Exchange (Bilateral) Japan: Kansai Gaidai University
Hirakata, Japan (Outgoing Program)
|Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||UW-Whitewater applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Academic Year||2021-2022||04/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Fall||2021||04/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring||2022||11/01/2021 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** 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.
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|English and Foreign Language|
Glossary entry for program parameter 10346Housing Options:
|Apartment, Dorm/On-Campus, Home-Stay||
Glossary entry for program parameter 10347Minimum GPA:
Glossary entry for program parameter 10348Class Standing:
|Junior, Senior, Sophomore||
Glossary entry for program parameter 10357Areas of Study:
|Arts, Asian Studies, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, International Business, International Studies, Japanese, Marketing, Religious Studies|
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Kansai Gaidai University
UW-W Exchange Program
|Location||Hirakata, Osaka, Japan|
|Academic Focus||Asian Studies|
|Eligibility||3.0 GPA; at least a sophomore standing at the time of application|
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Partner Website||Click Here|
Kansai Gaidai University, located in the city of Hirakata in the Osaka region of Japan, is renowned for its commitment to international education, and especially its long-standing Asian Studies program for international students. Located near the cultural and commercial cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara, this program provides students with a variety of Japanese cultural experiences.
AcademicsEstablished in 1972, the Asian Studies Program annually welcomes over 600 competitively selected students who represent about 40 countries and regions. The goal of the program is to provide international students with a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people.
Japanese language courses range from the introductory to advanced levels, and students of all levels of Japanese may participate. Preference will be given to students who have a major or minor in Japanese or Asian Studies.
Students participating in this program take eight credits of Japanese language each semester. Remaining courses are selected from a variety of English-taught course offerings in Asian Studies, including those with a focus on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and business.
Students must have sophomore standing, a 3.0 GPA at time of application, a clean disciplinary record and be back at UW-W for one semester before graduating. Preference will be given to those students who have a major or minor in Asian studies or Japanese. For more information on Kansai Gaidai's course listing, click here.
Kansai Gaidai offers students the choice to live in a homestay or in a dormitory. The homestay provides students with an authentic Japanese culture experience: host families are carefully selected by the Center for International Education and are committed to giving students the best opportunity to learn while abroad.
Dormitories are also an option for international students, especially those seeking a cross-cultural learning experience. The four international student dormitories, known as “Seminar Houses”, offer a comfortable alternative for students who choose to live among fellow students from different cultural backgrounds. Dorms come fully furnished and full kitchens are available.
For more information on accommodation, click here.
Student Life and SurroundingsThere are many opportunities for students to get involved with campus programs, student organizations, festivals, and athletic organizations while at Kansai Gaidai. Kansai Gaidai is located in the pop culture center for Japan, Osaka, which is also the second largest city in Japan. Kyoto,Nara, and Kobe are all short train rides away and offer students the opportunity to further immerse themselves in Japanese culture.
The Kansai Gaidai program operates on a “full exchange” basis: students participating in this program are subject to UW-W tuition, room, and board rates while receiving academic instruction, housing, and meals in Japan. UW-W tuition, room, and board, as well as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account. Other expenses (e.g. airfare, personal expenses) are paid by the student individually.
Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
As with all approved study abroad programs, UW-W financial aid can be used on this program. Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Grant for Study Abroad, and UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.
Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)
|Billed by UW-Whitewater|
|Additional Estimated Expenses|
|KGU International Student Fee (mandatory; 10,000 JPY)**||100|
|Japanese Liability Insurance (mandatory; 1,000 JPY)**||10|
**Exchange rate taken in November 2019. US dollar amount will vary depending on date exchange rate is taken.
**For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-W campus for one semester to be $7,400.
Passport and Visa RequirementsStudents will need a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of their program. Students in this program are also required to apply for a Japanese student visa.
|Term||Application Deadline||Term Dates|
|Academic Year||April 1||Late August to Late May|
|Fall Semester||April 1||Late August to Late December|
|Spring Semester||October 15||Mid January to Late May|
Office of Global Experiences
Office: McCutchan 204
UW-W Faculty Exchange Ambassador
Dr. Marjorie Rhine
Department of Languages & Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3122