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Semester Abroad in Japan

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  • Japanese language minors study at Linfield's sister university, Kanto Gakuin University, (KGU), in Yokohama.  Majors can study at Rikkyo University or Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, or Doshisha University in Kyoto.
  • Visit the ancient Japanese capital of Kamakura and see one of the largest bronze Buddhas in the world.
  • Enjoy kabuki theatre.
  • Earn credits toward a minor in Japanese or in Asian Studies. Participants in the year-long programs may earn credits toward their major in Japanese

Yokohama is Japan's second largest city, a major port, and a cosmopolitan center. The greater Tokyo-Yokohama area is the heart and soul of Japan's economy, political system, and culture.

Kyoto was the national capital and emperor's residence for more than one thousand years, and today offers more historical and traditional attractions than any other Japanese city.  It is now the country's 7th largest city with a modern face.

All participants are required to take or audit the appropriate level of Japanese in the semester directly preceding their study abroad in Japan.

Dates: Late August to mid-December for Kanto Gakuin. At Rikkyo, AGU and Doshisha, fall semester runs from mid-September to the end of January. Spring semester is from the first of April to August 1.


  • At Kanto Gakuin University, along with Japanese Language Practice, students also take: IDST 035 - Perspectives on Japan - 1 credit (Pass/Fail); MLJP 306 - Japanese Culture and Society - 3 credits; MLJP 307 - Japanese Political and Economic Institutions -  3 credits.
  • In the year-long programs, students study intensive Japanese language and also select courses designed for international students which are taught mostly in Japanese and require a high level of Japanese language proficiency.

     Language prerequisites - one year of college-level Japanese, two years preferred for KGU. Two years of college-level Japanese is required for Rikkyo, AGU or Doshisha.

    Housing: Kanto Gakuin Univ.: Combination of University housing and homestay with Japanese families.  Rikkyo, AGU, Doshisha: Dormitory housing is arranged by the University

    Quotes from Students
    "I loved Japan, I benefited in so many aspects. Living abroad is a wonderful way to learn a language, culture and society. Not to mention I learned a lot about myself."
    -Anne Caffall

    "I thought that the study abroad program in Japan was one of the best experiences of my life. I think the primary benefits of the program was getting to learn and engage myself in a culture that is entirely different from my own; learning a different language and meeting a whole bunch of great people."
    - Trisha Hickenbottom

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