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Spring Trimester Exchange in Kobe, Japan

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The application period for the 2016 program have closed.

To enquire about late applications contact the IOP Director.

 Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, located in Kobe, Japan is a school of similar size to Augustana offering a varied program of study to students from across the globe.  As part of an exchange agreement with KCUFS, Augustana students can enroll in a Spring Trimester equivalent program (April-July in Kobe).  On this program students can participate in an intensive Japanese language immersion program.  Students on this program will replace our Spring Term with a Spring Semester in Kobe, taking 9 credits in Japanese. 

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants for this program must at least be prepared to enter Japanese 103 in the Spring trimester of the program.  It is highly recommended that students complete 202 before departure.  Students must be approved for participation by both Augustana College and KCUFS.

COURSES: Students enroll in a 9-credit intensive Japanese program with Augustana equivalent courses.  At the advanced level students (with permission) may combine coursework in Japanese language with other subjects as well.    Find out more about the Japanese Language program at KCUFS at their website:  KCUFS Japanese Language Program.

Students on this program, or any exchange, must receive a grade of C or higher in each course in order to receive Augustana credit for the coursework.

CALENDAR:  Kobe City University of Foreign Study runs on a semester schedule, however the Spring semester, recommended for this program, runs from April through July, allowing Augustana students to enroll in the 9-credit language program as an equivalent to an Augustana spring trimester.  If you wish to enroll in a full-year program, this is also possible through special permission. 

Seniors should pay special attention to this calendar, as July exams and possible delays in grades arriving from Kobe to Augustana will lead to all seniors who participate being listed as summer, and potentially Fall, graduates rather than Spring graduates.  This does not impact graduation eligibility but the official graduation date is dependent upon the arrival of final grade reports from Kobe.

COSTS:  Augustana students travelling to Kobe pay standard Augustana tuition and fees.  Lodging in Kobe is arranged on site, with assistance of KCUFS.  Room, Meals and all travel costs are at student expense.  All standard financial aid a student might receive on campus is available on the Kobe exchange as well.  This program is also designated as Augie Choice eligible for all students who qualify.

FINANCIAL AID:  Students participating in an exchange program are eligible  for the same financial aid they would receive were they on campus in Illinois.  This includes grants, scholarships and loan eligibility, but not work-study arrangements.  Additionally all exchange programs are Augie Choice eligible for students who have completed 6 terms or 60 credits at Augustana prior to departure.  Transfer students who have completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana prior to departure are also eligible for Augie Choice grants.

If a student chooses to earn at least 6 credits of their coursework in the host country language while participating in an exchange program (Germany, Hong Kong, Japan or Sweden), they may also apply for a Freistat Grant for Language Immersion.  This grant can be up to $2,000 and requires that at least 6 credits of coursework be either language study or courses taught in the host country's language (other than English).  For more information on the Freistat Grant, please visit this website.

CONTACT: For more information on this program, contact International Programs or Dr. Mari Nagase (Asian Studies), the faculty advisor for this program.

Why an exchange program might be right for you?Are you an independent person, willing to challenge yourself in a new educational environment?  Do you want intensive language study, or perhaps you want to really get to know a new part of the world?  Do you want an authentic experience in an international university?  Whether for a term, a semester or a year, exchange programs are perfect for students who want to experience what life and what college is like around the world. 

An exchange lets you go deeper into the host culture than you will if you travel with a large group of Augie students, and it gives you the ability to take classes with native student.Add to this the fact that because you pay Augie tuition, exchange program courses are not transfer credits, and can count towards your graduation requirements. 

Also, in many cases exchange programs represent the least expensive programs available, since you are paying Augustana tuition, room or room & board, rather than paying both for tuition and for program costs of an Augie group program.It takes an adventurous, self-confident and motivated student to truly get the most out of an exchange program, but if you are excited by the idea of living, studying and experiencing another culture without the "Augie bubble", exchanges might be just what you are looking for.

Augustana students are eligible to use Augie Choice to help fund international exchange programs.