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  • Locations: Kobe, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/15/2019
Rolling Admission 09/04/2019 12/30/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/15/2019
Rolling Admission 09/04/2019 05/30/2020

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Minimum GPA: 2.7 Eligibility: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Area of Study: Art History, Asian Studies, Japanese, Linguistics Language Prerequisite: Two semesters of college level Japanese
Term: Academic Year, Fall, Spring Language Courses Offered: Japanese
Housing Options: Host Family Program Advisor: Krista Paszkowsky
Credits: 12-18 per semester
Program Description:

Konan University

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Kobe, with a population of 1.5 million people, is the seventh largest city in Japan. Known as a truly international port city, 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.

Konan University is a small liberal arts university of 10,000 students located in the Okamoto area of Higashi-nada, the eastern-most part of Kobe. Okamoto is a residential area at the foot of Mount Rokko. Konan University is about 15 minutes from downtown Kobe, 20 minutes from downtown Osaka, and 1 hour from Kyoto.

Founded in 1951, Konan University’s educational philosophy rests on their desire to lead students towards fulfilling their potential, and in so doing, to help them to enjoy fuller and richer lives by discovering previously unrecognized talents. The Konan International Exchange Center (KIEC), established in 1990 to assist all international students with orientation, classes, and life in Kobe, is the main office for the 30-40 students at Konan each year from overseas institutions.

UB students will participate in the Year-in-Japan program. This program is focused on Japanese language training, with specific emphasis on the development of speaking and reading skills. Students are assigned to classes based upon a placement examination taken upon arrival. Native speakers with graduate training in Japanese linguistics or the teaching of Japanese as a second language offer classes at 4 or 5 levels - from Intermediate through Advanced Japanese. To learn more about the program specifics, please review the Program Guidelines 2019-2020

Participants also enroll in two Japanese Studies courses taught in English each semester. Courses change each year, but topics include: Art History, Business and Economics, Legal System, Religion and Literature. Each course meets three hours each week.

Included in the cost of the program are a series of program-sponsored seminars and field trips designed to enrich classroom activities. These include excursions to Hiroshima, Miyajima, Matsuyama, and Ise, Koyasan. The facilities of Konan University are open to participants in the program, and students are encouraged to participate in one or several of the many sports, music, special interest or social clubs at Konan University. These activities provide an excellent way to further develop communication skills in Japanese and to participate in the daily flow of Japanese life.

Fall Semester Only Option:
While we encourage students to spend the academic year at Konan University to take full advantage of the exchange program, a Fall Semester Only option may be available for a limited number of students depending on the number of full academic year participants.
If you wish to apply for the Fall Semester Only option, please indicate this clearly on your application.

Spring Semester Only Option:
A Spring Semester Only option may be available for a limited number of students depending on the number of full academic year participants and the level of Japanese language of the applicant. This is a special circumstance, so please inquire with UB Study Abroad Programs if you are interested in this option to learn if you qualify.

One of the most popular aspects of the program is the homestay with a Japanese family. This helps the students to make rapid progress in Japanese and exposes them to Japanese daily life and customs, ensuring a much deeper understanding of Japanese culture than would otherwise be possible. Students are provided with their own rooms, and take their morning and evening meals with the host family.  For more information on accommodation choices, please visit the Konan University housing options page.

Learn more about students' experiences with the homestay program and Year-in-Japan program through this video.

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

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.

Fall Semester:  Early September - Late December
Spring Semester:  Early January - Late May

Fall Semester and Academic Year:  February 15

Visit the Konan University website.

Also, watch this YouTube video prepared by our partners at Konan University.

This program is currently not accepting applications.