Established in 1972, the Asian Studies Program today annually welcomes over 700 competitively selected students who represent about 40 countries and regions. Typically, our student body is equally balanced between males and females. About 90% of the total exchange program participants are from our affiliated institutions worldwide, and the remaining 10% enroll independently.
The mission of the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai is based on the realization that the post-cold war period has created a new era of worldwide relationships. The emergence of a global economy and the consequent fusion of world cultures, as well as their enduring distinctiveness, are fundamental realities that are addressed by our program. The program encourages students to tackle new challenges and take advantage of various opportunities available in Japan.
This Asian Studies Program is very special because it is committed to educating students about all of the dimensions of Japanese life: language, cultural values, business structures and practices, political institutions, arts, literature, and historical landmarks in the evolution of international relations.
The learning process is enhanced by direct exposure to a new culture through participation in daily Japanese life. In essence, our program, with all its strengths, spurs foreign students to explore a new foundation for judgement regarding matters pertinent to Japan and Asia.
- The School of Asian Studies is a modern, well-appointed facility with state-of-the-art language labs located on the main campus of Kansai Gaidai.
- A well stocked library, gyms, and a full program of extracurricular activities
- Wide variety of classes in English to complement the Japanese language offerings
Kansai Gaidai is located in the city of Hirakata, in Osaka prefecture. Located midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest metropolis, and Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, Kansai Gaidai's campus is in the commercial and cultural heart of Japan, thus making it an excellent starting point from which to begin your exploration of a land that, by anyone's standard, is truly fascinating.
Academic Programs in English
The goal of the program is to provide international students with a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people. Japanese language courses range from the introductory through the advanced levels. Previous Japanese language training is not required.
A variety of course offerings relevant to Japan and Asia, taught by experienced faculty members, will provide new perspectives for participants and inspire their intellectual and personal growth. One of the special advantages of studying in our program is the fact that all courses, except for Japanese language courses, are conducted in English.
Asian Studies (politics, economics, business, sociology, psychology, communication, philosophy, anthropology, history, art and literature) All in English.
- Applicants should have a strong academic record in order to demonstrate the ability to pursue studies at Kansai Gaidai. The applicant must have at least one year (preferably two years) of experience at a college level institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale to be considered for admission.
- Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of his or her educational interests and probable success as indicated by academic records. In addition, applicants whose overall academic program will benefit from courses in Asian Studies Program are given preference. Although previous work in Asian Studies and/or Japanese language is not required, applicants with some background knowledge of these areas may be given admission priority.
- All Asian Studies Program participants are admitted for one semester only regardless of their intended period of stay. Students who wish to continue their studies into the second semester at Kansai Gaidai must be in good academic standing; otherwise extension of stay may not be approved.
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Number Credits: 12-15 per semester
Kansai Gaidai University offers its international students two types of housing arrangements: homestay or dormitories. Participants are advised to carefully consider these options and select accommodations which would best suit their interest and conditions. While homestay program is strongly encouraged, it is also important for students to consider whether they are willing to make the appropriate adjustments to a new life in Japan. Students with severe dietary restrictions are advised to stay in our dormitory. Since there are no facilities available for students who come with spouses and children, students who have accompanying family members will be asked to secure their own housing.
The homestay offers an excellent learning opportunity to help acquire knowledge about the Japanese language and culture, but more importantly, to contribute to the personal growth of the student. Living with a Japanese family will provide students with an environment to develop their language skills and to understand the daily life, values, and customs of Japanese people first hand.
Kansai Gaidai has four international student dormitories. Because of their role in providing residents with a cross-cultural learning experience, the dormitories are called "Seminar Houses." Seminar Houses offer a comfortable alternative for students who choose to live among fellow students from diverse cultural backgrounds. A limited number of local students are assigned to each dormitory to fascilitate international students' adjustment to Japan.
Other options that are available are the Home Visit Program and the Roommate Program.
This is a full exchange which means that the costs are based on SIU's tuition, fees, room and board costs. The funds you pay here are used to pay the tuition, fees, room and board cost for the incoming Kansai Gaidai student. They, in turn, have paid for the same type of costs for you in Japan.
Tuition: SIU tuition for 15 credits at your individual rate plus study administration of $150 per semester. Registration will be adjusted based on your actual enrollment. Any tuition scholarships that you may have should work normally, but you should always confirm this with the Scholarships office in Financial Aid.
Exchange Charge: This is based on the campus fees, room and board for SIU for the semester you are abroad. The room and board cost is based on a standard, shared residence hall room with meal plan at SIU. Contact Study Abroad Program for the current rate.
- Liability Insurance (1,000 Yen or approximately $10) per semester - required of all students
- Refundable Housing Deposit of approximately $100
- Textbooks - Estimated at 20,000 yen or approximately $200
- Commuting expenses for those in homestays
- Lunches on campus for those in homestays.
- Miscellaneous personal expenses
- The Kansai Gaidai application site indicates an Application Fee and an Enrollment Confirmation Deposit. If you are nominated by SIU for the exchange, then you do not have to pay these.
*Check the Kansai Gaidai brochure or their website for the latest estimates.
What makes our program different from regular classroom learning situations is the hands-on experience that can be obtained through supplementary activities. These include field trips, guest speakers, and group projects, which are efficiently integrated into our regular course offerings wherever possible.
Fall semester: August – December
Spring semester: January – May
Application documents must be received by the SIU Center for International Education during the following period:
For Fall Enrollment: January 10 - May 15
For Spring Enrollment: August 1 - November 1
- Application for Admission
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Japanese Instructor’s Reference Form
- Medical Information Form
- Confidential Financial Questionnaire
- Four Identification Photographs
- A non-refundable application fee of US $50
- Certificate of English Proficiency
- A copy of passport
- Please note that you must be nominated by Study Abroad Programs before you have access to the Kansai Gaidai application.