The information below is for Summer 2018/2019 and is to be used as a reference only. Updated information for Summer 2019/2020 will be available in late July. 

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 for 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 program impacts on UQ semester 1, 2019 dates, UQ students must meet the additional special conditions for programs that impact on teaching dates. 

Apply to UQ Apply to host

*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 between $1,580 - $2310 AUD. 

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

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding.


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 website

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

UQ: 10 September
Host: TBC

Program Dates

Start: 05 January 2019
End: 21 February 2019

The dates listed above are for the Summer 2018/2019 program. Dates for the Summer 2019/2020 program are TBC. 

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.​