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LAS: EALC Year in Japan
Kobe, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Host Family
Non-Illinois Student Options:
All non-Illinois students
Illinois Sponsor:
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:

-----The Illinois Center in Japan-----

(New) Spring, 2016 Summer, (New) 2016 Fall
or 2016-2017Academic Year programs

Available for Any Majors
No Language Requirement

Information Meeting
for AY2016-17, Summer 2016, Fall 2016
September 24 (Thursday) from 5 tp 6PM
2090B Foreign Languages Building

*If you are interested in 2016 Spring program, contact immediately since the due date is September 5, 2015


Program Overview

Students who choose to study in Kobe (Konan University) want something different. They thought about studying in Tokyo but want an alternative perspective. They recognize the presence and influence of Japanese culture not only in the U.S. but also in the world, and they recognize the personal and professional growth that will come from learning more about Japanese culture, language and society.  They know that they will benefit from studying in a school with small class sizes, a strong support network and the Resident Director from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for AY2016-2017 (and other American consortium universities after 2017).  And they know that they will put their academic and interpersonal skills to test in a program site with caring host families, diverse volunteering opportunities, and very few English speakers.  They know they can’t know real Japan if they live in a dormitory or an apartment.  They know their host families are patient to their Japanese so that they can improve their Japanese every day in natural settings. 
You can study abroad at Konan University in Kobe during *Summer (early June to mid July), Fall (Sept to early-January), Spring (mid-January to May) or the academic year (September to May).
As for the Summer in Japan Program, go to the Summer in Japan site.

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What is an Illinois Center?
The City of Kobe
Academic Environment
Onsite Support
Returned Study Abroad Student Reflections
Additional Program Resources
Application Process
Contact Information

General Study Abroad Information

Program Cost and Advance Fees
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Health, Safety, Pre-Departure
Passport/Visa Information
Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy



What is an Illinois Center?

Located in various countries around the world, Illinois Centers for Global Learning and Engagement represent the premier sites for study abroad developed by the University of Illinois over the past forty years. At each Center, you encounter a personalized and guided learning experience introducing you to new languages, cultures, and academic areas.
The Illinois Center in Japan is the "Year in Japan Program" which has been administered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 40 years.  600 students participated in the Year in Japan Program and many of them are working in Japan or worldwide.

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Konan front gate

Front gate of Konan University


The City of Kobe

Kobe is located in the Kansai area, the middle part of Japan which includes Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. It is the sixth largest city in Japan with a population of l.5 million and is an international port city.  The campus of Konan University is 20 minutes from downtown Kobe, 30 minutes from downtown Osaka, and less than an hour and a half from Kyoto and  Nara, ancient capitals of Japan.  Combining the new and the old, this area of Japan provides a stimulating backdrop for the study of Japan.  Students will be able to visit all eleven sites by themselves with very modest cost because Kobe is the center of western Japan. Himeji castle next to Kobe is the most famous and beautiful castle in Japan.

Himeji castle Japan
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Academic Environment
Where you will study
The program was established in 1976 on the campus of Konan University and has served over 600 students from a number of different American universities. The program is administered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a consortium of American universities that includes the University of Arizona, the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and the University of Pittsburgh.

  UNDER CONSTRUCTION ---- New Brochure is coming soon!

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2015 02/15/2015
02/15/2015 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2016 09/05/2015 09/10/2015 01/19/2016 05/20/2016
Fall Semester 2016 02/15/2016 02/29/2016 09/01/2016 01/09/2017
Academic Year 2016-2017 02/15/2016 02/29/2016 09/01/2016 05/12/2017

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