This program is based in Osaka, located at the mouth of the Yodo River on the main island of Honshu in the Kansai region of Japan. An industrial and business center with a population of 2.6 million, it is the third most populated city in Japan after Tokyo and Yokohama.
Osaka is home to Osaka Castle, which has a five-layer donjon as its core, on a park stretching some 60,000 square meters. Osaka's north gate, Umeda, has a gigantic underground shopping arcade. Osaka is also known for its food, aquarium and Bunraku puppet theater.
The city is about an hour's ride from Kyoto, the ancient capital; Nara, with numerous world heritage sites; Kobe, a modern port; the castle town of Wakayama; and Mount Koya, which features a university dedicated to religious studies and 120 temples.
Course of Study
This is an exchange program with the Kansai-Gaidai University. It offers intensive courses in both written and spoken Japanese, with additional opportunities to further improve speaking skills through a homestay program. Although the university is large (enrollment of 10,000), Union students are part of a smaller campus institution of about 500-600 students and some 20-30 faculty.
Union students will take four courses. Students who elect to take a fifth course must pay the extra course fee.
There are two required core courses in:
Spoken Japanese (JPN 250T, 252T, 350T, 450T)
An intensive study of modern Japanese with emphasis on speaking.
An intensive study of modern Japanese with emphasis on writing.
Students will also select at least two additional courses from the Kansai-Gaidai University catalog.
A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for application to the program; students must maintain this 3.0 cumulative GPA until the departure date for the program.
Students will reside with a host family during their stay in Osaka. Any other living arrangement must be approved by the International Programs office. There are TYPICALLY no Union faculty members in residence in Japan, creating the opportunity for a true immersion experience.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- January: Application deadline is the third Friday of winter term.
- February: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
- Spring term: Orientation meetings
- August: Program begins
- December: Program ends