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  • Locations: Nishinomiya, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UGA applicants only
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Academic Year
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Exchange Sponsor: UGA
Partner Institution: Kwansei Gakuin University (FICE: 920779) Type of Instruction: Internship, Lecture, Research/Fieldwork
Classes With: International Students, Local Students, U.S. Students Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Taught By: Host Professor(s) Housing Location: Off-Campus, On-Campus
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence, Homestay Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Academic Area: History, International Affairs, Japanese Language and Literature, Religion Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:

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UGA Exchange, Kwansei Gakuin University

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 24,500. Founded in 1889, the university maintains academic standards that rank among the highest of all Japanese universities and colleges. 

2019-20 KGU Exchange Program Fact Sheet.pdf

Program Location

kwansei gakuin 2Kwansei Gakuin has 6 campuses: Nishinomiya Uegahara, Nishinomiya Seiwa, Kobe Sanda, Osaka- meda, Tokyo Marunouchi and Takarazuka. Since 1929, the flagship campus of Kwansei Gakuin University is located in Nishinomiya, Hyogo. In 1995, the university have opened a new larger campus in Sanda, Hyogo. There are two satellite campuses in downtown Osaka City (Umeda), and Marunouchi, Tokyo. The lectures are mainly conducted at the Nishinomiya Uegahara, Nishinomiya Seiwa and Kobe Sanda campus.
The Nishinomiya Uegahara and Seiwa Campuses are located in the city of Nishinomiya, a residential city of 486,000 and 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 Japan and East Asia Studies Program. The Nishinomiya Seiwa campus opened in 2009 holds the School of Education.


Contact Information

Ms. Colleen Larson
Global Education Advisor, Office of Global Engagement
Global Engagement Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
Schedule an OGE Exchange Advising Appointment - Zoom Appts Available

Academic Program

Course offerings:
Read through the CJP Brochure.pdf and familiarize yourself with KGU’s new exchange program.  Start off with the FAQs in the back.

Program offerings within the CJP, include two main tracks:
Japanese Language & Culture; includes intensive language study option and instruction in English in Japan/Asia history, international affairs, religion, culture, etc.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open only to UGA students
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 and good standing at UGA
  • Completion of JPNS 1002 at the time of participation (or higher)
  • Students must be nominated for this exchange by the Department of Comparative Literature each year in January
  • All UGA students seeking to participate in a UGA Exchange Program in Japan must be nominated for study at a specific partner university by the Department of Comparative Literature.
  • 2021-2022 Nomination deadline: Early January 2021
  • Students wishing to be nominated for a Full-year (or possibly Spring) program in the following year are expected to be currently enrolled in JPNS at UGA, submit an essay noting goals for participation, specific universities of preference, unofficial transcript, and JPNS professor recommendation etc. directly to Dr. Mori in CMLT. Additional documents might also be requested.
  • Application items submitted via the GoAbroad portal application will not be used for the nomination application.
  •  This application is to be completed by nominated students.  
  • Nomination results will be announced by CMLT in mid-January and nominated students will receive additional information about next steps at that time.
  • Please consult Dr. Mori,, for final deadlines and/or additional requirements.
  • Plus, schedule an exchange advising appointment with the Office of Global Engagement - Click to Schedule Appointment

Program Itinerary

Fall Semester: Mid September to Mid January 
Spring Semester: Late March to Mid July
A Winter Intensive Option is also included for full-year students

Housing Information

KGU guarantees accommodation to incoming exchange students who request it, but not all students will be able to be placed in the accommodation of their choice.

1. Homestay
2. Dormitory
3. Stay with relatives, rent own apartment, etc. (own arrangement)

Note: Students who want to find their own apartment should arrive in Japan 1-2 weeks before the designated arrival date to make the necessary arrangements. Please understand that if a student wishes to find their own accommodation, KGU has no responsibility to help them 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. 

Additional Information 

2016-2017 KGU Contemporary Japan Program (CJP) Brochure CJP Brochure (2016-2017)   [ 6.61 MB ] 

Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials:
1 2 3 4
Accessibility and quality of health care:
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Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation:
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Academic quality, appropriateness of workload:
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Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
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Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
1 2 3 4 5
Arrangements for and quality of meals:
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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture/people:
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Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
1 2 3 4
Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
1 2 3 4
Value of the program in relation to the cost:
1 2 3 4
Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations:
1 2 3 4
Program Reviews:
Academic Year 2016 Participant
OIE and its orientation program eased many of the difficulties that were present in living in a foreign country.

Academic Year 2016 Participant
Be prepared to walk almost everywhere with the exception of faraway locations. Treat your classes as if you were taking them at home.

Academic Year 2016 Participant
The program was incredibly useful in relation to my education, as the university offered a number of classes that counted towards my major. It was a valuable cultural experience as well.

This program is currently not accepting applications.