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* Japanese Language and Culture in Kagawa, Japan
Kagawa, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring,
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 02/23/2018 05/18/2018 06/22/2018
Participants must leave the U.S. on May 17 to arrive in Japan on May 18.
Fact Sheet:
Recommended Programs: International Studies
Grade Point Average:
2.5 (3.0+ preferred)
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Coordinator:
Aimee Jones, Ciara Cole
Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Liberal Arts
Program Description:

Japanese Language and Culture at Kagawa University

in Kagawa, Japan

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The landscapes, cityscapes and sacred sites of Kagawa serve as the inspiration for students enrolled in CSU's Japanese Language and Culture program. Through field trips, assignments and excursions, students will learn and experience Japan from a Japanese perspective. Led by a CSU faculty member, students will live Japanese Language and Culture Kagawa University, Kagawa and study within a picturesque community of 6,500 students at Kagawa University.

Program At-a-Glance (Summer)

WHEN:  May 18 - June 22, 2018 (depart the U.S. on May 17)
NOTE: This is an exchange relationship, so students also have the opportunity to study in the summer with the group led by CSU's Mako Beecken or more independently for a semester at Kagawa University. See below for more details.

CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for one Japanese language course (3 CSU credits) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education and 3 credits of Japanese language and culture at Kagawa University (transfer credit). All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the summer term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details. The program fee includes tuition and fees for six credit hours (3 from CSU and 3 transferred from Kagawa), all accommodations and many meals, all transportation, excursions, scheduled cultural activities, orientation, faculty support, health insurance and administration fees. The above cost does not include international airfare, passport and visa fees, books and supplies, and personal spending money.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM LEADER: Mako Beecken, Instructor of Japanese, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Colorado State University.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. Open to undergraduate students (sophomores and above) and graduate students. Prerequisite: minimum 2 semesters Japanese Language or equivalent proficiency.

Academic Overview

The summer program is led by CSU's Japanese Language Instructor Mako Beecken, who has been leading programs to Japan since 2002.  Mrs. Beecken will be teaching a Japanese language course while students also have the opportunity to take other courses from Kagawa University staff, who teach on the summer program.  Each student will earn a total of 6 credits, which is a great step on the way to completing a Japanese minor or AUCC requirements as well as overall language proficiency!  

All students will complete an intensive Japanese language course at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level as well as a course on Japanese culture for a total of 6 credits. For the 3 CSU credits, students have the option of receiving LJPN 250 Japanese Language, Literature, Culture in Translation or LJPN 296/496 Group Study (only if they have already received LJPN 250 credit).



Kagawa University is home to over 6,500 students and located in Takamatsu on the Kagawa Prefecture, which is located in southwest Japan. Kagawa is the smallest prefecture in Japan. In the south is the lush, green Sanuki mountain range and the Sanuki plains gently incline towards the north, while the northern part of the Prefecture faces the Seto Inland Sea. Kagawa has around 690 kilometers of coastline and the nearby sea is dotted with around 110 islands, which creates a very beautiful landscape. The area enjoys the so-called "Inland sea climate" which means that it is mild throughout the year and has little rainfall. Kagawa enjoys more than 2100 hours of sunshine per year. 

Housing and Meals

Summer and semester students will stay in accommodations provided by Kagawa University.  Some meals will be included.  Participants should plan to pay for most meals at their own expense.

Semester Program Summary

WHEN: Fall (October to February), Spring (March to July), Academic Year (October to July)  - Semester based applicants should talk to Ciara Cole before applying.

ACADEMICS: 12 transfer credits from Kagawa for Japanese language or other available disciplines. Kagawa University has 6 Colleges including Agriculture, Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, and Medicine. There are limited courses available in English. More information can be found in Admission Information.

COST: See the Spring Semester Budget Sheet or Academic Year Budget Sheet for details.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Undergraduate students (Sophomores and above) or Graduate students; Minimum 2 semesters Japanese Language or equivalent proficiency; 2.5 minimum GPA (3.0 preferred) and good disciplinary standing.


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