Spend the summer in Nishinomiya, Japan studying at Kwansei Gakuin University's
(KGU) Summer School. Located between Kobe and Osaka, Nishinomiya (Hyogo Prefecture) is an ideal location to experience Japanese culture (not to mention, Nishinomiya is home to the beloved Hanshin Tigers baseball team).
Founded in 1898 by an American missionary, KGU is one of the most prestigious private schools in Japan. Students have the opportunity to enroll in the 5 Week Summer School
or the 3 Week Summer School
and earn 5-6 credits, depending on the academic track chosen. All courses taken at KGU will need to be approved and assigned an Adelphi equivalency by the relevant Adelphi department chair prior to departure.
KGU's Summer School is designed for students who wish to improve their Japanese language ability and gain a deeper understanding of East Asia, especially focusing on Japan. The program includes instruction not only in Japanese language (classes taught in Japanese), but also offers courses taught in English, including culture, society, international relations, politics, business and economics in the context of Japan and East Asia. This program allows you to pick and choose courses from a variety of electives (2 or 3 courses). Classes are taught in English, are 90 minutes in length and held Monday through Friday.
Students select one of the following academic tracks:
- Course A (for students who have studied Japanese for about a year): Intensive Japanese + a course on Japanese culture (6 credits)
- Course B (for those who have never studied Japanese language before): Introductory Japanese + a course on Japanese society + a course on Japanese culture. (5 credits)
- Course C (for those who have never studied Japanese language before): Introductory Japanese + a course on Japanese society + a course on East Asian Studies. (6 credits)
- Course D or E (for those interested in Japanese culture): An East Asian Studies course + a course in Japanese culture (5 credits)
- Course F (for those interested in economy, politics and business): Courses in Intensive East Asian Studies (6 credits)
Visit the KGU Summer School website
for updated course offerings and descriptions.
KGU offers housing in a dormitory or with a host family that lives within one hour of KGU. Living with a host family is an excellent way to learn about Japanese culture and language. Find more information on all housing options here
Extracurricular Activities & Excursions
KGU arranges many ways to engage with Japanese culture, including classes in calligraphy, kyo yuzen dyed fabrics, cooking, and origami. Students also have a chance to engage with Japanese students (Nijongo Partners) who assist with Japanese language skills, attend a Hanshin Tigers baseball game and take a half-day tour of Kobe. Each academic track (see above) offers two field trips included in the program fee. If you would like to participate in other field trips, you may do so at an additional cost. Find more information here
Application Procedures and Deadlines
- Tuition and program fees vary depending on which academic track you choose. Find an updated price list here. Please read carefully what is included.
- Adelphi students pay all costs directly to KGU. Adelphi University is not responsible for any fees associated with this program.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
- Create an Adelphi application online by clicking "Apply Now" above. This application is designed to ensure you complete all of the Adelphi study abroad requirements and will trigger an email to the Center for International Education at Adelphi University. A representative from Adelphi's Center for International Education will contact you shortly to schedule an advising session, if you haven't had one already.
- You will also need to apply to the KGU Summer School directly. Find application instructions here.
Health and Safety
- Students are generally not able to use institutional or federal financial aid for summer study abroad programs. For more information and to discuss financing options, contact Student Financial Services (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Students applying to non-Adelphi summer programs are not eligible to apply for the Adelphi Study Abroad Grant because you will not be paying tuition to Adelphi University.
- Find updated Travel Advisories & Alerts posted by the Department of State here.
- For updated health information pertaining to your study abroad destination, visit the CDC.