Kwansei Gakuin University

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  • Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses.
  • Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees.
  • Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships.
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese culture.
  • Study for one semester or an academic year.
  • Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school.

City Facts

Nishinomiya, Japan

Nishinomiya is a city located in Hyōgo, Japan, between the cities of Ōsaka and Kobe. On April 1, 2005, the city of Nishinomiya celebrated its 80th anniversary. It is best known as the home of Kōshien Stadium, where the Hanshin Tigers baseball team plays home games and where Japan’s annual high school baseball championship is held. Nishinomiya is an important commercial and shipping city in the Kansai region with the third largest population in Hyōgo Prefecture.

Campus Facts

Kwansei Gakuin University

Kwansei Gakuin is one of the most prestigious private schools in Japan which dates back to in 1889, when it was founded by the American missionary, Reverend Walter Russell Lambuth, M.D., in Kobe. The Nishinomiya Uegahara university campus is located about halfway between Kobe and Osaka in the city of Nishinomiya. In 1929, Kwansei Gakuin moved to this campus, which is designed in a "Spanish mission style" by William Merrell Vories (1880–1964), who was a missionary, architect, educator, and entrepreneur born in the United States, worked mainly in Kansai area in Japan. Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) is an independent institution for higher education, offering Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in over 35 different disciplines to a student body of about 20,000, including approximately 400 foreign students. The University maintains academic standards that rank among the highest of all Japanese universities and colleges.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • have sophomore, junior or senior standing by the semester of departure,
  • be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure,
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

There is no language requirement for the Japan and East Asia Studies Program (JAESP) or the Japanese Language Course (JLC). However, advanced Japanese language is a requirement to take certain courses within the JLC.

Academic Program

The Kwansei Gakuin University Japan and East Asia Studies Program (JEASP) is designed both to explain the reality of the country, to set it in the wider East Asian context, and to increase awareness of the East Asian region in general. JEASP invites selected students from partner institutions around the world to join a program based firmly in the study of the Japanese language and supported by a wide variety of options. These courses in Japanese and East Asian studies offer our exchange students an almost unrivalled opportunity to choose the study program that best suits their needs, either concentrating mainly on Japan and its language, culture and society, or widening their perspective to embrace the language and society of China or Korea.

Chinese Language & Culture
Japanese Language & Culture
Korean Language & Culture

JEASP Course list & Syllabi


Students have a variety of on-campus housing options, and the KGU International Office will assist with placements.

Program Academic Calendar

Semester From–to
Fall Semester* September–January
Spring Semester February–June

Financing Your Semester

Estimated Costs

SJSU Tuition & Fees 3,585.00

These costs are current as of 2012–13. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses may vary among different students, and those who will be doing a lot of traveling during the school break and after the program should estimate higher.

Round Trip Transportation 1,500.00
Room & Meals 4,000.00
Books & Supplies 200.00
Insurance 350.00
Personal Expenses 2,400.00
Total $12,035.00

Apply for This Program

SJSU Bilateral Program Forms