The Illinois Year-in-Japan (YiJ) Program offers students the opportunity to spend a life-changing fall or spring semester or an academic year developing their Japanese language skills and expanding their knowledge of Japan through the intensive language program and Japan studies courses. Classroom learning is enhanced by living with host families, field trips to historical sites, and various social activities. The program, which boasts a long and successful history, is administered by the University of Illinois’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures for a consortium of American universities that includes the University of Arizona, the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, and the University of Pittsburgh. YiJ is housed in the Konan International Exchange Center of Konan University in Kobe, thirty minutes from Osaka and an hour from Kyoto. Since the launch of the program in 1976, YiJ has served over 600 students in the U.S. Any university student in the world is welcome to apply.
- Tuition is significantly lower than the University of Illinois’s in-state or out-of-state tuition.
- Available for any majors. Earn 16 credit hours each semester from the University of Illinois—10 credit hours for an intensive Japanese class and 6 credit hours for Japan studies.
- Stay with your host family and experience the Japanese lifestyle first-hand. The coordinator will match you with a host family that best suits your personal needs.
- The Resident Director (RD) from a U.S. university is on site to provide necessary advice on your academic and social life as well as to oversee student health and safety.
- Enjoy field trips and participate in various art/sport clubs with local Japanese students!