • Overall, I really enjoyed the program! I’m very thankful to have been a part of it, and I’d definitely recommend it to serious students. Thank you so much for the valuable opportunity!

    —Kelly Couto

  • I am very lucky to have found this program. It definitely did not disappoint, and I would without a doubt, recommend it to anyone who wants to further their skills in Japanese.

    —Andrea Li

  • KCP is a great program because of what it has currently. Great teachers, with a good curriculum, allows for a superior learning opportunity and is the main reason why KCP’s students are great at Japanese.

    —Derrick Leong

  • I enjoyed this summer a lot! Thank you KCP. Unforgettable.

    —Jiacheng Yan

  • Because I am a huge fan of research and spreadsheets, I created an excel worksheet comparing numerous Japanese study abroad programs by cost, housing, length of study, and many other comparison points. Overall, KCP came out superior based on the amount of things that you get for the price. After completing the program, I can say choosing KCP was a perfect decision. KCP is a real school — professional teachers, strict grading systems, textbooks – the whole package. KCP proved to be much more than I expected – the classes are tough, but it taught me how to work harder, build a work ethic, and I am coming out with many rich experiences thanks to KCP. This school truly prepares you for higher levels and entrance into Japanese colleges.

    —Rachel Burch

  • I’m a bargain shopper so I looked at a lot of different study abroad options in Japan before selecting KCP. I was slightly worried because I literally could not find any bad comments about KCP anywhere online, and that made me suspicious. … But the truth is, KCP is simply the best! I have no complaints at all. For anyone seriously interested in learning Japanese, KCP is fast-paced but really fun. I totally recommend it!

    —Laura Hicks

  • KCP’s Summer (short) term program fit my personal schedule very well. It was also the most professional and affordable program that I could find. It also included a cultural aspect to its education program that I appreciated.

    —Allison Hoisl

  • I selected this program because I saw a favorable review for it in my Japanese club’s newsletter, and I had been looking for a study abroad in Tokyo. I also liked how inexpensive the program was and how the offered dormitories, which few other programs did.

    —Katie Penvose

  • The most important reason why I selected the program was for its affordability. As a graduate, I am paying for the program through my own personal funds without the help of any university financial aid or scholarships. Affordability and value of the program were essential in my decision, and KCP has exceeded my expectations.

    —Cristina Cano

  • KCP offered the most in learning experience and was cheaper for me as a college student.

    —Deaunna Byrd

  • It was a very convenient program length/dates and the cost was one of the best I’d ever seen.

    —Kay Hood

  • Choosing KCP was largely to do with the ease of application. A lot of other summer courses required a lot of paperwork and recommendations and transcripts that are a big pain to gather. But KCP’s application process was very easy and self-explanatory! Also, the student life photos looked interesting!

    —Sabrina Greene

  • I selected this program because it allows me to use my student loans to attend, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to have this experience. I also wanted a challenge and to improve my fluency as fast as possible. The pace at KCP is challenging but helps me focus.

    —Brittany Crouch

  • I selected the KCP language program because I wanted to immerse myself in Japanese culture. I wanted to improve my Japanese, and there are glowing reviews of the teachers at KCP. The final verdict was decided when I looked up how much the program costs, and I realized that the short-term summer program is significantly more affordable than many other programs.

    —May Leung

  • Going to class every day, and the workload, gave me a sense of what living in Japan would be like. I was able to learn Japanese daily, as well as have enough time in the day to study and explore the country.

    —Shannon Lynch

  • I loved meeting new people in my classes and being able to practice Japanese almost every day. I loved living in Japan as if I were Japanese and absorbing the culture. 

    —Pei Lin

  • I love that the school is in the heart of Tokyo and that all the classes are in Japanese. Since the classes are taught only in Japanese it pushes me to study more.

    —Alice Hoglund

  • If you are looking to study Japanese in Japan, I highly recommend KCP International. For starters, it’s in Tokyo! (And who doesn’t want to be in Tokyo?) KCP is in an extremely convenient location and using public transportation you can pretty much get around anywhere.

    —Lauren Finley

  • In general, I think the KCP program is really great and I’m very glad I decided to do it. It was a lot of work, but I learned a lot, met many interesting people from all over the world, and got to have a very different experience of Japan than the normal tourist.

    —Marc Kwiatkowski

  • KCP is a really great program and I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about studying Japanese in Tokyo. Although intense the sense of achievement by the end of just two and a half months is huge.

    —Yuna Murayama

  • I wanted to be in a major city in Japan and learn Japanese, and this program had good reviews online in addition to being affiliated with several universities that I knew of. There was also a decent amount of information available online from non-official sources, which gave me good information on living arrangements and general life as a student.

    —Steffan Achtmann

School Activities & Excursions

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  • The most valuable part of living in Japan was experiencing another culture. I compare everything I do now to how I lived there; it was very different. I liked a lot of things about Japan—friendly people when I needed help, riding the train. I dread going back to driving again.

    —Joey O’Brien

  • The excellent trips were some of the best memories I have of Japan. The trip to Enoshima Island was the most eye-opening. I got to see a much deeper part of the culture there.

    —Joey O’Brien

  • Honestly, this trip was awesome. I learned a lot about Japanese culture—not only from the trip itself but also from seeing how KCP staff organized it, and how Japanese people coordinate with each other. I could see that Japanese people value their heritage and those who are interested in it.

    —Annie Mak

  • I enjoyed hearing experts explain cultural topics and share their knowledge, in addition to the excursions. The excursions were valuable—but hearing the culture analyzed by experts was also important to me. I grasped points about Japanese culture that I didn’t understand before coming to KCP.

    —Jessica Funtanilla

  • I recommend making friends with your non-English-speaking classmates. They are the most rewarding. Not only do you get to practice Japanese all the time, but you also learn a lot about more than one new culture—both interesting and beneficial.

    —Patrick McInerney

  • Most culture classes were small, making a lot of room for group discussion and debate, which was very informative and interesting. Talking about issues concerning foreigners in Japan especially was helpful, as it prepared me for what to expect. It also gave me a deeper understanding of the Japanese people and, as a result, the language that I’m studying.

    —Katie Louise Penvose

  • Class trips were good team building experiences. With so many students whose native language I don’t understand, class trips were fun opportunities to chat with fellow students in Japanese and get to know them better. This made class time more productive because we felt comfortable and better able to support each other.

    —Steven Brogan

Classes

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  • Pair work was helpful in speaking and figuring out conjugations.

    —Lenamarie Rodgers

  • Being forced to use Japanese only with no English to help me along truly made me use the language in a way that two years of studying Japanese in college back home didn’t.

    —Kaylyn Dicksion

  • Class was absolutely fantastic; I learned a lot at a fast rate, and I learned with people from completely different cultures.

    —Erika Trnka

  • The opportunities KCP offered beyond the class experience, like school trips, interaction with people from other countries (in Japanese!), and living in Tokyo, all contribute to a great learning and living environment.

    —Benjamin Pachter

  • Being taught entirely in Japanese and having non-English-speaking classmates really helped me develop my Japanese beyond simply grammar, vocabulary, and kanji.

    —Joseph Bandy

  • When I started at KCP I could not speak Japanese, although I had a rudimentary understanding of grammar. I applied myself, and now I can carry on complex conversations with a variety of people. The difference is amazing.

    —Sara Sumpter

  • Don’t hesitate to sign up for KCP. You’ll have many good experiences, and it’s well worth your money.

    —Michael Mazack

  • Most helpful were the English support sessions. Speaking with patient feedback on what I am doing wrong or what doesn’t make sense was helpful to me.

    —Patrick McInerney

  • This program is intensive! Do not expect to spend your semester partying and having fun because you are in a foreign country. Be prepared to study.

    —Tavainya Smith

  • I found the grammatical notes to be helpful reviews of the lessons, and the English translations were well done.

    —Tavainya Smith

  • The study notebook was especially helpful for test preparation—it focused in on the important points in each lesson.

    —Lester Martin

  • Group presentations are fun and beneficial: we get to act out real scenarios.

    —Lester Martin

  • The English support sessions outside class were extremely productive. Before I came here, I hardly knew all the hiragana and katakana. By the end of the first week, I had mastered them, increased my vocabulary tenfold, and increased in my reading and writing skills dramatically.

    —Nathaniel Downes

  • The most interesting, productive aspect of this program was interacting with the culture and people. I loved walking the streets and trying out the new Japanese I had learned that day—a wonderful experience that I will always remember.

    —Daniel Huber

  • I really enjoyed the speech contest. It brought all the classes together in a vital way.

    —Amanda Le

  • The pair work was most helpful, because it gave us an opportunity to practice our new grammar structures in a smaller environment.

    —Ryan Easterling

  • The connections I made—professionally with experts in my field, personally in my many new friends, and creatively with many brilliant artists and inspiring mentors—have shaped my life.

    —Tyler Fry

  • The opportunity to apply my knowledge outside of class right away every day is something I will truly miss and won’t be able to experience often when I return to America.

    —Amanda Wang

  • I recommend KCP to those who are serious: willing to learn and apply Japanese every day! It gets frustrating at times but everyone at KCP makes sure you are heading straight toward your goals. It’s worth all the time and money spent!

    —Amanda Wang

  • The pair work is very useful for improving conversational skills; in the hatsuon (pronunciation) drill practices, we learned how to correct ways of saying words and phrases.

    —Amanda Wang

  • Drill practice in front of the entire class gave me the confidence to speak Japanese all the time.

    —Matthew Green

  • The program exceeded my expectations—I learned much more Japanese that I had anticipated.

    —Laura Gonzalez

  • If you are willing to dedicate yourself to learning Japanese, KCP is the place to be. The courses are very intense; the teachers really push you to do your best. KCP focuses on all aspects of language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening, plus the social context. Plan for lots of practice outside of class!

    —Corinne Joo Coffey

  • The most valuable aspect of the program was bringing the class together as a group. Instead of just studying on our own during class, we interacted very frequently with each other. Sitting in a semi-circle really helped that.

    —Corinne Joo Coffey

  • I expected to improve my Japanese communication skills in an immersive environment. My expectations were vastly exceeded. I learned far more than I could have imagined learning in any other setting.
    —Ryan Easterling

  • Having classmates from all over the world and using Japanese as our common language was very enriching.

    —Rachel Lanahan

  • I studied on my own from a book before I got to KCP, so I learned grammar rules and how to write, but when I was immersed in the language in and out of class, my language fluency exploded.

    —Rachel Lanahan

  • The lectures on the deeply candid topics were incredibly insightful and offered me knowledge of Japanese society I did not previously have.

    —Tanya Smagula

  • I learned more than just school-Japanese, but also Japanese for daily life.

    —Renee Disney

  • Being in a classroom where only Japanese is spoken has greatly improved my understanding and listening skills.

    —Nancy Castro

  • Just living here has been valuable. Living like a normal person, taking garbage out like a normal person, commuting, bathing, living like most Japanese people has been incredibly valuable both to my interests and to my perspective on the world.

    —Andrew Prowse

  • I found the pre-class English support sessions both enjoyable and helpful. I liked learning with a small group, and the games we played (like holding cards above people’s heads) were both fun and great practice.

    —Timothy Gagnon

  • The lectures on the Japanese way of communication were most helpful in helping me understand the culture as a whole. As a result, I now have a great opinion of my ability to live and work in Japan.

    —Ying Xue Chen

  • I found pair work and drill practice the most helpful. Pair work allows students to be creative; drill practice is all about memorizing the conjugations or grammatical forms in question.

    —Brian Walker

  • With 15 classroom hours a week, new kanji and grammar daily, and entire chapters completed in the blink of an eye, KCP clearly provides an intensive route to studying Japanese. I needed serious determination; at times, I questioned whether I could master this difficult language. Ultimately, all this was needed to develop enthusiasm for the Japanese language—and to make me stronger.

    —Brian Walker

  • I never learned Japanese in the direct method in America; KCP’s method of teaching required us to think in Japanese constantly, which is extremely important here. Because I had to speak Japanese every day to get around, thinking quickly in Japanese was imperative. The direct method was a great help.

    —Jessica Funtanilla

  • The KCP teaching staff is phenomenal. Without question, this is THE best group of Japanese instructors I’ve yet come across in my years of grappling with the language. The staff go above and beyond to make our experience smooth. My experience with KCP from start to finish has been nothing short of fantastic.

    —Alexander Brickler

  • I came knowing almost nothing of the written language. In two weeks I learned hiragana and got a better grasp on katakana. The teachers and staff did their best to help us; they gave extra help to people like me who were slow to learn. One-on-one attention and class activities helped me begin communicating. That’s when the fun began.

    —Ian Melton

  • Be prepared to study a bunch, but studying gets easier with practice. I used the long train ride to school to study kanji. Writing them in my head (without moving my hand) was a great way to learn—it really made me see the characters.

    —Cybelle Smith

  • Don’t expect your experience back in the States to translate immediately into an ability to function in Japanese society or guarantee placement into a high level at KCP. The KCP program emphasizes many important cultural usages of the language not taught in the American curriculum. Come with an open mind and accept the challenges that come your way.

    —Loribeth Gregory

  • After being immersed in the language, culture, and life of Japan, I was hooked! I am now a double major in Japanese and American Ethnic Studies. After graduation, I will teach English in Japan while I complete a masters degree in education.

    —Catalina Tiamson

  • If your goal is to become better at Japanese, and not just to mess around in Japan, there’s no place better than KCP. Through hard work you can get better at Japanese, understand more about Japan, and in the long run experience Japan profoundly.

    —David Dial

  • Studying at KCP was the best experience of my life! All of the staff at KCP should be proud of this study abroad program. Thank you.

    —James Hwang

  • If you put your best into this intensive program, you will be speaking Japanese faster than you thought possible.

    —Ryan Conner

  • There is no better place to study Japanese than where you are immersed in it, day and night; so, where better than in Japan’s capital? KCP’s classes are in Japanese, because most of its students come from non-English speaking countries like South Korea and China. Tests, textbooks, grammatical explanations, and even school announcements are in Japanese.

    —Brandi Potts

  • I am very happy with my progress, and I recommend KCP to anyone serious about reaching a higher level of proficiency in Japanese.

    —Brandi Potts

  • The KCP program was terrific! When I first arrived I really couldn’t speak Japanese, but with all the support from KCP (especially Tanaka-san and Nakajima-san), I felt comfortable. They did everything possible to help us; everyone genuinely cared. I recommend KCP to anyone, whether absolute beginner or almost fluent, who is considering studying language in Japan.

    —Phillip Buschang

  • Being in a class almost entirely full of students who could not speak English was very helpful, as it forced me to communicate in Japanese in order to make friends. It also forced me to think about all of the things I was learning in Japanese, rather than translating them in my head from Japanese to English.

    —Erin Longstreet

  • I expected to be able to hold basic conversations in Japanese by the end of the program, but I was actually surprised. I became able to participate in quite complex conversations with most of my Japanese friends.

    —Bryan Metz

  • The speech contest was extremely fun and high-energy. All of the students had a chance to try hard, perform for each other and the Sensei, and bond.

    —Elizabeth Brown

  • Very good to introduce the business behind anime and manga (it’s a big part of their success) and see the people responsible for creating such wondrous things.

    —Alexander Maurico

  • I recommend KCP to those who are willing to reach down deep within to gain a better understanding of the global village.

    —Kareem Douglas

  • Pair work gave us more time to converse in Japanese, which improves skill level and confidence. Role playing reinforces vocabulary and speech patterns used on a daily basis. Drill practice forced me to answer without thinking too hard about what I was trying to say. In other words, it helped me think more naturally in Japanese.

    —Emily Cole

  • KCP is a fantastic – but rigorous – program. I had to be prepared to work hard and put in extra hours to succeed, much more than most any class in the States. However, it certainly doesn’t feel as though any of my work is going to waste – quite the opposite. Because I get to use my newly-learned skills regularly outside of class, I feel very satisfied after every lesson and come back ready for more. It’s difficult, it’s fast paced, but in the end it pays off extraordinarily well.

    —Katie Louise Penvose

  • The culture class lectures provided a lot of insight not only into Japanese culture, but also into opinions the Japanese people have about their own lives.

    —Shelley Mayumi Sakuda

  • The most valuable aspect of the program was bringing the class together as a group. Instead of just studying on our own during class, we interacted very frequently with each other. Sitting in a semi-circle really helped that.

    —Corinne Joo Coffey

  • The practice worksheets were very helpful in helping me find my weak points.

    —Erika Trnka

  • Class was productive and interesting. The reading comprehension materials and in-class essays helped us synthesize knowledge gained from the various teaching components (kanji, grammar, communication styles, etc).

    —Jeffrey Friedman

  • The most helpful thing was the manner of teaching completely in Japanese, including all of the textbooks.

    —Sarah Miles

  • Pair work has been the most helpful for me— within these interactions I can see the Japanese that I just learned come to life as it enters another person’s ear and triggers a response. To me that is truly speaking a language.

    —Alberto Ossorio

  • The best aspect is how quickly the class moves. Also, offering activities that allow students to meet native Japanese speakers is a very good idea (e.g., the curry class). I’d rather have more events like this even than tour-excursions, because meeting native speakers and befriending them can open up far more opportunities.

    —Anthony Patton

  • The most productive aspect was speaking Japanese in and outside of class. It helped concrete the information for me so that I could think on my feet right away in situations where I needed to respond quickly.

    The grammar notes were extremely helpful for giving examples of new material. Pair work during class was really helpful as well, because it forced me to speak with people. It also gave me chances to catch not only my mistakes but others’ as well, so we were all helping each other become more fluent.

    —Benjamin DeAngelis

  • The most productive aspects were the classes themselves. Speaking only in Japanese is far more effective than speaking partly in English and in Japanese as in America.

    The explanations of the different kanji writing strokes and the stroke order were incredibly helpful. That was not taught in any American schools I went to over the five years I have studied Japanese.

    —Brittni Hedstrom

  • I love that the school is in the heart of Tokyo. And since the classes are taught only in Japanese it pushes me to study more.

    —Alice Hoglund

  • Actually, tests were very helpful. They provide the pressure for me to study more extensively the material we were given, and any questions I got wrong helped point out to me what concepts I needed to strengthen or had memorized incorrectly.

    —Jennifer Wu

  • I found the pair work with the students who don’t speak English to be helpful because I have no choice but to speak Japanese.

    —Joy Dabney

  • Being a speaker made the speech contest a very rewarding experience, especially because it meant I got extra instruction on my pronunciation.

    —Justin Grubbs

  • We’re surrounded by students who work really hard and teachers who expect a lot from us. It’s a great environment to learn in.

    —Matt Henry

Faculty & Staff

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  • Many people say that Suzuki-sensei is kowaii (tough), but I like her very much: she does not allow us to get away with being lazy, and she is very kind and patient when help is needed. She exudes strength and I respect her very much. I like her sense of humor.

    —Erika Trnka

  • Komae-sensei is sweeter than sugar! When I had great difficulty and became frustrated, she was always very patient and reassuring. I felt very comfortable approaching her with questions. She has a very maternal feel.

    —Erika Trnka

  • Takatsu-sensei was by far the best kanji teacher: he draws all sorts of little pictures to help students remember the meanings of the kanji. His kanji practice method is highly effective for me. Takatsu-sensei’s pictures illustrated many important grammar points.

    —Erika Trnka

  • Kono-sensei is amazing! She is very animated and makes learning Japanese fun. She is very detailed in her explanations.

    —Bradley Pence

  • Kagisawa-sensei is especially helpful if I don’t understand something. She is very fair and she truly cares about her students.

    —Bradley Pence

  • Moronaga-sensei has an incredible ability to make class time interesting, even when she packs in a lot of work. She’s excellent at explaining the finer details of grammar (such as tame and you ni).

    —Dede Tete-Rosenthal

  • Kato-sensei is very helpful when the class or textbooks are not quite as clear as one might want.

    —Katharine Samson

  • Moronaga-sensei is strict but has a sharp wit. Her classes are always fun and comfortable.

    —Nicholas Pandza

  • Ujike-sensei is very cheerful—her English support sessions were always very relaxed and time passed quickly. It’s impossible not to have a smile around Ujike-sensei: she has been called “The genkiest (highest energy) teacher ever to genki.”

    —Nicholas Pandza

  • I liked all my teachers, but I most highly recommend Takatsu-sensei. He always had really good tricks for remembering kanji, and I always appreciated his explanations.

    —Julie Bandeau

  • Ujike-sensei, Moronaga-sensei, Suzuki-sensei, and Katayama-sensei were especially great.

    —Denton Clark

  • Katayama-sensei was well organized, helpful, interesting, and no-nonsense. I heartily recommend him.

    —Sara Sumpter

  • Nikaidou-sensei is really great—he has a lot of life experience and this makes class interesting and fun.

    —Cybelle Smith

  • I recommend Suziki-sensei because she has a good sense of humor, is understanding, and is easy to get along with.

    —Michael Mazack

  • Kagesawa-sensei was especially good at getting students active and involved in class.

    —Sumiko Chambers

  • I single out Kamisaka-sensei because, honestly, she is the best teacher I’ve ever had. She works really well with struggling students and devotes her time to help us. She is very patient, caring, and approachable, not to mention fun to be around. She is a sweetheart.

    —Lester Martin

  • Saito-sensei and Kamisaka-sensei were both spectacular teachers, with a real knack for connecting with us and presenting material clearly (even in the beginning, when I barely understood a word of Japanese).

    —Nathan Walker

  • I loved all of my instructors. I highly recommend Katou-sensei (English support), Suzuki-sensei, Mori-sensei, and Toukai-sensei. Every other instructor I have approached has been helpful.

    —Ashley Blazina

  • Kato-sensei’s English support class is a most helpful resource for U.S. students: she explains the material so well, and she’s amazingly patient.

    —Minh Chu

  • Sumi-sensei is wonderful. She seems harsh at first, but as you get to know her you’ll realize how sweet she really is. She’s also incredibly intelligent.

    —Daniel Lambert

  • Kamisaki-sensei was one of my teachers during the week-long preparation/review period, but even then she always made class interesting.

    —Ryan Easterling

  • Konno-sensei was my Wednesday teacher. I enjoyed every class, thanks to the way she brought her great sense of humor to us and let us have fun with the Japanese we were practicing.

    —Ryan Easterling

  • Moronaga-sensei always encouraged me to push myself harder, was always extremely helpful with any questions, and always made class enjoyable.

    —Travis McTighe

  • I highly recommend Mamiya-sensei. In a class that could be tedious, she was incredibly entertaining and engaging.

    —Matthew Wujek

  • Konno-sensei is lively, pleasant, gets everyone involved, and often deviates from the textbook with real-life scenarios that we discuss in class. Her method of teaching kanji helped me most to remember what we learned.

    —Allison Gower

  • Both Kawamura-sensei and Anraku-sensei always came prepared and kept me motivated in class.

    —Benjamin Weber

  • Suzuki-sensei’s kind patience helped bring my stress down; I did better when she was teaching. Other teachers saw me struggle and hovered around me, trying to be helpful, but it stressed me more. Suzuki-sensei knew how to offer me help at the right times without hovering.

    —Rachel Lanahan

  • I was astounded by the quality of all my teachers here at KCP. Kikuchi-sensei is great at explaining things or acting out scenarios to make them understandable.

    —Chester Ong

  • Horikoshi-sensei is especially good at getting everybody involved and interested. Konno-sensei uses her good sense of humor to make learning and is especially skilled at drawing pictures for comprehension.

    —Chester Ong

  • Yamada-sensei is easy to talk to—great at giving examples and alternate ways of explaining things.

    —Alana Hall

  • Takahashi-sensei is very kibishii, which means she will point out even small mistakes that most teachers ignore. So we end up learning proper Japanese.

    —Bianca Granato

  • Watanebe-sensei was very helpful and kept me interested in class.

    —Cameron Hempstead

  • Moronaga-sensei is so invested in her students.

    —Sarah Christofersen

  • Suzuki-sensei spoke so clearly and was very easy to understand. She was also very good at controlling the class and getting wild students to shut up.

    —Timothy Gagnon

  • Moronaga-sensei is simultaneously the most fun and most effective teacher I have ever had.

    —Daryl Wing

  • The three instructors I had, Tozawa-sensei, Suzuki-sensei, and Sugimoto-sensei, were all excellent. They were able to engage the whole class in each session, creative in explaining material, and patient when we needed time to fully understand.

    —Jessica Funtanilla

  • Moronaga-sensei gets top accolades from me. In terms of helpfulness, approachability, concern for student welfare and participation, and overall effectiveness at classroom management, she was unequivocally the very best there was.

    —Alexander Brickler

  • Imai-sensei is by far the most interesting and entertaining of my instructors—very animated and quick-witted, while still accomplishing goals very efficiently.

    —Owen Cooper

  • Saitou-sensei is an amazing teacher. Not only is he extremely open with the students, but he brings a wonderful energy to the classroom. He makes us comfortable and compliments us when we improve. Every class I had with Saitou-sensei was, frankly, awesome.

    —Valerie Taylor

  • Takahashi-sensei could quite possibly be the best teacher I’ve ever had.

    —Steven Z. Edwards

  • The backbone of any school is its teachers, and KCP’s are some of the finest. They go out of their way to see that we truly understand. They are always available to give help and answer questions. They arrive at school early and stay late.

    —David Bracewell

  • The teachers are extremely organized, knowledgeable, and dedicated people who are always available for questions. I appreciated knowing that my learning was truly important to the teachers.

    —Brandi Potts

  • Hands down, my favorite thing about KCP is the teachers and staff. The teachers made the whole experience enjoyable. I hate paying for teachers who don’t teach well. At KCP, every single teacher who taught my classes was great. It wasn’t just about getting through today’s lesson; they made sure everyone understood the material. Tanaka, Michiko, and Ryuhei were always in the office to help anyone. Their kindness will not be forgotten.

    —Beatriz Gonon

  • The KCP teaching staff is phenomenal. Without question, this is THE best group of Japanese instructors I’ve yet come across in my years of grappling with the language. The staff goes above and beyond to make our experience smooth. My experience with KCP from start to finish has been nothing short of fantastic.

    —Alexander Brickler

  • I was surprised by how much I LOOKED FORWARD to class every day. The teachers were all incredibly helpful and have great personalities. This was the best decision I’ve made in my learning of Japanese.

    —Grant Willey

  • Kamisaka-sensei has a vibrant energy that engages the entire class, and she encourages group activities, bringing students closer to their classmates. Takatsu-sensei’s sense of humor keeps the lessons light and enjoyable and helps us remember the material.

    —Loribeth Gregory

  • Shoji-sensei was ichiban jouzu (the best) in kanji. Her way of drawing and explaining them was always meaningful.

    —Olena Bolila

Leisure Time

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  • See the sites and use your newly learned Japanese. I would recommend traveling with your fellow classmates. That’s not only safer, but more fun. I’ve spent almost every weekend with my friends.

    —Mary Alania

  • Making Japanese friends is the key to enjoying yourself. Japan is such an easy country to travel in that it would be very unfortunate to spend all your time in one location.

    —Sam Piehl

  • Make the most out of your time. Budgeting leisure time with studying time is difficult but very manageable. Just make sure to plan things out ahead of time.

    —Minh Chu

  • Hang out with your new foreign friends outside of class. Try to experience as much as you can of Japan; don’t worry too much about just studying, especially if you will only be here for a term or two.

    —Justin Hall

  • Spend your free time with Japanese people! Make Japanese friends in Tokyo and hang out with them. They’ll know what’s fun.

    —Daniel Lambert

  • Don’t try to do everything. There are myriad things to see and do in Tokyo, let alone Japan, and trying to do too much can cause unnecessary stress. Relax, enjoy the everyday, and allow yourself to experience the smaller details of Japanese life.

    —Loribeth Gregory

  • I traveled throughout most of mainland Japan during long holiday breaks. It was really good and informative for me. It can get expensive, so plan your trip carefully.

    —Trisna Gozali

  • I had a lot of fun hanging out with the other KCP students, listening to music, and just watching the world go by at coffee shops and eateries. All this provided insight into Japanese daily life instead of a tourism-centered experience.

    —Naomi Weeks

  • I recommend making friends with your non-English-speaking classmates. They are the most rewarding. Not only do you get to practice Japanese all the time, but you also learn a lot about more than one new culture—both interesting and beneficial.

    —Patrick McInerney

Support

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  • Tanaka-san and Utami-san are fantastic: approachable, sympathetic, and knowledgeable. I could take any problem to them, and receive an answer to every question. They are extraordinary assets to the program.

    —Sara Sumpter

  • The English support at school was great. I talked to the support staff almost every day; they’re very friendly.

    —Joseph Bandy

  • Utami-san really helped me out when she accompanied me to a nearby clinic. Tanaka-san is also very helpful and professional.

    —Cybelle Smith

  • The support staff were awesome! I got a lot of help from my student coordinators. They were always there when I needed them, and that’s great.

    —Tavainya Smith

  • I especially appreciated the support staff when I was sick. They made everything a million times easier.

    —Brielle Graham

  • The office staff were incredible. Tanaka-san and Michiko-san were very involved with the American students, following up on any problems. They escorted me to doctors (more than once) and helped me get my medication. Without their kindness, I would’ve been in a lot of trouble.

    —Sam Piehl

  • The staff are wonderful—very approachable. They are genuinely interested in the students’ wellbeing and in how they are adjusting to living in a new country.

    —Joyce Fan

  • Utami-san and Tanaka-san are very helpful and always check up on us to make sure we are on task! I’m very grateful that there are English support services to help us with or questions and problems.

    —Amanda Wang

  • Tanaka-san and Michiko-san are awesome! Everyone else is really friendly too. If you ever have a question, go see them!

    —Alex Harris

  • KCP has excellent support for students—the fun and extremely helpful English-speaking staff members as well as a kind, knowledgeable English support teacher. The Japanese teachers made themselves available to help students both after class and in the offices.

    —Rachel Lanahan

  • Tanaka-san and Utami-san do a great job! They are very approachable and go out of their way to help students.

    —Bianca Granato

  • The student office for U.S. students was wonderfully helpful, both with school affairs and in helping to arrange activities and connections unrelated to KCP. I truly appreciated this help.

    —Tyler Fry

  • The support faculty is very friendly and helpful. Speak with them early and often, and don’t be hesitant to approach them with problems.

    —Daniel Ritchie

  • Tokyo is in the thick of things. The school is in a very good, central location. The staff is hugely helpful not only with school issues, but with any issues about life in Japan.

    —Salome Sherrer

Living Arrangements

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  • I loved living at Risa Nakameguro. In particular, the dorm managers—the Nakamuras—were incredibly helpful and welcoming. I felt as if I had always lived there and was continually comfortable. I cannot recommend them enough.

    —Sara Sumpter

  • I was very pleased with the arrangements. I really liked having my own kitchen, bathroom, and fridge.

    —Sumiko Chambers

  • I was very pleased with the general living arrangements, particularly because my dorm was in the center of Tokyo and I had the most wonderful dorm manager—someone I wish could be a KCP teacher.

    —Penn Pantumsinchai

  • The living arrangement was very convenient. I liked having everything in my own room. The ryo (dorm) was within walking distance of the station.

    —Amanda Wang

  • I was really pleased with the living arrangement. The place was very clean, and my kind manager helped out in all different ways.

    —Trisna Gozali

  • I really liked living in Yokohama! It was a really great dorm and the staff were so nice! The other people who lived me with were really nice as well. We always got to use our Japanese, and the other residents helped a lot with our Japanese.

    —Alexander Harris

  • I really liked the interaction I have had with the other students in the dorm. I had no problems at all.

    —Evan Mitchell

  • Ikebukuro is a good location and the dorm is very nice. I appreciated my own bathroom and cooking area. Plus, having 7-Eleven so close was very convenient.

    —Anna Coffey

  • The dorm was clean, food was excellent, and my dorm mates were very friendly. The dorm was a great way to practice speaking Japanese with native speakers, since most of the other people living there were college students.

    —Chester Ong

  • Hiyoshi student house was amazing because I was living with 800 Japanese students.

    —Jarrad Jinks

  • I cannot emphasize enough the benefits of staying with a host family. I stayed with an absolutely wonderful family, and even now, a year later, I have kept in contact with them via letters and presents to the children.

    —Kevin Egan

  • I stayed with a Japanese host family, so I was able to develop my conversational skills both at school and at home. The family spoke almost nothing but Japanese to me and helped me with any impromptu questions in a very friendly, informative way.

    —Brandi Potts

  • The homestay experience is a great way to see Japanese daily life and to become a part of it. I had to give up some independence and take part in my family (including curfews, chores, etc.), but was completely worth it. For using my language, it was great.

    —Scott Cook

  • The living arrangements were highly satisfactory, I experienced no problems whatsoever. I really liked how cheap the meals offered at the dorm are. For students on a budget like me, a cheap, nutritional dinner is incredibly nice to have available.

    —Nathan Wong

  • The dorm manager and all dorm staff were pleasant and eager to help the residents with any query. The cafeteria chef, especially, always made a point of conversing in Japanese with us, which helped in learning Japanese.

    —Emerald Sargent

  • I am completely in love with Azeria Kasai dorm and the adorable people who run it. My favorite part of every day is eating dinner together with everyone in the dining room. The KCP students who live here get along extremely well, and Shiraishi ojii-san and obaa-san are the most generous, friendly people ever! They always talk with us (great Japanese practice), and we’ve even had parties together. Last weekend we all watched fireworks on the roof. The other tenants in the dorm are friendly too. I love the single rooms, well-equipped with everything I’d ever need. If I had the choice, I would never leave this place.

    —Sabrina Greene

  • The most memorable experience was my homestay in Japan. This was the first time that I stayed with a foreign family for a long period; it was enjoyable practicing Japanese with my host mom and getting used to a Japanese lifestyle in a Japanese house.

    —James Hwang

  • I’m very pleased with the Kasai dorm. Everyone was very nice. The rooms were fantastic. I loved being able to see the Ferris wheel from my balcony! No problems at all.

    —Samantha Butler

  • The Kasairinkaikoen dorm manager was always there to lend a hand and was good practice for Japanese, as he spoke very little English. The dorm was quiet, so it allowed plenty of study time. Convenience was favorable, as the trains from the dorm to school allowed me to go to other places too without finding a new subway to take. The area also has many shops, including a produce store with decent prices.

    —Chelsea Rothe

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Student Life

Past and present students share their thoughts and experiences on studying in Japan.

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Testimonials

Watanebe-sensei was very helpful and kept me interested in class.

—Cameron Hempstead