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Study Abroad Programs with Japanese

Modern Language students study abroad to perfect their language skills, to develop cross-cultural skills, and to deepen their understanding of cultures, societies and histories of the people who speak the language they study. 

Being in a host family and actively participating in a campus club kept me constantly using my Japanese in new and different ways outside of the classroom, so they were instrumental in helping my Japanese ability grow. They also helped expose me to different kinds of people and situations, which led me to encounter situations where my strongly held opinions were challenged.

Sarah Herendeen, Kansai Gaidai University, Spring 2016 

Language programs are open to students in all disciplines.  Prerequisites for language are the minimum required for the program, more language study is highly recommended. Students must be enrolled in an appropriate language course the semester or summer before study abroad.


NEW:  Sustainability in Asia:  Interdisciplinary studies at Beloit College with 3-week field studies in China (2017, 2019) and Japan (2018, 2020).

Note: All students who study at an exchange partner university in Japan during a fall semester are invited to enroll in  IDST 288, In Search of Modern Japan, which encourages guided, independent exploration of their host site and the exchange of insights and experiences with Beloit students studying elsewhere in Japan.  The course is taught from Beloit by Prof. Susan Furukawa, who visits the students over Beloit's fall break.

Japan – Akita International University, Akita City  (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall (September-December), spring (April-July).  
  • Language: Japanese and English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA and 2.5 in Japanese, 2 years college-level Japanese, one or more Japanese area studies courses (e.g. art history, history, politics). 
  • Housing: Dormitory with Japanese students, meal plan. 
  • Details:  Liberal arts education focused on either Global Studies or Global Business.  Residential campus with excellent facilities and Japan’s only 24-hour library.  Nearly all students live on campus in a region of north Japan known for its natural beauty.  Japanese language and cultural courses for international students as well as courses with Japanese students taught in English.   Course credits range from 1-6 credits with most earning 3 credits or .75 Beloit units.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same

Japan – Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata City, Osaka (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall (September-December), Spring (January-May).
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA and 3.0 in Japanese, 2 years of college-level Japanese, one or more Japanese area studies courses (e.g. art history, history, politics).
  • Housing: Host family (strongly recommended), dormitory or apartments with international students.
  • Details: Asian Studies Program courses focused on Japan and taught in English; intensive Japanese language study; orientation program; Speaking Partner Program; courses with other international students and a few Japanese students,  Most courses earn .75 Beloit units.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.

Japan - Rikkyo University, Tokyo (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall (September-January), Spring (April-July), academic year.
  • Language: Japanese.
  • Housing: Dormitories.
  • Details: Japanese language classes, Japanese culture classes taught in Japanese.  Additional information on Rikkyo University can be found here.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same

Scholarships: Available for study in Japan. See the Scholarships page on the OIE Study Abroad website



  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses: 

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider: airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities.

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester. 
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last Updated: 08/2016