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Program and Living Costs

Tuition and Fees

2013 tuition and fees are as follows:

Tuition: $900 per credit hour. Students are expected to take five credit hours. Exceptions may be give for four credit hours at the discretion of the program director.

Activity Fee: $400 per student

MSU Office of Study Abroad Administrative, which includes Medical Insurance Evacuation and Fee: $500 per student. This fee is assessed by the MSU Office of Study Abroad. The fee covers the following: health insurance, an emergency assistance card for immediate telephone access to the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety; emergency medical evacuations; administrative support from the MSU Office of Study Abroad; and routine scanning of U.S. State Department travel warnings.

Housing and Living Expenses

Program Housing and Housing Fees

Program housing is located at SEEDin Kyoto Nijo. These apartments are close to Nijo Castle and a direct bus ride to the Doshisha Campus. There are private kitchens, private bathrooms, and washing machines in every room. Rent includes all kitchen utensils, all utilities and internet access. They are also close to the subway that goes to the central shopping district and many other sites. Costs are as follow:

  • For a single furnished room, the total cost for 30 days including all taxes, utilities, Internet access, and a cleaning fee (upon departure) is 132,712 yen.
  • For a double furnished room, the total cost for 30 days including all taxes, utilities, Internet access, and a cleaning fee (upon check out) is 88,884 yen per person.

Go to SEEDin Nijo for more information. There are two SEEDins. Most program housing is at the SEEDin Nijo.

Other Housing Opportunities

Kyoto is an affordable city and other housing options are available to those who make housing arrangements well in advance of arriving. Links to several affordable and convenient western-style accommodations are posted below.

The public transit system in Kyoto is excellent, and the Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University is located right next to a stop on the Karasuma line of Kyoto's clean and efficient subway system. The other subway line, called the Tozai line, intersects with Karasuma line at Karasuma-Oike, only a few stops from the campus.

Two important factors as you consider housing are that any housing you select should ideally be near campus on a direct bus line, or near one of the subway lines (the Karasuma or Tozai lines) and should have air conditioning. Kyoto can be quite hot in the Summer and air conditioning is a must for those who are accustomed to it. The good news is that virtually all hotels and many apartments have air conditioning. Just be sure to verify this. The following are links to potential housing for those who do not wish to use program housing. The Doshisha campus is at the intersection of Imadegawa St. and Karasuma St. and there is an exit across from the law school at the Imadegawa stop on the Karasuma subway line (the Karasuma and Tozai subway lines intersect two stops south). A number of buses also stop right by the campus.

There are numerous restaurants in Kyoto from the inexpensive to the expensive. All sorts of cuisine are available from western to Thai (and, of course, Kyoto has the best Japanese food in the world). Also, students will have access to the Doshisha University cafeterias (which offer good food at low cost) and the Doshisha gym facilities.

Health Insurance

Students are covered under the MSU Medical Insurance and Evacuation fee referred to above for medical care. For more details on coverage, please see (PDF)

Cancellation Policy

Michigan State University College of Law reserves the right to cancel the Program in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment. Applicants will be notified of cancellation as soon as possible, but in no case later than April 24, 2014. In the unlikely event of such cancellation, there will be a full refund of tuition and fees and the Program will help interested students gain admission to other ABA approved summer programs.

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