Exchange (Bilateral) Japan: Kansai Gaidai University
Hirakata, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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|Restrictions:||UW-Whitewater applicants only|
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Program Type:||Exchange (Bilateral)||Language of Instruction:||English and Foreign Language|
|Housing Options:||Apartment, Dorm/On-Campus, Home-Stay||Minimum GPA:||3|
|Class Standing:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore||Areas of Study:||Arts, Asian Studies, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, International Business, International Studies, Japanese, Marketing, Psychology, Religious Studies|
Kansai Gaidai University
UW-W Exchange Program
|Academic Focus||Asian Studies|
|Language of Instruction||English|
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Kansai Gaidai University is a well established international institution in the field of international education in Japan. It is located near the cultural and commercial cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara, providing students a variety of Japanese cultural experiences. Kansai Gaidai’s world renowned Asian Studies programs have been providing international students excellent education since 1972.
AcademicsEstablished in 1972, the Asian Studies Program today 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 Japanese and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people.
Japanese language courses range from the introductory through the advanced levels, although previous Japanese language training is not required.
A variety of course offerings relevant to Japan and Asia, taught by experienced faculty members, will provide new perspectives for participants and inspire their intellectual and personal growth. One of the special advantages of studying in our program is the fact that all courses, except for Japanese language courses, are conducted in English.
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.
Kansai Gaidai offers students the choice between a homestay and living 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 in their country.
Dormitories are also an option for international students, especially those seeking a cross-cultural learning experience. The four international student dormitories, know 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.
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 and offer students opportunity to further immerse themselves in Japanese culture.
Exchange programs are affordable study abroad options that allow students to pay UW-W tuition while studying abroad. 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.
Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
UW-W tuition, as well as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account. Other expenses are paid individually (e.g. living expenses) or to the host university (e.g. accommodation).
Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)
|Billed by UW-Whitewater|
|Additional Estimated Expenses|
**For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-W campus for one semester to be $9,157
Passport and Visa Requirements
Students 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||February15th||Late August to Early June|
|Fall Semester||February15th||Late August to Mid December|
|Spring Semester||September15th||Late January to Early June|
CGE Exchange Coordinator
Center for Global Education
Office: Hyland 1227
Tel: 262-472-5759 (appointments)
UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Department of Sociology
Office: Laurentide 2110
UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Dept. of Languages & Literature
Office: Laurentide 3119
Tel: (262) 472-1241