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2015 Program Dates:

Sunday, July 19th-Saturday, August 1st
Keio Academy of New York
3 College Road
Purchase, NY 10577 USA
60 middle school and high school students from Japan, the US, and the rest of the world
Program Fee:
$3,000 for in-residence, English-speaking participants
$2,400 for commuters (limited slots available; for English-speaking participants only)
*financial aid is available; please inquire


-  Greetings from the Headmaster -

Keio Academy of New York has always been a leader in bilingual /bicultural education. In 2008, Keio started the summer program as a new initiative in this area. During the program, participants from both Japan and the United States worked together in producing digital media.

Through group oriented projects, participants communicated in both Japanese and English and developed cross cultural understanding that could contribute to international goodwill in the future. Participants in Keio’s summer program could have great experiences to remember forever.

The unique bilingual environment of Summer Program 2014 will be expanded to include more academic and culturally enriching activities.

Masashi Notsu
Keio Academy of New York


-  Greetings from the Program Director-

Summer Program top page director

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience, a 2-week residential program for middle and high school students. Having worked at Keio Academy of New York for over a decade, I am proud of the program that has been serving local, international and Japanese students for seven years, and I invite you to explore what it’s all about!

The US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience offers a unique combination of language classes, video production workshops, field trips and activities in a bilingual setting. Students do not need to have any prior experience with Japanese language or culture; the program provides ample opportunity for language immersion and cultural enrichment. Every year, the program enrolls close to sixty Japanese and English speaking students, ensuring the chance to converse in both languages, and fostering intercultural friendships that often extend beyond the program.

A warm and energetic staff including teachers, residential life staff, administrative staff, and interns works closely with participants in a broad array of activities and classes. The student to staff ratio is low, with care and attention given to each of our student participants. The campus features such amenities as turf playing fields, tennis courts, a gymnasium, dormitories, and a full service cafeteria.

The program is conducted in collaboration with Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) in New York City, whose instructors guide small groups in the step by step process of video production, including on site filming, editing, scripting, and presenting.

The US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience offers young people a unique, unforgettable bilingual cultural environment where they will grow in knowledge and have an enjoyable time in the process.

Please peruse our website and contact us to request a DVD of the videos students made in last year’s program, or come visit us in person. Our open house will be on Saturday, April 11, 2015. You can also call to arrange a personal tour of the campus at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for considering the US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience as a possible summer enrichment program for your son or daughter this summer. We look forward to meeting you!



Laura Pochintesta
Program Director
US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience
Keio Academy of New York


-Greetings from the Residential Assistant Director-

Summer Program top page residential assistant directorWelcome! My name is Melissa Spooner and I am the Residential Assistant Director for the US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience. I have worked here at Keio Academy of New York for three years as a Dormitory Supervisor. Previously, I taught English in Mie Prefecture, Japan on the JET Program. As someone who has a passion for travel, I truly believe that cross-cultural communication is an important part of our world’s global future. For this reason, I am so excited that you are taking the first steps toward joining in this experience. Whether this is your first time abroad, or you have traveled extensively, this program is a wonderful opportunity to expand horizons and meet lifelong friends.

Keio Academy of New York’s beautiful campus will serve as a home away from home for the entirety of the program. Each participant will receive a roommate in one of the school’s dormitory rooms. This is an excellent chance to learn how to live and interact with students from various cultures and backgrounds. Additionally, participants are expected to develop their sense of personal responsibility. Getting up in the morning, keeping to a busy schedule, completing homework/group work on time, and being kind to fellow participants despite differences are all key components toward healthy dormitory living.

In addition to living in the dormitory, participants will also be able to participate in many fun activities that are coordinated by the Dormitory Supervisors. Generally the program starts with an Ice Breaker. This gives everyone the opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed and casual setting. Some other examples of events include: Movie Night, Scavenger Hunt, Tie-Dye T-shirt Making, Cupcake Decoration, and Create Your Own Country. Participants are encouraged to use the dormitory’s rotunda to socialize with their friends, play board games, and work together on homework/projects.

Participants of the program have a schedule that is very full and rewarding, but I understand it can be overwhelming at times to be in a new environment far away from home. As someone who experienced boarding school myself, I know that support from teachers and residential staff is essential. At the US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience, someone is always available to counsel and guide participants through this process. By journey’s end, participants are able to leave Keio with a stronger sense of self-reliance and maturity.

Thank you for considering this unforgettable opportunity with the US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience. I look forward to having a great summer with all of you!


Melissa Spooner
Residential Assistant Director
US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience
Keio Academy of New York


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