The Japanese Language and Culture at Kobe Shoin Program is a four-week language and culture program offered at the Shoin Daigaku Kaikan (Japan Study Center) in Kobe, Japan during May 2019. This program is offered as a collaborative effort between the Ohio State Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Kobe Shoin Women's University in Kobe, Japan, and provides intermediate and advanced Japanese language students the opportunity to conduct a research project while advancing their language ability and cultural knowledge.
By participating on this program, students will
be able to improve their language skills, become familiar with Japanese urban culture and student culture, and become more culturally sensitive to and aware of cultural values that are different from their own.
learn to describe, analyze and critically evaluate the roles of gender, ethnicity, and/or religion in Japan as they relate to international issues, cultures, and global citizenship through their interview-based research project.
experience a homestay with a Japanese family and assisting English classes at a junior and high school.
Students will achieve these goals through an interview-based research project on a topic of his/her choice conducted in Japanese, and regular guided discussions of student experiences and thoughts about the field trips to cultural sites, homestays, service learning in English classes, and interaction with their language partners from the host institution.
Kobe lies nestled between the coast and the Rokko Mountains. Kobe is relatively close to both Osaka and Kyoto and is a large and important port city in its own right.
Classes will be held at the Shoin Daigaku Kaikan and Kobe Shoin Women's University which are located about a half hour west of Osaka. Shoin Daigaku Kaikan is about fifteen minutes from the main campus of Kobe Shoin Women's University by public transportation.
Students will be housed in single rooms at the Shoin Daigaku Kaikan. Students can eat at outside restaurants and/or prepare their own meals at the Kaikan kitchen facilities.
Students will receive academic credit for East Asian Language and Literatures 5797: Study at a foreign institution (Japanese Language and Culture), which is a four-week language and culture course (3 credits) include various activities such as field trips, service learning and a research project. This 3 credit course can satisfy one of the major requirement courses.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have successfully completed Japanese 2231 and Japanese 4101 or equivalent (or higher) prior to departure and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Preference will be given to those students who have already completed J2231 prior to the start of the Spring 2019 semester.
Complete applications will include a letter of recommendation from a recent instructor; the strong preference is for a referee who can comment on an applicant's Japanese language abilities.
All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $875 program fee. The program fee includes accommodations, excursions, in-country instruction and supplemental insurance. It does not cover international airfare, meals, a passport, or immunizations.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
If a student withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer toOIA's Cancellation Policy.
Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 PM in Enarson Classroom Building 160
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One of the most valuable things I gained from this program was my confidence in using Japanese. There were many situations where I had to completely disregard that fact that I was making so many mistakes because what was most important was being able to convey my ideas.