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  • Locations: Kobe, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: Japanese
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and mature Freshmen
Area of Study: Any, Asian Studies, International Studies, Linguistics Language Prerequisite: Two semesters of college level Japanese
Term: Summer Language Courses Offered: Japanese
Housing Options: Host Family Program Advisor: Olga Crombie
Credits: 8
Program Description:

Konan University

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Konan University is located in the eastern part of Kobe, the seventh largest city in Japan with a population of 1.5 million people. Kobe is known as a truly international port city at the foot of the Rokko Mountains. The importance of the harbor of Kobe is shown by the connection it has to over 150 different countries worldwide. As a result of these international sea links, the city is home for many different ethnic groups. Spanish, Russian, German and Chinese immigrants have made an impact on the architecture, businesses, religions and the residents of Kobe.

The neighborhoods of Kobe offer mountains and hot springs to explore. In addition, Kobe is located very close to Osaka, a commercial city well known for its cuisine, and to the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara, which offer many historic temples and shrines to visitors.

While the six-week Summer Program is very intensive and may not allow time for personal travel, students may opt to lengthen their stay in Japan at their own expense to enjoy using their new skills in Japanese language while traveling and experiencing more of Japanese culture.

Under the exchange agreement between UB and Konan University, UB students are eligible to participate on the Summer Intensive Japanese Program at Konan University.

This program is designed to provide intensive study of Japanese language at the intermediate level with specially trained teachers of Japanese as Foreign Language. Students who successfully complete the program will receive eight UB credits.

Classes focus on speaking and listening to increase students’ communicative competence and cultural awareness. Instruction is at the intermediate level (Japanese 201/202). Classes consist of approximately 15 students. The program also organizes two Saturday excursions to places of social, historical or cultural interest.

Program Schedule: June 2 - July 16, 2017  
June 2 Friday Arrival and Registration
June 3 Saturday General Orientation, Home Stay Begins
June 5 Monday Classes Begin
June 17 Saturday Study Tour to Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto
July 1 Saturday Study Tour to Himeji-jo (Himeji Castle) or Nara Temple Compounds
July 14 Friday Last Day of Instruction, Farewell Party
July 15 Saturday Rest / Packing
July 16 Sunday Departure

Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto
The first scheduled study tour will be to Kyoto. Kyoto, with its fascinating tasteful
streets and beautiful nature, is a rich repository of historically valuable structures. The
former imperial capital of Japan stands unrivaled in the sheer number and variety of cultural
landmarks designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Kyoto Travel Guide:

Himeji-Castle or Nara Temple Compounds
The second study tour will take students to Himeji-jo (Himeji Castle). Himeji-jo, also
called Shirasagi-jo, is the finest preserved castle in Japan, dating from the samurai period. It
serves as a surviving example of early 17th-century castle architecture.
Himeji Travel Guide:

A representative temple in Nara is Todaiji Temple, known for its Great Buddha. It is the biggest existing wooden structure in the world.
Nara city sightseeing information:

*On the study tours, students will study Japanese through learning historical and cultural words in visiting World Heritage sites. The study tour destinations may be subject to change.

Students will study Japanese language through experiencing Japanese traditional and cultural activities such as Wadaiko (Japanese traditional drums), Sado (Japanese ceremonial tea-making), Shodo (Japanese calligraphy with a brush pen), etc.

What makes the Konan University Summer Intensive Japanese program different from most other comparable programs is the fact that all participating students live with host families throughout their stay in Kobe. Studying Japanese language in an immersive environment helps to motivate and rapidly improve students’ Japanese language ability. Perhaps more importantly, living with a host family exposes students to Japanese daily life and customs, ensuring a much deeper understanding of Japanese culture than would otherwise be possible. The homestay experience is highly valued by students who cherish the friendships they are able to make, and remember their Japanese host families with affection long after they return to their home countries. Matching of students and host families is based on information provided to the Konan International Exchange Center (KIEC). Students should answer the questionnaire regarding accommodations carefully, to assist KIEC in selecting the most suitable host family for each participant.

Host families will provide students with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) on weekdays and three meals a day on weekends.
Applications are welcome from University at Buffalo undergraduate students with an academic interest in Japan and a willingness to undertake a rigorous program of Japanese language study. Applicants must have completed Japanese 101 and 102 at the college level, or the equivalent of 150 hours of Japanese instruction, prior to the program.

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer. 

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Visit the Konan University Summer Program website.

This program is currently not accepting applications.