Kwansei Gakuin University is located in Nishinomiya, a suburb of Osaka. Osaka is is Japan's second-largest city with a population of over 8 million people. KGU's location in the Kansai area of Japan allows easy access to Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara.
Kwansei Gakuin University was founded in 1889 by a Methodist missionary, and by 1933 it became a full degree-granting university. Kwansei Gakuin's motto, "Mastery for Service," encourages students to master academic knowledge and improve their character in order to help others.
The student body numbers approximately 16,000 at this coeducational institution. KGU has over 30 disciplines in eight schools: Theology, Humanities, Sociology, Law, Economics, Business Administration, Policy Studies, and Science. The university's academic standards rank among the highest of all Japanese private universities, and it is noted for its international perspective.
NC State exchange students will be enrolled in KGU's Contemporary Japan Program (CJP), which combines courses conducted in English with a program of intensive Japanese language instruction and courses taught in Japanese. The CJP faculty have extensive experience both in their own disciplines and in the field of Japanese studies. They are able to provide non-Japanese students with up-to-date knowledge of the culture, society, and economy of Japan and East Asia.
In the fall semester, students are required to take one Japanese language class and a minimum of three other electives. All classes except for Japanese language courses are conducted in English.
In the winter inter-term, students are required to take one Japanese language course. The inter-term offers intensive Japanese at the intermediate and advanced level with the goal of preparing students to take courses in the regular curriculum, taught in Japanese, during the spring semester.
During the spring semester, students are required to take a minimum of three International Programs courses and one regular course. Both Japanese and English-language courses are offered in the spring semester.
All exchange students going to KGU are enrolled in the Contemporary Japan Program (CJP). This is the link to the courses that are offered, go to page 16 of the brochure for the specific course listings.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at Kwansei Gakuin University. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Most students live with Japanese families who provide insights into Japanese customs and ways of thinking. Families provide breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday and three meals on the weekend. They also provide students with a room with bedding, desk, chair, heater, and dresser. Students will be expected to observe the rules and customs of the family. A very limited number of students may be able to stay in single-sex dormitories.
Exchange students are encouraged to join one of Kwansei Gakuin's 150-plus campus cultural and sports clubs. Other extracurricular activities include religious programs sponsored by the Christian Center and monthly coffee hours for faculty and students. Additionally, the moderate climate and the natural beauty of coast and mountains encourages outdoor recreation.
Nishinomiya's extensive public transportation system allows students to get around independently. Students can arrange easy one-day trips to Kyoto, Nara, and the castle city of Himeji.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.
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International Students studying at Kwansei Gakuin University have been granted permission to reside in Japan for the purpose of receiving a university education.While residing in Japan, several procedures must be completed based on the “Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act” and the “Alien Registration Act”. For more information, please visit this link.
Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad such as applying to outside scholarships ( specific to Japan are the JASSO Scholarship and Bridging Scholarships), and starting a funding page.
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