Kwansei Gakuin

Kwansei Gakuin University, colloquially known as Kangaku, is a private university located in the city of Nishinomiya, which is roughly equidistance from Osaka and Kobe. Nazareth students have the choice between two study tracks that will define the main focus of their time at KGU.

The "Japanese Language Track" was designed for students who want to learn Japanese in an intensive environment, over a short duration, who aim to improve their Japanese language skills drastically. The "Modern Japan Track" will focus on contemporary culture and society through engaging in discussions and activities on various topics related to contemporary Japan. Topics include issues such as food culture, religion, the employment and education system, international relations, and natural disasters. This track includes multiple field trips where students can experience Japanese culture and society first hand.

Program Details

Japanese Language Track
Modern Japan Track
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Qualifying freshman, sophomore, and transfer students can use their SPARK Grant for this study abroad program.

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    At A Glance:

    Term: Fall & Spring

    Program Level: Undergraduate

    Program Type: Academic

    Major(s): Open to all majors, but might be of particular interest to the following majors:

    • Anthropology
    • Business and Leadership
    • History
    • International & Global Studies
    • Japanese
    • Law
    • Museums, Archives, & Public History
    • Political Science
    • Public Health
    • Sociology
    • World Languages & Cultures

    Language Requirement: None

    Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0