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For students currently in grades 9–12

Tokyo

June 22 — July 12
$8,290 + airfare

Tokyo

June 22 — July 12
$8,290 + airfare

Join us in Tokyo for an insider’s experience of the world’s largest metropolis on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons with in-depth, field-based seminars and elective workshops as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of instructors and students from around the world. Choose a seminar and dive deep into your subject matter through engaging discussions, site visits, and hands-on projects that immerse you in Japanese life.

• Hone your Japanese language skills in a class designed for your skill level
• Visit the Nakano Manga School and develop your illustration and design skills
• Meet with tech-savvy entrepreneurs to share and workshop your business plan
• Explore fashion, textiles, and techniques at a centuries-old kimono shop
“The experience was excellent — we’re just sorry we weren’t aware of this amazing program earlier!”
—Charlene & James W., Phoenix, AZ

Seminars

Choose a seminar and explore Tokyo through the lens of your chosen subject. Putney seminars combine experiential learning and global perspective, and are intentionally designed not to be like school, where learning is classroom-centered and text heavy. Instead, Putney students learn by doing. Begin with classroom discussions that frame your seminar concepts and identify key issues. Take the learning beyond the classroom with site visits, meetings with local experts, guest lectures, and field trips. Tokyo’s rich history, cultural background, and cutting-edge reputation make it the perfect setting for our field-based seminars. Cap off your studies with a final project or installation to share your work.
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Anime & Illustration
This interactive, hands-on course introduces you to the world of Japanese anime and manga. Develop your illustration and design skills as you learn from both your seminar instructor and local professional manga artists. With the bustling neon backdrop...
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International Business & Trade
What makes a business succeed in today’s market and what are the steps taken between identifying a need and opening your (real or virtual) doors? What are the key similarities and differences when comparing business management in the West to the way it...
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Japanese Cuisine & Culture
In the West, mention of “Japanese food” tends to immediately conjure the image of sushi, a quintessentially Japanese meal. There is much more to wa-shoku, or Japanese cuisine, than sushi. In this seminar, the focus goes beyond the familiar and delves...
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Japanese Fashion Design & History
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Tokyo redefined its presence on the fashion scene with the emergence of street fashion. In this course, explore street fashion’s historical roots, and the political, social, and cultural factors that helped it take shape....
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Japanese Language: Out of the Classroom
This seminar is open to students interested in developing and expanding their Japanese studies with focused and immersive study through daily interaction with native speakers. In a variety of informal discussions, language drills, and hands-on activities,...
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Photography & Media: Tokyo
Designed for photographers of all skill levels, this course teaches the basics of photography and composition before diving into more advanced shooting techniques and editing instruction. Whether your passion is portrait, landscape, adventure, or abstract...
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Technology & Innovation
With an aging population and growing demand for automation in the workforce, robots are a major focus of tech and innovation in Japan. From staffing reception desks to vibrant 3-D displays,  robots and various innovative approaches to automation are on...
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Technology & Innovation
With an aging population and growing demand for automation in the workforce, robots are a major focus of tech and innovation in Japan. From staffing reception desks to vibrant 3-D displays,  robots and various innovative approaches to automation are on...
Read More
students-conversation-tokyo-kikibaxter
Japanese Language: Out of the Classroom
This seminar is open to students interested in developing and expanding their Japanese studies with focused and immersive study through daily interaction with native speakers. In a variety of informal discussions, language drills, and hands-on activities,...
Read More
tokyo-japan-skytree-samanthashoppel
International Business & Trade
What makes a business succeed in today’s market and what are the steps taken between identifying a need and opening your (real or virtual) doors? What are the key similarities and differences when comparing business management in the West to the way it...
Read More
student-kimono-tokyo-japan-kikibaxter
Japanese Fashion Design & History
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Tokyo redefined its presence on the fashion scene with the emergence of street fashion. In this course, explore street fashion’s historical roots, and the political, social, and cultural factors that helped it take shape....
Read More
japan-students-drawing-anime-illustration-davidshear
Anime & Illustration
This interactive, hands-on course introduces you to the world of Japanese anime and manga. Develop your illustration and design skills as you learn from both your seminar instructor and local professional manga artists. With the bustling neon backdrop...
Read More
sushi-plate-tokyo_PCTOK_BriannaLopez
Japanese Cuisine & Culture
In the West, mention of “Japanese food” tends to immediately conjure the image of sushi, a quintessentially Japanese meal. There is much more to wa-shoku, or Japanese cuisine, than sushi. In this seminar, the focus goes beyond the familiar and delves...
Read More
students-posed-tokyo_PCTOK_BriannaLopez-152
Photography & Media: Tokyo
Designed for photographers of all skill levels, this course teaches the basics of photography and composition before diving into more advanced shooting techniques and editing instruction. Whether your passion is portrait, landscape, adventure, or abstract...
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Instructors

Our Pre-College instructors are accomplished academically and professionally. They bring to each seminar deep content knowledge and experience in their field, as well as enthusiasm for their subjects, a passion for teaching, and a proven capacity to connect with and inspire students. They are dedicated and caring individuals who also live in dormitories with students, sharing in their lives and fully participating in extracurricular activities.

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Instructors

Our Pre-College instructors are accomplished academically and professionally. They bring to each seminar deep content knowledge and experience in their field, as well as enthusiasm for their subjects, a passion for teaching, and a proven capacity to connect with and inspire students. They are dedicated and caring individuals who also live in dormitories with students, sharing in their lives and fully participating in extracurricular activities.

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Brian Dukie
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Laura Penalver
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Kiki Baxter
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About the Destination

Tokyo, a vibrant metropolis of 13 million inhabitants and Japan's capital, exudes an enthralling blend of modernity and tradition. Steeped in a rich history dating back centuries, Tokyo preserves its cultural heritage through awe-inspiring temples, gardens, and festivals. Embracing technological innovation, it stands as a global hub of cutting-edge advancements, symbolizing the coexistence of old and new.

Language

Japanese is the national language of Japan. There are a large number of dialects, with the Tokyo dialect considered standard Japanese.

Climate

Tokyo is warm and humid during the summer months. Average temperatures range from 75–88°F (24–31°C) during the day, cooling off slightly at night.

Cuisine

Japanese cuisine is based on rice and miso, a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans and often served as a broth or soup. Japanese food is delicious and fresh, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Typical dishes consist of fish, pickled vegetables, and vegetables cooked in broth, as well as noodles, such as soba, udon or Chinese-influenced ramen. Seafood is common, often grilled, but also served raw as sashimi or sushi. These days, Western food is also widely available, such as pasta, chicken, hamburgers, and fruits and vegetables. Japanese rice-based sweets and pastries, often served with tea, are also popular.

About the Destination

Tokyo, a vibrant metropolis of 13 million inhabitants and Japan's capital, exudes an enthralling blend of modernity and tradition. Steeped in a rich history dating back centuries, Tokyo preserves its cultural heritage through awe-inspiring temples, gardens, and festivals. Embracing technological innovation, it stands as a global hub of cutting-edge advancements, symbolizing the coexistence of old and new.

Language

Japanese is the national language of Japan. There are a large number of dialects, with the Tokyo dialect considered standard Japanese.

Climate

Tokyo is warm and humid during the summer months. Average temperatures range from 75–88°F (24–31°C) during the day, cooling off slightly at night.

Cuisine

Japanese cuisine is based on rice and miso, a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans and often served as a broth or soup. Japanese food is delicious and fresh, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Typical dishes consist of fish, pickled vegetables, and vegetables cooked in broth, as well as noodles, such as soba, udon or Chinese-influenced ramen. Seafood is common, often grilled, but also served raw as sashimi or sushi. These days, Western food is also widely available, such as pasta, chicken, hamburgers, and fruits and vegetables. Japanese rice-based sweets and pastries, often served with tea, are also popular.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Our Tokyo Campus

Experience Tokyo’s neighborhoods, museums, markets, and restaurants from our centrally located residence. With a population of 37 million, the capital city of Tokyo is a fast-paced study in contrasts, where centuries-old traditions meet cutting-edge modern technology. Meet with artists, business leaders, designers, and tech innovators and learn how Tokyo’s dynamic growth defines its success.

Outcomes & Final Projects

The Pre-College Tokyo program is designed to immerse students intellectually in their chosen seminar topic as they prepare academically and socially for the college experience. Over the course of their three-week Pre-College seminar, each student develops a final project based on their particular interests, which they present to peers and instructors at the end of the program. Display your photography in a pop-up gallery, present your findings from your International Business seminar, or prepare a feast to share with your group.

Afternoons & Excursions

Take part in a traditional tea ceremony, try your hand at woodblock printing, or join locals for a run in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Sample sushi, ramen, and traditional Japanese sweets known as wagashi, and explore the tradition and ceremony of sumo wrestling while attending a match.

Workshops

In addition to your in-depth seminar, explore other interests and topics in elective workshops offered by instructors and students alike. Tap into the unique knowledge, skills, and abilities of your peers and instructors to expand your Pre-College experience, learning on topics ranging from the best ramen ingredients to the art and history of the Samurai sword.

Guest Speakers

Gain inspiration from the experiences and perspectives of industry leaders and professionals. Guest speakers bring to the program diverse backgrounds with high-level, real-world experiences and insights. Whether a young entrepreneur or an expert in the traditions of sumo, each speaker structures their workshop or lecture to relate to the seminars and their area of expertise.

Community

Find a community of like-minded peers, invested in personal and intellectual growth. Like you, they are curious about the world and eager to have a positive impact on it. Everyone attends Community Meeting each evening, where the group shares ideas, successes, and goals, and sets plans for the coming day. Become part of a community that supports and nurtures your interests, and make lasting friendships along the way.

Accommodations & Meals

In Tokyo, we stay in an international student residence in dormitory-style suites with ensuite bathrooms. Students have access to common space for class, community meetings, and socializing. Leaders reside in the same residence as students throughout the program. Each day we begin with breakfast at our residence. For lunches, seminars or small groups may eat together either at restaurants or head to a local market to shop for a picnic. Dinners are taken in restaurants or at our residence. Please note that lunches are not included in the tuition.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Our Tokyo Campus

Experience Tokyo’s neighborhoods, museums, markets, and restaurants from our centrally located residence. With a population of 37 million, the capital city of Tokyo is a fast-paced study in contrasts, where centuries-old traditions meet cutting-edge modern technology. Meet with artists, business leaders, designers, and tech innovators and learn how Tokyo’s dynamic growth defines its success.

Outcomes & Final Projects

The Pre-College Tokyo program is designed to immerse students intellectually in their chosen seminar topic as they prepare academically and socially for the college experience. Over the course of their three-week Pre-College seminar, each student develops a final project based on their particular interests, which they present to peers and instructors at the end of the program. Display your photography in a pop-up gallery, present your findings from your International Business seminar, or prepare a feast to share with your group.

Afternoons & Excursions

Take part in a traditional tea ceremony, try your hand at woodblock printing, or join locals for a run in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Sample sushi, ramen, and traditional Japanese sweets known as wagashi, and explore the tradition and ceremony of sumo wrestling while attending a match.

Workshops

In addition to your in-depth seminar, explore other interests and topics in elective workshops offered by instructors and students alike. Tap into the unique knowledge, skills, and abilities of your peers and instructors to expand your Pre-College experience, learning on topics ranging from the best ramen ingredients to the art and history of the Samurai sword.

Guest Speakers

Gain inspiration from the experiences and perspectives of industry leaders and professionals. Guest speakers bring to the program diverse backgrounds with high-level, real-world experiences and insights. Whether a young entrepreneur or an expert in the traditions of sumo, each speaker structures their workshop or lecture to relate to the seminars and their area of expertise.

Community

Find a community of like-minded peers, invested in personal and intellectual growth. Like you, they are curious about the world and eager to have a positive impact on it. Everyone attends Community Meeting each evening, where the group shares ideas, successes, and goals, and sets plans for the coming day. Become part of a community that supports and nurtures your interests, and make lasting friendships along the way.

Accommodations & Meals

In Tokyo, we stay in an international student residence in dormitory-style suites with ensuite bathrooms. Students have access to common space for class, community meetings, and socializing. Leaders reside in the same residence as students throughout the program. Each day we begin with breakfast at our residence. For lunches, seminars or small groups may eat together either at restaurants or head to a local market to shop for a picnic. Dinners are taken in restaurants or at our residence. Please note that lunches are not included in the tuition.

Program Structure

Seminar groups meet each morning to introduce and frame key concepts for the day, then head out into the city or surrounding areas for field-based learning, putting the day’s ideas into practice. Seminar activities are supplemented by fun excursions and immersive cultural experiences.
8:00am
Enjoy breakfast with your group at the residence
10:00am
Dive into morning seminars to discuss the day’s topics
12:00pm
Break for lunch out with friends and instructors
2:00pm
Navigate and explore Tokyo for an experience-based session with your seminar group
4:00pm
Join an optional excursions or activity, or enjoy some free time at the residence
6:00pm
Eat dinner out in small groups at nearby restaurant
8:00pm
Convene for a community meeting to discuss the day and upcoming events

Program Structure

Seminar groups meet each morning to introduce and frame key concepts for the day, then head out into the city or surrounding areas for field-based learning, putting the day’s ideas into practice. Seminar activities are supplemented by fun excursions and immersive cultural experiences.
8:00am
Enjoy breakfast with your group at the residence
10:00am
Dive into morning seminars to discuss the day’s topics
12:00pm
Break for lunch out with friends and instructors
2:00pm
Navigate and explore Tokyo for an experience-based session with your seminar group
4:00pm
Join an optional excursions or activity, or enjoy some free time at the residence
6:00pm
Eat dinner out in small groups at nearby restaurant
8:00pm
Convene for a community meeting to discuss the day and upcoming events
“Every day I would wake up in the morning knowing I was going to have a grand new adventure. Our leaders were fantastic—we had very adventurous classes and workshops that brought us all around Tokyo.”
—Alexei B., Brooklyn Friends School, New York, NY

This Program is Directed by

Ed Thanhouser

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

This Program is Directed by

Ed Thanhouser

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

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Tokyo

2024 Dates
June 22 — July 12

Duration
21 days

Tuition
$8,290 + airfare

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
40–50 students, 10 instructors

Group Flight
Departs from Los Angeles


 

Additional Info

Motivated rising 9th graders will also be considered. Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

 

2024 Dates
June 22 — July 12

Duration
21 days

Tuition
$8,290 + airfare


 

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
40–50 students, 10 instructors

Group Flight
Departs from Los Angeles

 

Motivated rising 9th graders will also be considered. Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

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Alaska
Baja & the Gulf of California
Barcelona
Belize
Chile & Peru
Germany & Sweden
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Montana
Peru
Switzerland
Australia, New Zealand, & Fiji
Croatia & Slovenia
Cuba
Faroe Islands & Iceland
Italy & Greece
Japan
Kilimanjaro
Panama & Colombia
Patagonia: Skiing
Spain, France, & Portugal
Switzerland, Italy, France, & Holland
Spain
France
Ecuador & the Galápagos
Tuscany
Barcelona
Tokyo
Argentina
Costa Rica
Ecuador & the Galápagos
Fiji
Hawai'i
Morocco
Nepal
Peru
Puerto Rico
Tanzania
Thailand
Vietnam
Iceland
France & Holland
Italy & Greece
Spain
France
Costa Rica
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