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. The program offers a variety of cultural learning opportunities - in addition to the regular language classes, students will also be able to engage with Japanese culture through participation in Japanese Culture Study classes, traditional arts and other cultural activities including a fieldtrip to a historically rich place like Kyoto.

Field of study

  • Japanese Language & Culture

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 and the host program brochure.

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.

Please review the host university webpage for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and Application

All applicants must meet the short-term experience eligibility criteria and any additional eligibility criteria set by KGU

If you are intending to undertake your experience for-credit, it is strongly recommended that you submit your application to IGET at least 4 weeks before applying to the host to allow sufficient time for Faculty to complete the credit assessment. Please note however that it is your responsibility to meet the host application deadline.

Successful applicants will be nominated to the KGU by UQ  following the application deadline. Selected students will be required to submit an online application to KGU directly. We will contact you with further information regarding the application process following the nomination outcome. 

Apply to UQ 

*Host applications will open in mid-October.


The participation mode of this experience is Study Abroad. The program fee is approximately $2,060 AUD and includes all cultural activities and fieldtrips, accommodation and some transport. 

Detailed information regarding program fees and inclusions can be found on the host program brochure


Accommodation in an International Dormitory or Homestay is included in the program fee. More information regarding accommodation options can be found on the host university's program brochure. 


New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant 


Eligible students are guaranteed a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant valued at $2,500 AUD when participating in this experience.

When you submit your application to the Internships and Global Experiences team, you are automatically considered. There is no additional application required. Applicants will need to submit supporting documentation (host acceptance, bank details) by the relevant deadline.

Internships and Global Experiences Grants

When you submit your application for an experience, you are considered for funding that is relevant to your nominated experience. Please refer to the Short-Term Experiences Funding page for details. 

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 24 September 2023
Host: 31 October 2023

Program Dates

Start: 29 January 2024
End: 16 February 2024

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Nishinomiya, Japan
Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate*

*Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only


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. 

OS-HELP Loan application deadlines close before the Summer and Winter Short-Term Study application deadlines. Please visit the OS-HELP Loan website for deadline dates as late applications will not be accepted.

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.​