Osaka / Kobe, Japan
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Osaka / Kobe Courses - 2019 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.


USAC's partnership with Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) provides you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the study of Japanese language and Asian studies with a focus on Japan, China and Korea. You will enroll in 12-16 credits per semester. Courses are taught in English, but courses taught entirely in Japanese are available for advanced-level students. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by KGU.

KGU offers two course tracks:

  1. the Japanese Language Trackwhich requires students to be able to fluently read, write, understand and pronounce the Japanese Hiragana and Katakana phonetic scripts and pass a Japanese placement test; and
  2. the Modern Japan Trackwhere no prior knowledge of grammar or vocabulary is required. Students who do not pass the placement test will automatically be moved to the Modern Japan Track.

The regular Japanese academic calendar runs from April through December. Yearlong students wishing to study at KGU for a fall semester followed by the spring are required to enroll in the Winter Intensive Program, also.

Japanese Language Track

Students in the Japanese Language Track (JLT) will focus on intensive language study and advance one language level per term; three levels total per year. Each semester, you will select one to three Japanese Language courses and two to three electives. Yearlong JLT students are also required to enroll in an intensive Japanese language course during the Winter Intensive program in January.

Modern Japan Track

Students in the Modern Language Track (MLT) will focus their studies on aspects of modern Japanese culture and language. Language study is not required but is highly encouraged to better prepare you for life in Japan and the cross-cultural experience. You will select your courses from electives in Japan studies, Japanese language and linguistics, and China and Korea Studies. Yearlong students typically will undertake an independent study project during the required Winter Intensive Program in January.


Recent course offerings include:

Japan Studies

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

Japanese Language and Linguistics

  • Academic Japanese
  • Japanese Dialects
  • Japanese Linguistics
  • Japanese Phonetics and Phonology
  • Japanese Usage
  • Kanji and Vocabulary (elementary – advanced)
  • Language and Culture in Japan

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.