Kansai Gaidai University was originally established in 1945 as a small, private language school. Today, the school prospers as a private, nonprofit institution with 13,000 students. Kansai Gaidai provides excellent educational programs to its students with a special focus on international education. The University annually welcomes more than 500 international students to the Asian Studies Program.
The two campuses of Kansai Gaidai (Nakamiya and Hotani) are located in Hirakata city in Osaka prefecture, the second largest business metropolis in Japan (after Tokyo). Hirakata is located between the famous former capitals of Kyoto and Nara, both of which abound in ancient temples and sites of historical and cultural importance. Downtown Osaka and Kyoto can be reached in approximately one hour by train.
The Asian Studies Program is divided into two parts: a rigorous Japanese language program offered in the morning (spoken Japanese, reading and writing Japanese) and a wide variety of courses in business, humanities, and social sciences offered in the afternoon. The combination of these two elements enables participants to approach a wide variety of study areas while in Japan. Since all courses, with the exception of those concentrating on the Japanese language, are conducted in English, the program accommodates even those students with little or no previous Japanese language training who wish to pursue their areas of interest.
Language of Instruction:
All courses are conducted in English except for the Japanese language course. A Japanese language placement test will be given upon arrival.
Fall Semester - late August to December
Spring Semester - late January to May
Dormitories / Homestay / Apartments
Full kitchen facilities are available in all dormitories. A Japanese family homestay program is also available which covers all meals except for lunches during the week.
The cost of studying at Kansai Gaidai is the equivalent to the cost of 15 credit hours tuition & fees, double-room and 20 meal plan at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Divisions of Study:
Japanese, Studio Art Courses (Ceramics, Caligraphy), Japanese History, Zen Buddhism, Literature, Architecture, Political Science, Film, Anthropology, Humah Resources, Crisis Management, Retail Management, Finance, Economics, and International Business.
Fall semester - January 10-May 15
Spring semester - August 1-November 1
Financial Aid Applicable: Yes .
Prerequisites: Cummulative 3.0 GPA
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