Osaka / Kobe, Japan

Course Information

Osaka / Kobe, Japan | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Areas of Study at Kwansei Gakuin University

Through our agreement with the Kwansei Gakuin University, an array of courses will be made available for you to take. Areas of study believed to be of most interest to USAC students are included below as a sample of what the university offers. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by the host university.

  • You will enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours; although a maximum of 16 credits is allowed we recommend you enroll in 12-14 credits in order to have time to experience the local culture and develop friendships with locals.
  • Courses are taught in English but courses in Japanese are available for advanced-level students(note that the Japanese course dates may differ from the USAC schedule).
  • Kwansei Gakuin offers two course tracks to study abroad students: Japanese Language Track or the Modern Japan Track. Students will choose which track they would like to be placed into after being accepted to USAC. If taking a Japanese language course, students test into an appropriate language level with an online test before departure and another test during the on-site orientation and registration. Students are expected to have mastery of the basic principles of Japanese grammar and have proficiency reading and writing Japanese hiragana and katakana writing systems.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed. Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcript arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Japan Studies

  • Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Issues in Modern Japan
  • Government and Politics in Japan
  • Japanese Art
  • Japanese Cinema
  • Japanese History
  • Japanese Linguistics
  • Japanese Phonetics and Phonology
  • Japanese Pop Culture
  • Japanese Psychology
  • Japanese Religious and Traditional Rites
  • Manga: A Cultural History
  • Minorities in Japanese Society
  • Political Economy of Japan
  • The Geography of Japan
  • The Japanese Legal System
  • Traditional Japanese Beauty
  • Traditional Japanese Theatre

Japanese Language and Culture

  • Elementary-Advanced Japanese
  • Academic Japanese
  • Japanese Comprehensive Seminar
  • Japanese Dialects
  • Japanese Food Culture
  • Japanese Literary Analysis
  • Japanese Society
  • Japanese Usage

China and Korea Studies

  • Business-Government Relations in East Asia
  • Chinese Culture and History
  • Contemporary Korean Studies
  • Japan and China Relations
  • Japan in a Globalizing World
  • The Chinese in Modern Japan

Study Tracks

Students will select which track they would like to participate in before their departure. Students are not allowed to change module tracks once the program begins.

Japanese Language Track

This is for students who wish to concentrate on Japanese language studies. This choice is intensively focused on language study and will advance one language level per term. Each term, students will select one to three Japanese language courses and two to three electives. In the Winter Intensive Program (year students only), students will take an intensive Japanese language course. Upper level students will have the option of undertaking an independent study project or an internship together with the Advanced Japanese Seminar.

Modern Japan Track

This is for students who wish to study various aspects of modern Japan, China and Korea rather than concentrating on the Japanese language itself. The focus of this track is electives on modern japan and range in topics and subject areas. Students have the option of selecting a Japanese language course, but language study is not required. If you would like to take a language class while there, a placement test will be administered in order to place you into the correct level. In the Winter Intensive Program (Year students only), students will generally undertake an independent study project.

Course Descriptions

To obtain course information and syllabi, click on the link(s) below and follow the link for the CJP Brochure. Please contact the USAC Student Information department if you have difficulty finding the information.