To facilitate an understanding of the cultural, social, economic, and political aspects of Japanese life, UNC is pleased to offer a spring semester or yearlong opportunity to study at Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) in Nishinomiya, Japan. Throughout its history, Kwansei Gakuin University has had a strong international emphasis. A variety of programs aim to develop internationally-minded people who understand other cultures and countries of the world, being motivated to help others in the spirit of the school’s motto, “Mastery for Service.”
Kwansei Gakuin University is an independent co-educational institution offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in almost 40 different disciplines to around 18,000 students. There are eight undergraduate and nine graduate schools as well as an attached Junior and Senior High School for boys. The university consistently achieves the highest academic standards among Japanese private universities and colleges.
The Kwansei Gakuin University Japan offers exchange students the Contemporary Japan Program. Within this program, there will be two main tracks: the Japanese Language Track, for students who wish to focus on their Japanese language studies; and the Modern Japan Track, for students who wish mainly to learn about Japan via English-taught courses on a variety of subjects.
Japanese Language Track (JLT): JLT focuses on providing students with the best possible Japanese language education, allowing them to improve the four skills essential to communication: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It aims to achieve this through both the mandatory Japanese language classes, which are divided into multiple levels from beginner through to advanced so as to meet the needs of all students, as well as through a selection of Japanese-taught elective courses. Students wishing to enroll in this track are required to be able to read and write the two Japanese phonetic scripts, hiragana and katakana, by the time they arrive in Japan (no knowledge of grammar or vocabulary is required), and pass a placement test upon arrival at KGU. As well as the aforementioned Japanese language classes and Japanese-taught elective courses, students in the JLT can also choose to enroll in English-taught elective courses.
Modern Japan Track (MJT): Students enrolled in the MJT will not be required to take Japanese language classes; instead, their studies will focus around understanding and studying Japan through English-taught courses. These courses will be broken down into five main categories: Art and Culture, Business and Economy, Society, Politics and International Relations, and Linguistics. Through these courses, students will gain a deep understanding of contemporary Japan, as well as the underlying cultural, social, and historical background through which modern Japan was formed. Furthermore, students in the MJT can also supplement their English-based studies with elective Japanese language classes if they so desire.
Students participating on the Spring semester program will start in April and not with the Winter Intensive Program.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
Students can choose to 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 furnished room, and students will be expected to observe the rules and customs of the family. Alternatively, students may stay in dormitories or find their own off-campus housing.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.