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  • Locations: Hirakata, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: SIU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2018 03/01/2020 03/01/2020 06/08/2020 07/17/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
Kansai Gaidai University
Asian Studies Summer Program
June 13 - July 24 2018
Experience Japan in Summer is a 6-week program offered by the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University. It offers invaluable experiences to those students who are interested in learning Japanese language and selected topics in Asian Studies.

The university is located in Hirakata City, which is midway between Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, and Osaka, the second-largest business hub in Japan. The location of the program offers an excellent starting point for your exploration of Japan.

Arrival (Check-In): Monday, June 11
Orientation: Tuesday, June 12
Classes begin: Wednesday, June 13
Farewell event: Saturday, July 21
Classes end: Tuesday, July 24

Check-out: Thursday, July 26

Program Content
The combination of an elementary Japanese language course with lectures in the Asian Studies will lay a foundation for understanding Japan and its people. Field trips and student-organized activities will add interesting hands-on experiences to your learning. 

Japanese Language: 15 hours/week for 6 weeks    8 credits
  • One semester of college-level Japanese or the equivalent is required. 
Introduction to Asian Studies: 3 - 4.5 hours/week for 6 weeks    2 credits 

Cultural Activities may include, but are not limited to: field trips to historical sites, or businesses, etc.

Course Descriptions
Japanese Language (8 credits)
  • Two levels offered, Level 2 and Level 3
Japanese Level 2 Course Objectives:
At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to adequately handle everyday conversation to meet basic communication needs in Japanese, including expressing opinions, talking about experiences, and giving advice.

Textbooks for Japanese Level 2: Genki I (2nd Edition), Japan Times (Lessons 6 - 12), Genki I Workbook (2nd Edition) 

Japanese Level 3 Course Objectives: 
At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to say what you can or cannot do, explain about people or things in detail, apologize and talk about hopes and wishes.

Textbooks for Japanese Level 3: Genki II (2nd Edition), Japan Times (Lessons 13 - 18), Genki II Workbook (2nd Edition)

Introduction to Asian Studies (Culture/International Relations) (2 credits)
This course will cover some topic areas related to Asian Studies: Japanese Culture and International Relations.

Summer program participants will be accommodated in Kansai Gaidai's brand new international student dormitory "YUI", in which abundant opportunities are available to interact with local students living in the same dormitory.

A new policy to establish a smoke-free campus will take effect on April 1, 2018, the beginning of the 2018 Japanese fiscal year. As of this date, smoking will be prohibited not only on the campuses themselves, but also in all university-owned facilities, including student dormitories, gymnasiums, athletic fields, etc.

Number of Participants
Maximum 30 students.
If the number of participants does not reach 10 students, the program may be cancelled. 

Program Fee
JPY 305,000 = USD 2687.05
The fee includes airport pick-up service, tuition, room charge, liability insurance, and some field trips. 

  • Applicants should be 18-years old or above and currently enrolled as degree-seeking students in a college or university.
  • Applicants should have adequate English proficiency to follow lectures in English.
Deadline for Application: March 1, 2018

Notification of Participants: Early April
  • In the case of non-approval, applicants are notified as early as possible.
Application Procedures
Documents Required:
  • Application Form (
  • Official Transcript (scanned)
  • A copy of your passport (scanned)
  • Passport type identification photo data
    • ?(3.5cm x 4.5cm or 1.4 inches x 1.8 inches) with full face and neutral background, showing the whole face and head features)
    • in JPEG or TIFF format
    • at least 390 pixels by 520 pixels
    • between 50 KB and 1 MB in file size
  • Certificate of Japanese Language Proficiency (if any, scanned)
  • Proof of medical insurance must be submitted upon arrival
Step 1: 
Download the application form to your desktop.
(Please use the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Step 2:
Complete the necessary information and save the application form.
Step 3:
Return the completed application form together with other necessary documents to If you cannot save the typed application form, please scan the form and send it to us via e-mail attachment. 

Cancellation Policy
Before April 28, 2018 - Full Refund
On and After April 28, 2018 - No Refund

Contact Information
Before applying to this program, please contact the SIU study abroad office at or 619-453-7670
Kansai Gaidai Contact:
Center for International Education
Kansai Gaidai University
16-1 Nakamiyahigashino-cho
Hirakata-shi, Osaka 573-1001 Japan

Question 1: Will I be required to acquire a visa to participate in this program?
  • It depends on your nationality. Please contact the Japanese consulate/embassy nearest you directly. If you are a US citizen with a US passport, you can be in Japan for 90 days without a visa. 
Question 2: Is there any screening process?
  • All applications will be screened by the committee. Students with no previous Japanese language study and those who have exceeded the course level of the program may be rejected.
Question 3: How about meal arrangements??
  • Lunches can be bought at on-campus cafeterias daily, except Sundays. Kitchen facilities are available in student dormitory. Students are expected to cook their own meals. Supermarkets as well as restaurants are available within walking distance. Meal estimate for 6 weeks: JPY 80,000 = USD 704.80
Question 4: Any other costs in addition to the program fee?
  • Miscellaneous: JPY 50,000 = USD 440.50 (including transportation while you are in Japan)
Question 5: Is there a meeting service upon arrival?
  • Yes. However, please make sure to arrive on June 11 since the airport pick-up service is available only on this date.
Question 6: Will I get to meet/interact with Japanese local students?
  • Yes. There are many Japanese students living in the dormitory where you will reside. There will be additional events organized by local students.