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Japan Exchange Programs

Study on the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University, or learn about Global Studies or Global Business at Akita International University, or live and study in the capital city of Tokyo at Rikkyo University

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Akita International University, Akita

Program Goals: Enrolling in Akita International University enables Beloit College students to 

  • strengthen their Japanese language skills in courses that focus on particular language skills,
  • expand their understanding of Japan and Japan's unique rural north in particular, 
  • live with Japanese students in campus residence halls, and
  • study global issues in English alongside Japanese students.

Enrollment in IDST 288, In Search of Modern Japan, encourages guided, independent exploration and the exchange of insights and experiences with Beloit students studying elsewhere in Japan.

  • Fall, spring or academic year
  • Curriculum:
    • Global Studies and Global Business courses taught in English and taken with Japanese students
    • Japanese language and culture courses for Japanese language learners
    • IDST 288, In Search of Modern Japan, taught by a Beloit instructor based in Beloit (1 Beloit unit)

    Note: Most Akita International University courses carry 3 credits, or .75 Beloit units

    See course catalog here

  • Housing in on-campus residence halls with Japanese roommates. Meals in campus cafeteria, meal plan.
  • Costs: Beloit College tuition, room and board, the Beloit activities fee and a $50 overseas administrative fee.
  • Eligibility:
    • 2.5 grade point average and at least a B average in Japanese
    • Beloit College requires two years of Japanese language for the program
    • Beloit College also requires continuation of Japanese language study during the program
    • Previous coursework in Asian history politics or other related area studies
  • Program highlights: Residential campus with excellent facilities and a 24-hour library, campus focus on global studies and global business, study abroad requirement for all Akita students, weekend and holiday Home Visit Program, field trips and opportunities to interact with the local community, university located in a region of north Japan known for its natural beauty and unique cultural traditions.

[Japanese Lanterns]

Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata

Program Goals: Enrollment in Kansai Gaidai University's Asian Studies program enables Beloit College students to 

  • strengthen their Japanese language skills,
  • take Japanese culture and arts classes,
  • expand their knowledge of Asia by taking Asian-focused humanities and social science courses taught in English, and
  • explore the rich cultural heritage of the Kansai region.

    Enrollment in IDST 288, In Search of Modern Japan, encourages guided, independent exploration and the exchange of insights and experiences with Beloit students studying elsewhere in Japan.

    • Fall, spring or academic year
    • Curriculum:
      • Language courses in spoken Japanese and Japanese reading and writing
      • Courses on Japan and Asia taught in English
      • IDST 288, In Search of Modern Japan, taught by a Beloit instructor based in Beloit
      • Studio art class in ceramics and sumi-e (brush painting)
      • Lecture courses are .75 Beloit units, language courses are worth more. Students enroll in 4 or 5 courses (3.5 to 4.25 Beloit units)
    • Housing is with a host family (encouraged) or in a Seminar House or apartment with other international students.
    • Costs: Beloit College tuition, room and board, the Beloit activities fee and a $50 overseas administrative fee. Students choosing the Seminar House alternative are given a stipend with which to provide their own meals.
    • Eligibility:
      • 3.0 gpa and at least a B average in Japanese
      • Beloit College requires two years of Japanese language for the program
      • Beloit College also requires continuation of Japanese language study during the program
      • Previous coursework focused on Asian art, economics, history, politics or other related area studies
    • Program highlights: Learn Japanese and Asian perspectives, immersion in Japanese culture, opportunity to live with a host family, Speaking Partner Program to develop language proficiency and promote cultural exchange, Home Visit Program, student clubs and circles, orientation program and activities.

    Read Asher's Semi-Bilingual Guidebook for Beloit College Students' Successful Study Abroad in Japan. Asher Smith '07 studied at Kansai Gaidai in 2006.

    Read Zach's Kansai-ben Survival Manual. Zachary Adams '10 studied at Kansai Gaidai from 2008-2009.

    Rikkyo University, Tokyo

    Program goals: In studying at  Rikkyo University, Beloit College students are able to:

    • strengthen their Japanese language skills by taking a variety of language courses
    • become familiar with Tokyo as a political and cultural capital
    • investigate Japanese history, society, and culture through coursework, independent explorations, and participation in Rikkyo University campus life

    Enrollment in IDST 288, In Search of Modern Japan, encourages guided, independent exploration of Tokyo and the exchange of insights and experiences with Beloit students studying elsewhere in Japan.

    • Fall, spring or academic year (spring semester does not begin until April)
    • Curriculum:
      • Language courses in spoken Japanese and Japanese reading and writing
      • Courses on Japanese culture taught in Japanese
      • IDS 288, In Search of Modern Japan, taught by a Beloit instructor based in Beloit
      • Students enroll in 4 or 5 courses (3.5 to 4.25 Beloit units)
    • Housing is in an on-campus residence hall with other international students, generally in a single room equipped with a bathroom and cooking area.
    • Costs: Beloit College tuition, the Beloit activities fee, and a $50 overseas administrative fee. Accommodation fees are paid directly to Rikkyo University, and are approximately the cost of accommodation on the Beloit College campus. In lieu of paying board charges to Beloit, students purchase or cook their meals themselves.
    • Eligibility:
      • 3.0 GPA and at least a B average in Japanese
      • Beloit College requires two years of college-level Japanese language for the program
      • Beloit College also requires continuation of Japanese language study during the program
      • Previous coursework focused on business, economics, history, politics or other related area studies
    • Program highlights: Learn Japanese and Asian perspectives, immersion in Japanese culture, opportunity to live in a traditional neighborhood in Tokyo, comparing perspectives on Japan with other students at Akita and Kansai Gadai, International Friendship League Program to develop language proficiency and promote cultural exchange,  student clubs and circles, orientation program and activities.

    [Rikkyo Cafeteria][Rikkyo Courtyard]


     

    Grades: US System

    • Credit Translation Table for Rikkyo, Kansai Gaidai, and Akita:
      US Semester Hours  Beloit Units
      1 .25
      2 .5
      3 .75
      4 1.0
      5 1.25
      6 1.5

    Akita International University Public Gallery photo albums

    Beloit-Asia Timeline