All students in the program live with host families in the Kobe-Osaka area. Living with a Japanese family offers students a view of Japan from the inside as well as enhancing the development of Japanese language skills.One student is placed with each family. Students have their own rooms and take morning and evening meals with their host families. Homestay placements are made by the KIEC staff in consultation with the Resident Director. As much as possible, student and host family interests are taken into consideration in placing each student.

The staff of the Konan International Exchange Center conducts an in-home interview with all host family applicants. Host families attend a series of orientation meetings prior to the students' arrival in the fall and several during the course of the program.

The Resident Director and staff of the Konan International Exchange Center are committed to helping students and host families make this experience a rewarding one for all.


Resident Director is from University of Arizona, University of Hawaii, University of Illinois or University of Pittsburgh and on site for you.  The Director gives any necessary help and academic advice to the program participants during the stay, teaches one of the courses as one of the Japan Studies faculty members and joins the field trips with students.