The KGU Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Program allows you to study Japanese language and culture at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan.

The program aims to develop Japanese communication skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and to deepen understanding of Japanese culture. KGU students will also act as “Nihongo Partners” to assist in learning the Japanese language over the period of the course. In language classes, contemporary and practical Japanese will be acquired through interactive activities with Nihongo Partners, such as eating lunch and going shopping together. Culture classes are not only classroom lectures, but also include a variety of first-hand experiences such as a fieldtrip to Kyoto, Japanese sweets cooking workshop and joining extracurricular club activities, where knowledge on traditional cultures can be cultivated.

Field of study

  • Japanese Language

This program offers a variety of course levels in Japanese language including Beginner, Elementary and Intermediate. The content will cover language and culture studies, lessons with KGU student volunteers and field trips. For more information go to the host university's website. 

Credit Equivalent

2 credits = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if 2 credits are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact Kwansei Gakuin University for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and Application

All applicants must meet the UQ short-term experience eligibility criteria and the KGU entry requirements.

This is a competitive program. Only 5 students will be nominated to Kwansei Gakuin Unversity. Students will be selected on the basis of:

  • academic merit
  • academic progression as provided at the time of application 

Apply to UQ 

*Host applications will open in mid-October


Costs for the program vary depending on the course. It is estimated that the program will cost you approximately $2,150 AUD. 

The most up-to-date information on program costs can be found on the host university's program brochure. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding. Applicants will be notified by late-October if they are eligible for travel grants and scholarships awarded by the Global Experiences Team. Please do not rely on this funding to support your global experience.


Accommodation for this short-term program is included in the program fee. More information regarding accommodation options can be found on the host university's program brochure. 

Yiheng - 2017

This fantastic experience in Japan has really changed me a lot personally. I have been interested in Japanese culture since childhood. Nevertheless, I didn't have a chance to travel to Japan and experience it myself until I saw the global experience program on the UQ website. While learning Japanese was my primary purpose of this trip, I did make many Japanese friends and enjoyed myself when mingling with them. After this trip, I decided to do my postgraduate in Japan.






Key Dates

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program have now closed.

Program Dates

Start: 2 February 2020
End: 21 February 2020

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Nishinomiya, Japan
Credit: For-credit only 
Cohort: Undergraduate


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​