The University of Illinois Consortium, which includes the University of Arizona, the University of Hawaiʻi- Mānoa, and the University of Pittsburgh, administers the Year-in-Japan (YiJ) Program at Konan University, Kobe. YiJ offers students the opportunity to spend a life-changing semester or academic year developing their Japanese language skills and expanding their knowledge of Japan through the intensive language program and Japan studies courses. Classroom learning is enhanced by living with host families, field trips to historical sites, and various social activities. Kobe is located thirty minutes from Osaka and an hour from Kyoto, the classical capital of Japan. Since its launch in 1976, YiJ has served over 600 students from universities in the U.S. Any university student in the U.S. is eligible to apply.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign