Kansai-Gaidai University (Hirakata, Japan)

Kansai Gaidai University – Japan


Kansai Gaidai University is a private university located in Hirakata City, Osaka, Japan. The university has about 11,000 students and offers programs in International Professional Development, Education, English, Spanish, and Global Communication and Language and more! It also known for its Asian Studies Program which is a one-year or one-semester program to accommodate international students wishing to pursue Japanese language and Japanese/Asian Studies.

Location - Hirakata City, Osaka, Japan

Class Credit (Fall/Spring)

Undergraduate students can take a minimum of 12 hours of courses at Kansai in their Asian Studies Program.  There are a wide variety of subjects in which students can take courses:  Japanese language, Art, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, History, Law, Literature, Media Studies, Political Science, Religion, and Business Administration.  The Japanese language course is mandatory, but there are also Japanese language elective courses one can take.  Graduate students may not join this program.

Class Credit (Summer)

Undergraduate students who enroll in the 6-week program to Kansai-Gaidai University in Japan will receive 8 hours in Japanese language and 2 hours in Introduction to Asian Studies.  Only students who have had one semester of college-level Japanese or its equivalent can apply for this program.


Students must enroll with the name listed on their passports.

If you do not have a passport, you must obtain one.  You can find more information on obtaining a passport on the United States Postal Service’s website page on passports:  https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm

If you wish to enroll, you must notify the Study Abroad Office: studyabroad@jsu.edu   Refer to the link Course List by Semester | ACADEMICS | KANSAI GAIDAI UNIVERSITY ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAM for list of courses available for study abroad.

Estimated Cost

Summer Fall Spring
Number of Credit hours 10 12 12
Kansai Fees - $190.00 $190.00
Tuition to JSU $1620.00 $1,944.00 $1,944.00
Dormitory - $2,400.00 $2,400.00
Airfare $1,800.00 $1,800.00 $1,800.00
Travel Insurance $100.00 $500.00 $500.00
Passport+Visa Fees $300.00 $300.00 $300.00
Meals $1,500.00 $1,500.00 $1,500.00
Ground Travel - $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Spending Money $500.00 $1,400.00 $1,400.00
Books - $200.00 $200.00
ESTIMATED TOTAL $5,820.00 $11,234.00 $11,234.00


Terms Summer Fall Spring
Dates June-July September-December March-June
Deadline to show interest 15-Feb 15-Mar 15-Sept
Deadline to apply April 15-May 1-Nov

The fall semester runs from early September to late December.

The spring semester runs from late January to late May.

The summer program usually runs from mid-June to mid/late-July.



University website:  http://www.kansaigaidai.ac.jp/asp/