Japanese Language and Culture Program

1.Program overview

Kobe Gakuin University (KGU) offers a short-term intensive language program that is open to the students of partner universities from countries around the world. The program’s objective is to improve Japanese proficiency and deepen understanding of both traditional and various aspects of contemporary Japan by taking classes and going on field trips that participants can experience and learn about history, culture, and society. Opportunities to interact with Kobe Gakuin University students have also been incorporated into the program.


Port Island Campus

3.Program Schedule

Summer Program: 3rd -19th June, 2022 (Tentative Schedule for June 2022)
Winter Program: 3rd -19th February, 2023

<Important Date>
Summer Program Winter Program
Arrival in Kobe

Friday, June 3, 2022

Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

First day of classes

Monday, June 6, 2022

Monday, Feb. 6, 2023

Final day of classes

Friday, June 17, 2022

Friday, Feb. 17, 2023

Final day of homestay
and return to the country

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023

※The schedule is subject to change due to the Covid-19 situation.


a.Those who are the students of KGU partner universities
b.Japanese language level of JLPT N5~N4 or equivalent
c.Those who have the English capability to follow a lecture in English

5.Number of Participants

Minimum of 6 students
Maximum of 20 students
Fewer than 6 participants will result in the cancelation of the program.


All participants stay with a host family, located approximately 30-60 minutes from Port Island Campus by public transportation. All students will receive 2 meals at home (breakfast and dinner) and a bedroom furnished with a bed or Japanese futon (a floor mattress), desk, and free Wi-Fi. Depending on the number of families that are available during the term, two students may be placed together with one family.

7.Program Cost

Regardless of the number of participants, the following cost per participant is a flat fee. All prices are listed in Japanese Yen (JPY)

Contents Cost Per Participant
Tuition Free
Activities Less than \5,000
There may be costs associated with the activities. In the case that there is a cost, please pay in cash after arriving in Japan.
Homestay \76,450
Arrangement fee: \13,200
Pick-up fee for the arrival day: \1,650
16 nights including breakfast and dinner: \61,600 (\3,850 per night)
The invoice will be sent to applicants through Nextage Co., Ltd. There will be a 3% surcharge on the total amount for payments made on a credit card.

8.Application Forms and Deadline

The following documents need to be sent to KGU from the partner universities by Email:
Sending address:imanager@j.kobegakuin.ac.jp  The International Exchange Support Center

  Application Forms Deadline for Summer Program Deadline for Winter Program
Application form &
Terms and Condition
March 21, 2022 Nov. 21, 2022
Homestay application form &
Agreement form
Copy of passport May 9, 2022 Jan. 13, 2023
Information and Document will be sent to the partner universities from KGU
  Info and Docs Summer Program Winter Program
Letter of acceptance Late Apr. Late Dec.
Homestay matches Late May Late Jan