Study in Japan at Konan


Konan University (Japan): Students may spend one semester or a full year at this long-established immersive study abroad program in Kobe, Japan. Program focuses on Japanese language acquisition and development and Japan Area Studies. Full-time staff available at Konan’s International Center; housing is in single sex dorms commuting distance from campus.


Important note for Spring 2022 applicants: At this time, students will be required to remain in quarantine for approximately 2 weeks upon arrival in Japan. Konan International Education Center staff will arrange transportation from Kansai International Airport (KIX) to the quarantine hotel. Be sure to book your flight to KIX. During the mandatory quarantine period, orientation and classes will be conducted virtually. Estimated cost of the quarantine are paid by each student and will be approximately $1600.00 Following the quarantine, students will be moved to their respective dormitories. Dormitory accommodation is guaranteed to the end of March and students may need to move to other housing from April till the end of the program. When we have more information we will share it with you. All students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated in preparation for the program.




Academic Description: 
You will take courses focusing on Japanese language acquisition and development and Japan Area Studies. Not all courses may be available during all study periods; see your program's website for up-to-date course lists.
Arts and Sciences
History of Art & Architecture
International Studies
Political Science
Application Instructions: 

 Program Application Questions must be completed before your application can move forward, regardless of any application requirements established by your Pitt-Recognized Provider. These questions can be found under “Questionnaires”  in your application. Most require short answers of 150-200 words. Our goal is to help you to think about and express your goals for studying abroad in a way that will help you to maximize learning and growth in the following 3 phases of your experience:

  1. Pre-departure
  2. While abroad
  3. Post abroad 

While you will work on our application and your Provider’s application simultaneously, you will need to complete your Pitt application before your study abroad advisor will complete any forms or approval for your provider. Even if your Provider accepts your application, your application cannot move forward in our process until you complete our application questions.
Your Program Manager will provide the Konan application and additional forms when they become available.

SAO Staff: 

Leslie Ann Smedley

Hello Students! I am Leslie Ann Smedley, Senior Advisor and look forward to helping Arts and Sciences students to identify, apply for, and thrive in the study abroad program that fits each students’ academic/linguistic/cultural needs. I have been in the field of International Education for many years, including the last 10 in the Global Experiences Office. I am a Pittsburgher who studied abroad in Strasbourg, France while an undergrad and haven’t stopped travelling since. In addition to being passionate about discovering new places, I love to cook, garden and read. I look forward to helping you to achieve your goals!

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