KANSAI GAIDAI UNIVERSITY
IUP students interested in Japanese language and culture have the opportunity to study abroad at Kansai Gaidai University. The university was established in 1945 and is located in Hirakata City, Osaka, the cultural heart of Japan. This, coupled with modern facilities, makes language and culture studies more effective. The institution is composed of Kansai Gaidai University, (four-year program), Kansai Gaidai College (two-year program), the Graduate School, and the Asian Studies Program.The school hosts thirteen thousand students in its two-year and four-year programs. Check out this short video to learn more about the campus and program at Kansai Gaidai
Osaka is the capital of Osaka prefecture and one of the largest cities in Japan. Osaka ranks among the busiest
ports in the nation; it is also a major industrial city and a financial and commercial center.
A variety of courses are offered in the Asian Studies Program. Four courses include spoken Japanese (12 credits) and are the minimum required semester load for a full-time student. Students may register for five courses if they wish. Written and spoken Japanese are encouraged. To see a list of courses, please click here.
Previous Japanese language training is not an absolute requirement for admission to the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai. However, students are encouraged to have some background knowledge in Japanese, since such students usually benefit the most from the educational and personal experiences available at Kansai Gaidai.
Kansai Gaidai University provides two types of housing options for study abroad students. First, students may apply for a homestay, which is the opportunity to live with a Japanese family. Second, students may choose to be housed in one of the four international student dormitories that are located near the university. Participants are advised to consider each option carefully in order to choose a location that is best suited to their interests and conditions.
All students accepted to the program must apply for a student visa prior to their departure for Kansai Gaidai. The visa can by acquired from the Japanese Consulate in New York City. Follow this link to gather more information about the Japanese Embassy.
For more information regarding student visas and their requirements visit the State Department website at www.travel.state.gov.
To apply for Kansai Gaidai University, visit the "Crimson Hawk Japan (application)" page.
|By choosing to study at Kansai Gaidai University I found myself immersed in Japanese culture and geographically located to take advantage of such a diverse country. The transportation in Hirakata-shi and throughout Japan was amazing, allowing us students to travel to Osaka, the second largest city with nearly 8 million residents, within an hour and for less than $20 round trip. And within the same time period and budget in the opposite direction you would find yourself in what I believed to be the cultural heart of Japan, its old capital Kyoto. Kansai Gaidai had an amazing staff and sponsored trips throughout the semester, but the students there also organized events and clubs for international students to participate in. I got to play soccer nearly every week with Japanese friends, and on the weekends myself and international friends from around the world travelled to places like Universal Studios in Osaka, Arashiyama to see snow monkeys, or Shinsaibashi for the best shopping and clubbing. And of course we also had an amazing assortment of food wherever we went; I won’t explain it you’ll just have to try it. -John Osborn, Fall 2014.