KGU guaranties an accommodation for exchange students who request it at the time of application. Below is a quick overview of the various types of accommodation. We strive to place exchange students in the best accommodation possible. However not all exchange students will be placed in the accommodation of their choice.
KGU has been running a homestay program since 1980. Doing a homestay is a very effective way to learn about Japanese culture and language. Becoming a part of Japanese family will be an amazing experience.
Most of our host families live around one hour commute to the university.
My homestay experience is in some way of a very special kind. To me, a former participant in KGU’s summer program, this was an occasion of reunion for me and this loving family who have welcomed me back into their house, this time for a full year. What has made this experience truly special, nevertheless, is exactly the blessing of the ordinary, everyday life, where I have witnessed and participated in Japanese culture and lifestyle in its fullest. Enrolled in Modern Japan Track, I have definitely been finding the opportunity to immerse myself in a Japanese-only environment very rewarding. While being an absolute beginner in Japanese last year and almost using English all the time, I have gladly been able to stay in the “Japanese mode” this time and interact with every member of the family so much more.
Though my host family, I got to meet all kinds of interesting people and listen to all kinds of interesting people and listen to all kinds of Japanese, be it all levels of local dialect or the male-female contrast in language usage. A single child in my own family, I have been thrilled by this opportunity of becoming the big sister of three lovely kids. In attending my host siblings’ sports tournaments, volunteering at events hosted by my host mom’s organization, and even helping at harvesting sweet potato in the countryside, I have literally been feeling like “growing up” for a second time. As much as my host family have made my time in Japan such a life-changing experience and this country a second home to me, I hope, with my own efforts, I can one day make a difference in their lives as well.
KGU will place exchange students in one of KGU-run dormitories. All dormitories provide exchange students with their own private room. Meal plans are not available.
Bedding, desk, chair, wardrobe, air conditioner and access to internet
Shared or private (depending on the dormitory)
No visitors in apartment-unit or private room
Bedding will automatically be leased during the period of exchange. Bedding consists of at least one bed pad, one pillow and pillowcase set, one quilt and one sheet.
Dormy Ashiyagawa and Dormy Kusugaoka are not owned by KGU. The above information is an example.
In the beautiful city of Takarazuka, just 40 minutes away from KGU is the dormitory I chose to stay at, International Residence V. This dormitory houses international students from every corner of the globe and is a great place to meet new people who are experiencing the same things as you. The atmosphere is very welcoming, and the managers and Resident Assistants (RA) did their best to make me feel included through monthly events organised by the RA’s, and other things like chatting together in the common space. The reason I chose this dorm is because I thought it would be a great way to make new international friends and learn about the different lifestyles people live in their home country. Also, due to the fact that we have individual bedrooms, I had the option to either head to my room to relax, or to go to the common space to socialise. Sharing a dorm with 3 other people was really daunting because of potential language barriers and cultural differences, but with open lines of communication, I found it to be very rewarding.
The location is also great. The dorm is only a 10-15 minute walk from the train station and the area around the station has supermarkets, restaurants, izakaya and karaoke. Getting to Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto is very easy and convenient with the Hankyu Line and the JR Line, perfect for making day trips.
I do not regret choosing Res. V and I have so many special memories of my time there. I hope future students are also able to create their own memories during their time at this dorm.