North Central College - Naperville, IL

Kanda University

Kanda University of International Studies

in Chiba, Japan

Fall Term

Fall/Winter Terms

Spring Term

Full Year


R. Weiss Japan


Program Overview

Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) is a private university of 4,000 students, with an emphasis in international studies, foreign languages, intercultural communication, Japanese culture and linguistics. The modern campus provides a state-of-the-art Self- Access Learning Center, athletic facilities, international cafeteria, international office and library. Students on exchange at KUIS take compulsory Japanese language courses at one of seven levels. Elective courses for exchange students include Japanese sociolinguistics, introduction to Japanese society, Japanese popular culture and contemporary Japanese history, all taught in English.

The university is located along Tokyo Bay between the city of Tokyo and Narita International Airport. International hotels, business centers, apartment complexes, shopping and several parks are part of the community; a beach, Japanese garden and tea house are also nearby. Train service is convenient for students who wish to explore culture and city life in Tokyo.

Kanda University website

Kanda Highlights



Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred. A minimum of one year of college-level Japanese required.


Academics R. Weiss Japan

Students earn 9-12 credits per term, depending on course load and length of stay. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.


Housing and Meals

Students live in apartments or residence halls, and optional weekend homestays can be arranged.

Meals:  not included in program fees.


Estimated Costs

Students pay North Central College tuition and room and board to the host institution. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, books, extra personal travel and spending money, as these items are not included in room and board fees. North Central College financial aid does apply.



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Last Updated:  September 10, 2015