• Japan
    • Osaka
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Associates Bachelors
Dormitory Host Family
Apr 08, 2024
Aug 15, 2019
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About Program

Japan is a fascinating country rich in culture, history, and a diverse environment, the combination of which produces one of the most distinctive societies in the world. The Contemporary Japan Program at Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) aims to promote a better understanding of the cultural, linguistic, social, economic, and political aspects of Japan. You may concentrate your studies on Japanese language or expand your focus to include art and culture, international studies, and business courses taught in English. Classes are small, and a variety of on- and off-campus co-curricular activities are readily available.

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Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Support

There are LGBTQIA+ friends, colleagues, and allies throughout the world. However, cultural understanding of gender identity and sexuality does vary from country to country. USAC has compiled a lot of resources to help you through that learning process.

Accessibility Support

USAC is dedicated to working closely with students with disabilities to ensure the best study abroad experience possible. You may request reasonable accommodations after your initial application is complete. We routinely receive requests for scheduling, material, and environmental accommodations for the classroom setting, which may include assistive technology, scribes and readers, printed material, and interpretation.



Environmentally-conscious students choose USAC because many of our programs are held in some of the most sustainable countries in the world. There are options to take coursework in sustainability and the environment, as well as field trips and studies where students can leave a lasting impact on their host country.

Program Highlights

  • Live and study in the Hyōgo Prefecture where you can visit local shrines, cheer one of Japan’s oldest baseball teams, the Hanshin Tigers, to victory, and bike along the car-free Mukogawa Cycling Road.
  • Within an hour of the campus, you can savor the “food capital” of Japan in Osaka, Japan’s third largest city, and visit the beautiful port city of Kobe.
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese language studies or explore contemporary Japanese culture, business, and society in English.
  • Join one of more than 150 cultural and sports clubs to enrich your time in Japan and make new friends.


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USAC Scholarships and Financial Aid

USAC awards over $2 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses.

$500 - $5,000

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

I will never forget the experiences I had

I have to say, this was the most memorable time of my life. I decided to do the year long program and with confidence I can say I have no regrets. First semester, I lived in one of the dorms offered. I had my own room, but shared the kitchen and bathroom with 3 other lovely ladies from different parts of the world. The school from the dorm was about a 20 minute trip but the sights you got to see as you walk to the school made up for the distance. The school was nice, classes close to each other and not to mention the cafeteria food was the BEST I ever had. As for the classes, if you are looking to learn Japanese, this is the place for you. I entered this program knowing only "Hello" and "Goodbye", but leaving the program with the ability to converse properly in Japanese!! Aside from Japanese, their international studies courses were amazing as well!!

I do want to say though, I kind of had a bad experience with the school in Japan. I'll admit, it was partly my fault since I should have paid more attention to deadlines. But the way the office was towards me was unprofessional and rude. I know that we re just students and technically guests in Japan, but a little bit more of respect and understanding would be appreciative.

Second semester I loved with a host family. Luckily for me, my host family lived 5 minutes away from campus. But aside from that, my host family was absolutely wonderful. They taught me how to cook, new Japanese words, and treated me as one of their own. If you ever decide to do the yearlong program, please try the dorm and homestay!!

Now for the city, or should I say cities. Osaka, Kobe, I miss you both oh so much. Both bustling and full of life. So much to see and do; so much to eat and drink (as in the different kinds of teas and soda flavors Japan had to offer). Oh, and Universal Studio Japan? You can't go wrong with that!!

This program taught me so much real life lessons. This program allowed me to see sights I have never seen before. Lastly, this program taught me that I can do anything, as long as I believe in myself. I believe that if you decide to attend this program, you too will have an amazing experience.

What was your funniest moment?
Looking back now, I got off the wrong train stop multiple times (LOL). Now I think its hilarious but in the moment you'll panic, but don't worry, as time progresses you'll get the hang of things~
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Yes, I recommend this program

simply AMAZING!

This study abroad program to osaka/kobe was LIFE CHANGING. I had a great time! I lived in an international dorm, and was able to become lifelong friends with many international students. I made many Japanese friends as well. I have met many of my friends in their home countries after the program ended!
The school was AMAZING. I learned so much Japanese in just 5 months. The location is in a good cultural hub of the country; there are many natives and international people there. The school had great facilities: a good gym, pool, cafeterias, stores, and libraries. Everything I needed was within walking distance of the dorm.
This program is great for learning Japanese. The teachers pushed for us to use Japanese in and out of class, and rarely used English.
The location was SUPERB! The city is located in between many tourist areas, such as Himeji Castle, Kyoto, and downtown Osaka. The campus was located at the base of a mountain, the top of which holds amazing views of the city! You could go anywhere in the country by bus, train or plane for a cheap price.
All in all, this program was outstanding! I will never forget it, and it has changed my life!

What would you improve about this program?
The school in Japan does not have good support or understanding of people with mental disabilities. My friend and I ran into issues with getting help with anxiety issues, allergies, or mental health issues.
Aside from that, it was great!
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