Overview

Kwansei Gakuin University

City: Nishinomiya (between Kobe and Osaka)
Language of instruction: English, Japanese
  • One of the most prestigious private schools in Japan
  • 24,000+ students, including 700 international students
  • Founded by American missionary Reverend Walter Russell Lambuth, M.D. in Kobe, in 1889
  • Nishinomiya-Uegahara campus located halfway between Kobe and Osaka in the city of Nishinomiya (population: 480,000+ people) 

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Partner university's areas of study

Arts

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Japanese language classes are taught in Japanese
  • Japan Studies and China and Korea Studies classes are taught in English
  • Beginning Fall 2016, the "Japan and East Asia Studies Program" will be reborn as the "Contemporary Japan Program," with 2 tracks as follows:
  • Japanese Language Track: allows students to improve the four skills essential to communication (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) through mandatory Japanese language classes (various levels) and a selection of Japanese-taught electives (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, and pass a placement test upon arrival at KGU, though no knowledge of grammar or vocabulary is required)
  • Modern Japan Track: for students who wish mainly to learn about Japan via English-taught courses, which will be broken down into 5 categories (Art and Culture, Business and Economy, Society, Politics and International Relations, and Linguistics) in order to gain a deep understanding of contemporary Japan, as well as the underlying cultural, social, and historical background through which modern Japan was formed

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

Who can go?

  • Only Asian Studies and Arts students are eligible to apply to this partner university

  • University is known for the Japan and East Asia Studies Program

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Mid September to Late January (UBC Fall Term)
  • Semester 2: Early April to Late July (UBC Spring Term)
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • Same as UBC credits

Passing grade

60% or 'C'

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Full course load information

KGU requires exchange students to take the following amount of credits:

  • Fall/Spring: 10-16 credits/semester
  • Winter: 3 credits (the winter semester is only for 1 year students starting fall)
  • Note: Students can take more credits if required by their home university, however, 10-16 credits on the JEASP is considered a full credit load at KGU

Course Information Website

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ANTH 2nd
Title: JSC Language and Culture in Japan B
Partner course code: JSC 46606000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-05
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: JSC Japanese Art A
Partner course code: 46205000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-07
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Prewar Japanese Political History
Partner course code: 34431000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-14
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: JSC Environmental Issues in Modern Japan
Partner course code: JSC 46503000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-26
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: JSC Japan-China Relations
Partner course code: 465660
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-26
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Film and Historical Memory: Japanese and Chinese War Movies
Partner course code: 46292000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-31
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Outlaws
Partner course code: 34415000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-31
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Religion and Society in Japan (Seminar A)
Partner course code: 46281000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-31
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: JLC Japanese Culture 1
Partner course code: 51511002
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-08-23
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: JSC Japanese Cinema
Partner course code: 46207100
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-23
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: JSC Japanese History A
Partner course code: 46211000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-23
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Modern Japan Seminar B
Partner course code: JSC 46630002
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-01
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Japan's Emigration Policy and Japanese Immigration
Partner course code: 342363
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-10
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Japan's Emigration Policy and Japanese Immigration
Partner course code: 342363
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-01
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: JSC The Geography of Japan A
Partner course code: 46208000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-12
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese Regular 3-1
Partner course code: 51509001
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-08-11
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: JLC Regular 3-1
Partner course code: 51509002
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-11-06
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: JLC Regular 3-2
Partner course code: 51509100
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-11-06
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: JLC Japanese Literary Analysis B
Partner course code: 51516000
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-11-07
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Jlc speaking and listening 4
Partner course code: JLT 51540004
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: JLC Japanese Regular 3-2
Partner course code: 51509001
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-08-11
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: JSC Japanese Dialects
Partner course code: 46291000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Intesive Japanese 5
Partner course code: JLT 51542001
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JLT Research and report 5
Partner course code: JLT 51543001
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JLC Kanji and Vocabulary 5
Partner course code: 515440
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-09
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JLC Kanji and Vocabulary 6
Partner course code: JLC 515470
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-09-20
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese culture A
Partner course code: JLT 51552001
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese Usage A
Partner course code: 51554001
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-08
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese usage B
Partner course code: JLT 51555002
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JLC Writing A
Partner course code: JLC 515570
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-08
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Writing B
Partner course code: 51558001
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-09
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JLC Listening B
Partner course code: JLC 515610
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2017-06-08
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Speaking A
Partner course code: 51562001
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-08
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Reading A
Partner course code: 51565001
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-09
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JLC reading B
Partner course code: JLC 51566002
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: POLI 322
Title: JSC Government and Politics in Japan A
Partner course code: 46567000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-02
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Postwar Japanese Diplomatic History
Partner course code: 34433000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-18
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Japanese Psychology A
Partner course code: 46210100
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-17
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • Students with outstanding academic performance will be nominated by Go Global for the JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship
  • If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is considered ‘eligible’ by the Federal Student Aid Office for the year in which you intend to study there (for institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu)
  • If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange
  • If you attend an ineligible institution:
    • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans
    • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC
    • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans
    • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

HomestayOff-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • Exchange students are guaranteed accommodation, and KGU will place them in accommodation in accordance with the students' wishes if possible
  • Accommodation Options: Home stay, dormitory (limited availability), stay with relatives (own arrangement), rent own apartment (own arrangement)
  • Note: Students who want to find their own apartment should arrive in Japan 1-2 weeks before orientation starts to make the necessary arrangements
  • If required, KGU will serve as the guarantor needed to rent an apartment, provided that the student enters a special housing insurance recommended by KGU
  • Note: If you wish to find your own accommodation, apart from acting as a guarantor if necessary, KGU has no responsibility to help you with any of the procedures involved with renting an apartment in Japan - this option is hence not recommended for those without at least a high level of Japanese reading comprehension and general conversational skills

Housing Information

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