North Central College - Naperville, IL

Kyoto Gakuen University

Kyoto Gakuen University in Kameoka, Japan

Fall and Winter Terms


C. Hur


Program Overview

Kyoto Gakuen (KGU) is a private institution of 2,800 students, located near Kyoto. The hillside campus provides opportunities for North Central College students to join clubs and use athletic facilities, computer centers, cafeteria, student health services, campus bookstore and library. 

Most students have individual or small-group Japanese language tutoring and, depending on their level of Japanese proficiency, may also take economics, business, law and humanities courses taught in Japanese. In particular, KGU offers students unrivaled classes in traditional Japanese culture. Each semester presents international students with the opportunity to attend classes which explore distinct aspects of Kyoto's heritage; the Practical Traditional Culture class includes customary activities such as sado, or tea ceremony, and also Noh drama; the Fieldwork class permits students to explore aspects of culture off campus with organized visits to Kyoto's historical and renowned locations.

Kameoka, a city of 95,000 just outside the historic former Japanese capital of Kyoto, is internationally known as a center of Japanese culture and Buddhism. KGU is ideally located for students to explore the many sites of Kyoto, while Kameoka provides a relaxed setting among spectacular mountains. Optional internships are available for students to work at Kyoto Gakuen Junior and Senior High School as assistant teachers. A new campus in Kyoto city is scheduled to open in 2015.

Kyoto Gakuen University website


Internships are available



Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred. A minimum two years of Japanese at the college level is required.



Students usually earn between 9-12 credits 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 with a host family or in pre-arranged apartments.


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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