North Central College - Naperville, IL

Kyoto Gakuen University

Kyoto Gakuen University in Kameoka, Japan

Fall and Winter Terms


C. Hur


Program Overview

Kyoto Gakuen University (KGU) is a private institution of 2,900 students, comprised of two campuses: one in the historical city of Kyoto and one in neighboring Kameoka.

Students who major in economics, business administration, history and cultural studies, nursing, speech and hearing sciences and disorders study in Kyoto, while students majoring in psychology, health and sports sciences and bioenvironmental science study in Kameoka.

Both campuses provide opportunities for North Central College students to join clubs and use athletic facilities, computer centers, and student health services, as well as a campus bookstore, library and cafeteria.

Most students have individual or small-group Japanese language tutoring and, depending on their level of Japanese proficiency, may also take content courses taught in Japanese. In particular, international students may attend classes which explore distinct aspects of Kyoto’s heritage: the practical traditional culture class includes activities such as tea ceremony and Noh drama; the fieldwork class gives students the opportunity to explore historical sites. Optional internships are available for students to work at Kyoto Gakuen Junior and Senior High School as assistant teachers.

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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Last Updated:  October 16, 2015