Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) is an independent institution for higher education, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees in over 35 different disciplines to a student body of over 24,000. Founded in 1889, the university maintains academic standards that rank among the highest of those of all Japanese universities and colleges. KGU places a large emphasis on producing “global citizens,” and in 2014 was selected by the Japanese government as one of 37 out of a total of 800 universities nationwide to receive funding under the Top Global University Project. The Nishinomiya Uegahara and Nishimoniya Seiwa Campuses are located in the city of Nishinomiya, a residential city of 488,000 situated between the cities of Osaka and Kobe. The campus is located in a beautiful, quiet, and serene area surrounded by lush vegetation, while also being just a train ride away from booming metropolitan cities. Nishinomiya itself is famous for its sake microbrewery district, cake factories, and as the home of the Hanshin Tigers baseball team. The Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus houses 8 of the 11 KGU undergraduate schools, 9 graduate schools and 2 independent professional graduate schools. It is also home to the Contemporary Japan Program.
Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) Summer School offers students the opportunity to study Japanese language and culture in the heart of Nishinomiya city, creating a culturally enriching exchange experience. Exchange students have the opportunity to study alongside KGU students in classes focused on Japanese Language and East Asian Culture.
The program spans 5 weeks and consists of two study tracks. The first is the Japanese Language Study track, which uses an interactive approach by teaching lessons with “Nihongo Partners,” local KGU student volunteers who can offer support to exchange students during class. This allows students to practice their Japanese in and out of the classroom, and to make friends with local students. The Program offers language classes at two different levels, Beginner and Elementary. This track also includes classes taught in English about Japanese Culture and Japanese Society.
The second is the East Asian Study track which features classes taught on topics such as politics, international relations, business and economics to explore many aspects of East Asian culture and society. These classes will be taught by KGU faculty members as well as visiting lecturers from partner institutions. Students will take 2 courses, 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B. Group A courses include Japan and East Asia in Motion, Japanese Economy and Business, and The Japanese Production System in Context. Group B courses include International Relations of East Asia, and Contemporary Japanese and American Politics and Society. Students will also be able to go on 2 trips, one to the Toyota plant and museum, and another to the city of Kyoto.
Each track also provides students with the opportunity to participate in fieldwork and cultural activities to learn more about Japanese culture. The Japanese Language Track takes students on an overnight trip to Nara prefecture, Asuka, and Yoshino, as well as day trips to NISSIN and CUPNOODLES. The East Asian Study Track takes students on a overnight trip to Toyota plant and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology (Nagoya), and a day trip to Kyoto where they may visit temples, shrines, gardens, and get a taste of the traditional cuisine.
The University offers two accommodation options to students, homestays or a room in the KGU International Dormitory. A homestay is a great way for students to engage with Japanese culture and language, as well as experience the true lifestyle of their host country. All host families are registered directly with KGU. Families will provide students with 2 meals on weekdays, and 3 on the weekends. The KGU International Dormitory is within a 10 minute walk from the Nishinomiya Uegahara campus. The rooms are self-catering with shared kitchens, bathrooms, laundry, and a lounge. Wi-fi is also provided. Students staying in the dormitory have access to a number of nearby grocery stores and the KGU training center.