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  • Locations: Hirakata City, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum G.P.A.: 3.0 Program Option: AU Partner University / Exchange
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Language Prerequisite: No foreign language background required
Housing: Host Family, Residence Hall Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
AU School or College: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Professional Studies, School of Art & Design
Program Description:


§ Kansai region offers a taste of both old and new Japan;
§  Three-day comprehensive orientation to ensure smooth transition;
§ An interaction program called speaking partner program allows international students to connect with local KG students;
§ Experience Japan Program allows locals to introduce international students to a variety of aspects of Japanese culture;
§  An exquisite center for international education that provides all kinds of support.


Kansai Gaidai is located in the city of Hirakata (pop.: 405,000), midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest industrial metropolis, and Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capitals of Japan. Located in the cultural heart of Japan, the campus provides an excellent starting point from which to begin exploring a fascinating country. 


Students can choose to live in an off-campus dormitory or with a host family. If you're looking for an authentic Japanese experience, the homestay option will offer the best way to learn about Japan. There are also four seminar houses a bike-ride away from campus that house many international students. 


Students are responsible for their own trans-pacific transportation. Local transportation is also the responsibility of the student. Train is the typical mode of transportation used when traveling to cities nearby.  


The curriculum of the Asian Studies Program is twofold; the rigorous Japanese language studies and courses in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Business/Economics pertinent to Japan and Asia make it possible for participants to approach a wide array of study areas during their stay in Japan.

While Japanese language instruction plays a key role in this program, this is not a language-training institute. For this reason, the structure of the program may not necessarily accommodate the needs of those students whose primary interest lies solely on acquisition of the Japanese language. Since all courses in the Asian Studies Program, aside from those focusing on the Japanese language, are conducted in English, it is possible for students with no previous Japanese training to pursue an in-depth study of Japan and Asia.


AU students must apply through the Office of International Programs on this site. Click “Apply Now” above to open an advising application; you will be prompted to complete a questionnaire about your study abroad plans, and then you can schedule a time to meet with our coordinator.

The information contained here is subject to change. Please check with the Office of International Programs for the latest information.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/16/2019 05/31/2019

** 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.