University of Illinois: Illinois Year-in-Japan Program

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  • Location(s): Kobe, Japan
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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The Year-in-Japan program offers advanced undergraduates the opportunity to spend a fall or spring semester or an academic year developing Japaneses language skills and expanding their knowledge of Japan through a variety of courses.Classroom lear... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.9
Based on 13 Reviews
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A student studying abroad with University of Illinois: Illinois Year-in-Japan Program
September 28, 2019 An Amazing Adventure Time
Language skills Intercultural collision - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with University of Illinois: Illinois Year-in-Japan Program
September 08, 2019 100% Recommend!
I feel like I gained more self-confidence through this program. I feel less nervous and anxious speaking the language with natives and am willing to take more risks in solo traveling. - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
What Japan and Japanese people are really like - Konan University View Entire Review
August 15, 2019 Great Experience
Going abroad is usually a very rewarding experience no matter where you go, and the YIJ program is no exception. However, it is easy to have a bad experience if the program itself is not organized properly or the staff are not helpful. I was happy to discover, from my first inquiries into YIJ to the end of the program, that YIJ... - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
1,000% worthwhile. I shudder at the thought of having not gone. Going to Japan has allowed my Japanese to improve exponentially. I can without doubt say that I have gotten much better at using and understanding Japanese, so much so to the point that I feel very comfortable accomplishing things by myself here, using only Japanese... - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
There will be hard times for sure, and you may feel tired and homesick more than once, but it’s not until you travel that you realize how much the world has to offer and how much there is left to be seen. Having made new friends from all corners of the world, I came out of the program feeling like I had become a global citizen, ... - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
I think it was very worthwhile. I was able to experience Japan and gain an appreciation for the culture that isn't attainable with other programs. - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
Over the course of one year, I not only gained a wealth of textbook knowledge about Japanese language and culture, I also was able to experience Japanese life firsthand, which was very important to me. This "extra-curricular" way of learning pushed me to break the limits of my own independence and courage: there was a whole new... - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
Living in Japan helped me to become more self-confident and independent. At the start of the program, I was nervous to go places by myself, but received advice from a former student that it was best to go out by yourself, because if you went with another international student, you would just end up speaking English. This turned ... - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
I won't say my time in Japan was a fairytale or any kind of long vacation. Because the length of the program is a full academic year, it offers you the opportunity to genuinely experience Japanese society. My Japanese improved not only through taking classes, but also by working through conflict and exchanging ideas with my host... - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
August 12, 2019 Cool Times In Kobe
I’m not a huge fan of traveling, so at the outset of my college experience I hadn’t even considered studying abroad, but by chance I wound up spending a semester in the Year in Japan program, and I am so glad that I did. While in this program, you don’t feel like you’re a tourist on vacation; you get to fully ingrain yourself an... - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
August 08, 2019 Best Time Of My Life
It got me out of my introverted comfort zone. My language skills improved so much as well - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
A lot of friends both Japanese and foreign, fluent japanese language ability, and a broader perspective. - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review

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The Year-in-Japan program offers advanced undergraduates the opportunity to spend a fall or spring semester or an academic year developing Japaneses language skills and expanding their knowledge of Japan through a variety of courses.

Classroom learning is enhanced through living with host families and study tours  (two to three days in various historical sites).  The program has an on-site Resident Director who teaches one course each semester as well as overseeing academic, student, and administrative matters for the consortium.  The Resident Director is a faculty member from one of the American consortium universities.  The program was established in 1976 on the campus of Konan University and has served over 600 students from a number of different American universities. The program is administered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a consortium of American universities that includes the University of Arizona, the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and the University of Pittsburgh.

The program is housed in the Konan International Exchange Center of Konan University, a small liberal arts university of 10,000 students in a suburban district of Kobe. Kobe is located in the Kansai area, the middle part of Japan which includes Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. It is the sixth largest city in Japan with a population of l.5 million and is an international port city.

The campus of Konan University is 20 minutes from downtown Kobe, 40 minutes from downtown Osaka, and less than an hour and a half from Kyoto. Combining the new and the old, this area of Japan provides a stimulating backdrop for the study of Japan.

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