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Semester Abroad in Japan

Cleansing by washing our hands before entering the shrine. Shintaro again at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura's most important shrine. The floats Halloween with the Ibunka (International) club. Farm study program at Aso, Kyushu. Building a log cabin! Graduation and Japanese traditional dresses. Kalub, Tugba, and Clemont at Harajuku doing some exploring during our first weeks. The two Buddhas.

"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


Japanese language or Asian Studies 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.

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.


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


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

Other Information

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Contact a student who studied at Kanto Gakuin University.