Japanese Study Abroad
Students with an interest in Japanese language and culture are strongly encouraged to spend a year, semester, or summer in Japan. Emory is affiliated with several excellent programs that offer a wide range of options for living and studying in Japan. Emory students who take part in these approved programs are eligible for credit towards their degrees. Many students find that studying abroad is the most exciting and rewarding experience of their college years, and is without question the best way to achieve proficiency in the Japanese language and insight into Japan's society.
Emory-Approved Programs in Japan:
Semester or Academic Year Programs:
Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata:
Emory students who attend the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University will have the opportunity to study the culture and language of Japan. The combination of a Japanese language program and various courses in social sciences, humanities, and business affords students a wide range of opportunities to deepen their understanding of Japan as well as other countries in East Asia.
Kansai Gaidai University is located in Hirakata City (population: 400,000) on the border of Osaka and Kyoto prefectures. This location provides easy access to Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. Osaka is Japan's second largest business center. Kyoto and Nara, both only one hour away, are fascinating cities with rich traditions, making it possible to explore the old and new aspects of Japan. The Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai provides quality Japanese language instruction as well as exposure to Asian Studies scholars. Student life at Kansai Gaidai revolves around a variety of centers. Classrooms, the sumi-e and ceramic studios, the language labs, and the student lounge are housed in the Center for International Education. Japanese language courses are offered in the morning, while other lecture and seminar courses are conducted in the afternoon. Students will go through an on-site orientation upon arrival in Japan. Clubs and circles in Japanese universities are very important. By joining a club or circle the student can meet Japanese friends with mutual interests in a wide variety of activities such as sports, the arts, travel, volunteerism, academic interests, and cultural activities unique to Japan such as Tea Ceremony. Click here for more information.
CLICK HERE to view Emory student Carolyn Whittingham's study abroad travel blog, "A Jamaican's Japanese Journey."
Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, Kyoto:
The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies was established in 1993 by a small consortium of elite American Universities that includes Emory University. KCJS is the premier American-run Japanese studies program with a top professor from the member universities teaching there every semester. Students usually study for the full year, but occasionally a student is accepted for one semester only.
KCJS is based at the Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University located just north of the Imperial Palace in the center of Kyoto. The KCJS has program offices, classrooms, a student lounge, and a library, and its students have access to other Doshisha facilities.
Founded in 1875, Doshisha University is renowned as a prominent private educational institution with a long history of tradition in Japan. It is comprised of 11 faculties, 31 departments, the Center for Japanese Language and Culture, and 13 graduate schools including two professional graduate schools, and has a student body of over 26,000 students. Because of its commitment to internationalization, Doshisha has been designated as one of 30 national centers for global education by the Japanese government.
Kyoto, the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868, is one of the most beautiful of all Japanese cities. Located in the geographic center of Japan, it was the imperial capital of the nation for almost one thousand years. Kyoto is surrounded by forested mountains, and several rivers run through the city. The many Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, ancient palaces, and arts and crafts centers blend well into the life of a modern, high tech city.
The distinctive KCJS program skillfully integrates the cultural and material resources of the Kyoto area into its curriculum, which centers on the development of sophisticated control of the Japanese language. One major weekend trip per semester is offered along with many local group field excursions and guest lectures. Students are also encouraged to participate in university "circles" or clubs that are an integral part of student life in Japan. Private lessons are available in the study of Tea Ceremony, martial arts, flower arranging and other unique Japanese art forms.
An integral component of the Japanese language program is the Community Involvement Project (CIP) which is designed to support Japanese language learning through integration with the local community. All students pursue a personal interest by participating in volunteer work, joining an activity circle, or privately studying Japanese art with a mentor. The CIP provides a framework for students to become involved in these activities by focusing on how to build networking skills and how to manage cross-cultural encounters, and through group sessions, reports, and presentations, encouraging students to reflect on these experiences.
Courses: KCJS provides a rigorous academic program. Each semester, students take a double course in Japanese language taught by experienced full-time instructors. Each academic year, nine or ten courses in the humanities and social sciences are taught in English by leading Japanese and American professors, including the KCJS Director and a KCJS Professor from one of the consortium universities. Independent Study courses may also be arranged. Click here to read Emory undergrad. Courtney Crouch's blog chronicling her experiences during the Fall, 2011 semester at KCJS.
Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya:
Kwansei Gakuin University is a private university offering degrees through the Ph.D. level in 30 disciplines. It is located in Nishinomiya, a residential city of 450,000 between Osaka and Kobe. Students take courses in Japanese language as well as Asian Studies courses conducted in English. The faculty members that teach courses for the Japan and East Asian Studies Program provide students with up-to-date knowledge of Japan's culture, society, economics, and other subjects. Students with advanced language skills may take regular Kwansei Gakuin University courses with Japanese students taught entirely in Japanese. Spaces are limited for Emory students.
Kwansei Gakuin University is a private co-educational institution serving almost 18,000 students in areas of study such as humanities, sociology, law, economics, business administration, theology, science, and policy studies. The University maintains academic standards that rank among the highest of all Japanese universities and colleges. Upon arrival, all students take part in a 3-5 day orientation to prepare for living and studying in Japan. During orientation, students will be paired with a Japanese student mentor to serve as a liaison to adjusting to the new university environment. They will also take a Japanese Language Placement test at this time. Emory students will have access to all facilities at the University, including the library, student union, sports facilities, Internet and computer facilities, and extracurricular activities. It is highly recommended that students join university clubs or circles which allow close interaction with Japanese students in sports or other social activities of common interest. Since this program is a direct exchange, there is often a Japanese student from Kwansei Gakuin on the Emory campus with whom you can meet to discuss the program and how to prepare for your study there. Click here for more information.
Summer Language Intensive Programs:
Osaka is a city of 2.6 million people and is one of the biggest economic centers in Japan. Known as the "nation's kitchen," Osaka is a Mecca of inexpensive and tantalizing Japanese cuisine and boasts easy access to many other Japanese cities. The CET Gakuin program is intensive - students cover one academic year of university-level Japanese language study in eight weeks. To provide more breadth to this highly-efficient language training, intstuctors take students into the community where they complete diverse tasks such as learning the names of food at the local grocery store or asking a shopkeeper about the store's history. This hands-on practical application of Japanese language will increase their skills in a wide variety of real-world settings. The CET Japan program is located only 15 minutes from Osaka's downtown. On campus students enjoy access to many amenities including a library with over one million volumes, computer labs, sports facilities, a health center, and gardens for strolling. Click here for more information.
Hokkaido International Foundation, Hakodate:
The Hokkaido International Foundation (HIF) Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program is a university-level intensive summer course that focuses on proficiency-oriented instruction. The program aims to help participants acquire or improve communication skills in all aspects of Japanese language. HIF's intensive summer program, consisting of well-planned compulsory and optional classes and activities, will help students to develop comprehensive skills. Students spend a total of 130 hours in language classes (Basic Japanese Classes and Project Work), the equivalent of two semesters of language study at most universities. Past participants have found this program to be highly demanding, as they needed to study for at least 3 hours per day on their own to manage homework, assignments, quizzes, weekly tests, midterms, and final exams in addition to classroom participation. Hakodate is located in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. Click here for more information.
International Christian University, Mitaka:
Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ) at the International Christian University (ICU) is an intensive six-week program in which students can increase their understanding of Japanese language and culture. Primary focus is on in improving students' language ability through instruction in all four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), with additional enrichment programs in various aspects of Japanese culture, including field trips to the National Kabuki Theater, a zen temple, an elementary school, and workshops in aikido and Japanese pottery. The University is located in Mitaka-shi (a suburb of Tokyo). Students have several housing options, including homestay arrangements with local families, dormitories, and residence in Global House, a new shared-living co-ed dormitory consisting of separate units with private rooms and fully furnished amenities. Click here for more information.