This fall semester exchange program is available at Kanto Gakuin University in Japan and is designed for the intermediate to advanced Japanese language students from across disciplines at the U of A. Limited to a few U of A nominated students each fall, this exchange allows students access to the fast-paced, modern suburbs of Tokyo and intensive language and culture study.
As with all exchanges, you will be largely independent during your exchange, but you’ll have access to the many social programs on campus. Taking part in extracurricular activities will be good source of interaction with Japanese students. There are both clubs and circles available, as with most Japanese universities. Clubs in Japan, in many ways, play a very unique role in college life, and some clubs may take membership seriously and insist on regular attendance. "Circles," on the other hand, are less strict and less hierarchical. Their rationale seems to be "Let's-get-together-to-have-fun."
Kanto Gakuin is located in the city of Yokohama: 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.
This exchange offers an educational experience that allows U of A undergraduates access to the Japanese cultural, linguistic and social heartbeat for a year, while keeping on track to graduate from the U of A. The curriculum for this semester consists of Japanese language and culture courses, some of which can be credited toward Asian studies as well.
Students must have completed at least 3 semesters of Japanese in order to be considered for this program.
Students can find a list of courses that the U of A has predetermined for this exchange here: https://waprd.uark.edu/web-apps/regr/courseequiv/Main
(Search for the name of the University under Foreign Colleges).
Students will be assessed U of A tuition and fees for 15 credit hours per semester for the academic year that they study abroad on this exchange. Additionally, students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, housing, meals, local transportation, books, passport, student visa, and personal expenses. The independent nature of this program allows students to determine their own extracurricular activities, leaving flexibility not only in free time but also in the budget.
Click on the Budget above for a break-down of expected costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. Students receiving a Pell grant should look into the Gilman International Scholarship
. And all students should read through our scholarship page
for more info on funding opportunities and deadlines. Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid
to help finance your semester in Japan.
Housing during the fall semester is a combination of a home-stay arranged by Kanto Gakuin for about 5 weeks in the middle of your semester, with housing in the international dorm on campus to start and end your semester.