Type of Program: Semester
City: Osaka
When offered:Fall or Spring
Cost: See Program Costs page

The Osaka program allows students to concentrate on Japan and its language, culture and society, or broaden their East Asia focus through additional study of the language and society of China or Korea. The program aims to promote a better understanding of the cultural, religious, social, economic and political aspects of Japan and its neighbors. Classes are small, the homestay program is well established, and a variety of activities both on and off campus are readily available. 

Japan is a fascinating country rich in culture, history and a diverse environment; the combination of which produces one of the most distinctive societies in the world. The Kwansei Gakuin University Japan and East Asia Studies Program (JEASP) is designed to explore this fascinating country within the larger context of East Asia. USAC students attending this program have the unique opportunity to study and live in a culturally rich city.   The Osaka program is administered in the U.S. by USAC and in Osaka, Japan by Kwansei Gakuin University International Programs Staff, who will assist you with your orientation, housing and registration for courses.   

Homestay - Upon arrival, you will move in with your family. The families are located within commuting distance to the university. In addition to a private room, the family will provide you with breakfast and dinner and also lunch on Saturdays and Sundays and on Japanese National Holidays. The fee for this accommodation is paid to Kwansei Gakuin University rather than to the family. Boarding with a family provides an unmatched opportunity to speak Japanese and learn Japanese customs. Residence Hall - A limited number of spaces may also be available in campus residence halls.

Academic Calendar
Late March - Late July
Fall: Late August - Late January

Eligibility and Prerequisites

Students must have declared a major and taken prerequisite courses.  Students must have completed three semesters in college-level residence and have junior standing.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher to apply.  Junior status required. Students with no college-level Japanese may only enroll in the elementary level in the fall program. 

Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines


For Study in Spring 2016

For Study in Fall 2016

Application and $500 deposit

September 25, 2015

February 26, 2016

Please note that both the application and fee are due in the Office of International Studies. All students must attend an advising session at least one week prior to the deadline in the Office of International Studies to obtain an application.