Kobe Summer – Japanese Language & Culture (Kansai)


    Summer Program in Kobe, Japan
    Study Japanese Language & Culture
    Includes Activities & Field Trips
    Minimum age is 17 / 18 yrs
    4 Weeks: $2395 USD

    The Program

    For 4 weeks in July – August, participants study Japanese language and culture as well as experience the Kansai region of Japan. Cultural workshops, activities, and field trip excursions are included. Minimum age is 18 yrs, but 17 is possible with parent consent, and parents are welcome to attend.

    Language classes are taught in the morning, and Japanese Writing and culture classes on some afternoons, leaving most afternoons and evenings, as well as weekends free to explore the Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe).

    Instructors are experienced teachers of Japanese, from local schools and colleges. Group excursions will include guided tours.

    Housing with a Japanese host family is possible, but early registration is advised.

    The Location

    Kobe, Japan. Central Honshu, known as the Kansai (Kinki) region of Japan has a heavy concentration on business, educational, and cultural activities. Kobe is Japan’s 6th largest city, and was one of the first ports to open to Western Ships. Many foreign traders settled here in the 19th century, and it soon became a cosmopolitan center. Kobe is a good location, for it is a smaller city than Osaka or Tokyo and offers easy access to Kyoto, Nara and central Osaka.

    Osaka is second only to Tokyo in economic importance and population, the Kansai area constitutes the geographical and spiritual heart of Japan – being so close to the two ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara. Also, the sacred mountain of Mt. Fuji is not so far away. For 4-weeks, participants have easy access to Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Nagoya. Tokyo is 3-hours by train.


    Japanese Language: all levels – Elementary through Advanced. All students will be given a placement test to determine ability and proper placement. Over 15 hrs. of class per week; Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am – 12 noon. Japanese writing and special “cultural” classes are offered in the afternoons. Over 55 hours of class time is provided in total, allowing students to earn up to 5 quarter credits or 3-4 semester credits.

    Level 1: is for absolute beginners. Course includes study of basic vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure. Drills in listening comprehension, repetition, and easy conversation building. Reading Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji also emphasized.

    Level 2: is for students who have some training, but wish to develop conversation skills. Emphasis on vocabulary building, listening, reading and speaking basic Japanese correctly.

    Level 3: Students who are “intermediate” level can participate. They will be tested and placed in a proper level with other intermediate students.

    Level 4: Students who are advanced level can also participate. They will be tested and placed in the proper advanced level with other students of similar level.


    Step 1 – 3: Minna no Nihongo 1
    Step 4 – 6: Minna no Nihongo 2

    STEP 1 – 6 (Course Summary)

    Step 1: Textbook: Minna no Nihongo. Lessons 1 – 9
    This level covers the ability to use the very basic conversations, using nouns, adjectives, and numbers.

    Step 2: Textbook: Minna no Nihongo. Lessons 10 – 17
    Emphasis on using “survival” Japanese.

    Step 3: Textbook: Minna no Nihongo. Lessons 18 – 25
    Polite and plain form of speech is emphasized.

    Step 4: Textbook: Minna no Nihongo. Lessons 26 – 33
    Changing verbs to a variety of situations.

    Step 5: Textbook: Minna no Nihongo. Lessons 34 – 41
    Conditional clause and passive forms.

    Step 6: Textbook: Minna no Nihongo. Lessons 42 – 50
    Causative verbs, and honorific words.

    Academic Credit

    Students earn 3-4 credits upon completing the program (4 weeks).

    Official transcript (Certificate) will be given to each student upon completion of the program. Some college students also earn credit through “Independent Study” programs at their home school. Contact your home school, advisor, or foreign language department, directly about this possibility.

    Also, please review the “Academic Credit” section of the CSA website.

    Financial Aid

    Yes, you can use your financial aid on this program. Please have your Financial Aid office e-mail us a “Consortium Agreement” to complete and sign. CSA does not offer any scholarships or financial aid, we can only assist you in using your home school’s financial aid on this program.

    The earlier the better, since it takes time to process. Overall, CSA does not offer any financial aid, we can only assist you in obtaining and using your aid from your home school on these programs.


    Extra activities and local field trips are provided (included) on some afternoons, and Saturday’s. Other activities may also be provided, and are optional as well as cost extra: Osaka Tenjin festival, and Beer Garden Party. Additional details about excursions (field trips) will be given upon arrival and “welcome orientation” in Kobe. Farewell party will be held on August 2nd.


    Housing is available in host families, student type residences (dorms), nearby Guest Houses, and local hotels at reasonable rates. Housing website booking links will be provided with confirmation documents. Housing costs do vary, but will cost about $200 – $400 USD per week. CSA makes it easy for you to book your housing online, so do not worry. Also, housing with a local host family is possible, but you will need to register early to allow extra time for host family confirmation.

    SAMPLE SCHEDULE – Summer 2018

    July 7th Placement Test (10:00 am) / Orientation at 1:30 pm
    July 8th Free day
    July 9th – August 3rd Classes (Japanese language, writing, workshops)
    July 12th Afternoon trip to Kobe harbor (lunch, cruise, tower)
    July 14th Field trip to Kyoto
    July 15th Free day
    July 16th Holiday (free day)
    July 19th Afternoon trip to Osaka
    July 21st Not scheduled (may be a Free day)
    July 22nd Free day
    July 24th Afternoon – Exchange program in Japanese High School
    July 26th Afternoon trip to Arima Onsen
    July 28th Free day
    July 29th Free day
    July 30th Afternoon baking workshop – Japanese sweet cakes
    August 3rd Final Class – Sayonara Farewell Party
    August 4th Student Departure

    Dates and Fees

    * 4 weeks: July (early) – August (early)

      2020 Dates: July 4th – August 1st, 2020……….$2395 USD
      Orientation on July 4th

      2021 Dates: July 3rd – 31st, 2021……….$2395 USD
      Orientation on July 3rd

    * Minimum age is 17 years.
    * No Deadline: Register before June 5th is advised.

    Fee Includes: full tuition – intensive language courses and cultural workshops, welcome orientation, class books and materials, field trips and excursions, farewell party, transcript (Certificate of Completion).

    Not Included : Round trip airfare to Japan, insurance, transportation to Kobe, daily lunch, train transportation, and other personal expenses. Housing is paid directly by each student. You book housing online using web links provided with confirmation documents.

    CSA suggests bringing $600 – $900 extra spending money, and a major credit card. Nearby restaurants lunch: $4 – $10.

    CSA registration Form. Contact CSA if past deadline date, space may be available. We accept money orders, cashiers checks, and personal checks. Confirmations and arrival documents are sent only after the confirmation deposit is received by CSA.


    Programs are open to all adults. High school students, college students, teachers, and working adults. Minimum age is 18. Average age range within group: 18 – 23. Older applicants are encouraged to apply as well. (17 year old students may participate with parental permission – also, parents are welcome to attend). Maximum 25.

    Entry Requirements
    Passport required. No visa needed for U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. Citizens will need to check with the Japanese Consulate closest to them. Please check your passport expiration date.

    Medical and Accidental insurance required. Either have coverage from a family plan, or purchase insurance. CSA needs a copy of your insurance card before you arrive in Japan.


    All applicants are responsible for arranging their own travel to Kobe, Japan.

    The the bus to the closest train station or hotel that is nearby your housing assignment…..then take a taxi from there to your housing.

    Before leaving for Japan, if you have booked your housing, print out a map off the housing website showing how to get to your assigned housing when you arrive into Japan. Makes it a lot easier when you arrive.

    If you want “Airport Pick-up Service”, whereby a shuttle service meets you at the airport and escorts you to your housing…please let us know…..and we will have the staff in Kobe arrange it for you as soon as you inform us your flight arrival details.

    If you are traveling from Tokyo down to Kobe…..we suggest you take the Shinkansen (Bullet) train to the “Shin-Kobe” train station in Kobe. Same from any other Japan city to Kobe….take the express Shinkansen train to Shin-Kobe station. The major local train stop in Kobe is the “Sannomiya” station.

    When booking your flight to Japan…..keep in mind the international date/time change that occurs. For example, to arrive in Japan on July 5th from North America, you have to depart on July 4th. On your return, if you depart Japan on August 1st…..you will arrive back in North America on the same date – August 1st.

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