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 1 - July 15, 2018
||Arrival and Registration
||General Orientation, Home Stay Begins
||Field Trip 1 (Osaka)
||Field Trip 2 (Kyoto)
||Last Day of Instruction, Farewell Party
||Rest / Packing
Program participants will be able to visit two cities in Japan while participating in this program, Osaka and Kyoto. The costs for these field trips are included in the Program Fee and as such, are not an additional expense.
(1) Osaka is located in the center of Kansai area in Japan. Osaka Prefecture, which includes its capital, Osaka City and many other municipalities, has a population of 8.84 million. Osaka makes it the second most populous prefecture after Tokyo. The population of Kansai(Hyogo, Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama, Shiga and Osaka) exceeds 20 million, making it one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world.
Osaka Info: http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/
(2) 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: Kyoto Travel Guide: http://www.kyoto.travel/
EXPERIENTIAL JAPANESE LEARNING
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.
Participants of the Summer Intensive Japanese Program live with host families throughout their stay in Japan. Studying the Japanese language in an immersive environment helps to motivate and rapidly improve students’ Japanese language ability. This experience also exposes students to Japanese daily life and customs, ensuring a much deeper understanding of Japanese culture than otherwise possible. Host families will provide students with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) on weekdays and three meals a day on weekends.
You will be asked to provide information that will help the Konan International Exchange Center (KIEC) in matching students with host families. Please be aware that the KIEC cannot guarantee you will be matched with a host family that meets all your preferences. KIEC is also unable to guarantee that you will be the only home stay student staying with your host family. Please be sure to fill out all questionnaires carefully, and provide KIEC with any additional information that you think might help in selecting a compatible host family for you.
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. Please note the budget sheet currently lists the Summer 2017 program expenses. Summer 2018 program expenses will be posted as soon as updated information is available.
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit the Konan University Summer Program website.