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  • Locations: Osaka, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/29/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester GPA minimum: 3.0
Class Standing: 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Program Description:


Nishinomiya, Japan (betweem Osaka and Kobe)

Program Overview

Kwansei Gakuin University is an independent institution for higher education, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in over 35 different disciplines to a student body of approximately 24,700. Founded in 1889, the university maintains academic standards that rank among the highest of all Japanese universities and colleges. KGU places a large emphasis on producing ‘global citizens’; and in 2014 was selected by the Japanese Government as one of 37 Universities nationwide to receive funding under the Top Global University Project. The Nishinomiya Uegahara campus is located in the city of Nishinomiya, a residential city of 488,000 situated between the cities of Osaka and Kobe. The Nishinomiya Uegahara campus houses eight of the eleven KGU undergraduate schools, nine graduate schools and two independent professional graduate schools. It is also home to the Contemporary Japan Program. There are two tracks available within the Contemporary Japan Program (CJP): the Japanese Language Track, for students who wish to focus on their Japanese language studies; and the Modern Japan Track, for students who wish mainly to learn about Japan via English-taught courses in a variety of subjects. Students can only choose one track and cannot switch tracks after submitting their application to KGU. Prior study of the Japanese language is encouraged (including self-study) but is not required, and students with no background in Japanese language may apply.


  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session

  • Have the required GPA (2.8 GPA) and prerequisite courses for the program

  • Junior standing is required by KGU for participation

  • Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester

  • Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application


Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Students must next apply to Kwansei Gakuin by their published deadline after first being approved by OIS. Final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.  

General Program Dates

Fall Semester: Mid September to Late January (note: may conflict with start of Goucher's spring semester)
Spring Semester: Late March to Early August (note: follows standard Japanese academic calendar)

Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.


Exchange students choose from two tracks in their application: 1. Japanese Language Track (5 credits of mandatory Japanese Language Courses each semester) 2. Modern Japan Track (2 credit mandatory Japan Studies Course, "Modern Japan Seminar" each semester). Note: Tracks cannot be changed after a student has submitted their application to KGU.

Credit and Grade Translations

Most KGU area studies courses are offered for 2 credits, so students should consult carefully with OIS and their center director for guidance on transferring courses into a major or minor. 

Academic Policies

  • Grades count toward a Goucher GPA

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis

  • Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits

  • All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.

  • Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad

Language Skills and Language of Instruction

Language classes are taught in Japanese; all CJP courses for international students are taught in English.

Program Costs

Budget Sheet

Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program.  Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program.  You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.

Financial Aid/Scholarships
Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program.  In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.

To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:

OIS Scholarships


A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees.  Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.


The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.

If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.


Students live with Japanese host families. It is not uncommon for students in Japan to commute 1 hour each way to campus, so Goucher students need to be prepared for this possibility and need to pay for their transportation independently. Students are charged 2,200 JPY/day for homestay accommodation, which includes 2 meals/day on weekdays, 3 meals/day on weekends/ holidays, and utilities.

Will I have a meal plan?

No. Most meals are provided by the host family and students purchase lunch at the student cafeteria on campus.


KGU is located in a beautiful suburban area between Osaka and Kobe, with easy train access to each.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.   Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad.  Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.

Additional Information and Links

Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs.  Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program.  Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S.  Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports

Health and Safety

You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad.  Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance: 

Study Abroad Insurance

All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.

Students with Disabilities

Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad.  OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have.  However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests.  More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website. 

Student Identity

Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.

On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.

Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.