Located in Hirakata, a city in Osaka prefacture, the Japanese university Kansai Gaidai University is a private university with an emphasis on international and language studies. Kansai Gaidai University’s renowned Asian Studies Program welcomes over 600 international students per semester, from over 40 countries. The program provides international students with a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people. Hirakata is a smaller city (by Japanese standards!) and is known for its amusement park, gardens, temples, museums, and shopping. Osaka, about 30 minutes from Hirakata by train, is the 2nd biggest city in Japan and is known as "Japan's Kitchen" for its famous cuisine.
Number of accepted students may be limited per semester: please email Syracuse Abroad for more information. Apply early!
- Minimum GPA: 3.0
- Syracuse University required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
- Students must have at least one year, preferably 2 years of college level experience
- No previous Japanese language coursework and/or skills are necessary
- Applications that are completed and meet our requirements are accepted on a first come first serve basis and also admitted based on the exchange numbers for each semester.
Fall Semester: late August to mid-December
Spring Semester: late January to late May
Kansai Gaidai offers a wide range of courses, from business and economics, history, political science, religion and sociology, to studio art courses. Students are required to take Japanese language (courses range from the introductory to the advanced level). Except for the Japanese language courses, all other courses are conducted in English. You are open to take any courses in the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University but they must be pre-approved by Syracuse. Students take a full semester of courses alongside other international and Japanese students. A typical course load is four courses although it is possible to take five courses. Grades from Kansai Gaidai will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at Syracuse University.
For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate Syracuse University academic department.
You have the option of either living on-campus in one of the four international study dormitories or with a host family. The dormitories have double rooms for two students and apartments for 6-8 students.
All U.S. Citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in Japan. Kansai Gaidai University will provide assistance with the visa application process.
You will pay Syracuse University tuition and can apply all Syracuse University financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.
For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here: Kansai Gaidai Budget 2018-2019.pdf
Deb Goddard, Counselor, email@example.com
Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and Kansai Gaidai University application.
- Complete Syracuse Abroad application.
- All application material must be submitted by the Syracuse University Abroad application deadline.
- Complete Kansai Gaidai University's application - link provided with your login ID from Kansai Gaidai University. Check the Kansai Gaidai University website for the application deadline.
- Follow instructions from Kansai Gaidai University for supplemental documents
Kansai Gaidai University - Asian Studies Program