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Exchange (Bilateral) Japan: Kansai Gaidai University
Hirakata, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2017 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Exchange (Bilateral)
Language of Instruction:
English and Foreign Language
Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorm/On-Campus, Home-Stay
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Areas of Study:
Arts, Asian Studies, Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, International Business, International Studies, Japanese, Marketing, Religious Studies
Target Language:
Program Description:

Kansai Gaidai University

UW-W Exchange Program

Kansai Gaidai Logo

Location Osaka, Japan
Academic Focus Asian Studies
Eligibility 3.0 GPA
Terms Semester, Year
Language of Instruction English
Partner Website Click Here

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. 


Established 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.  For more information on Kansai Gaidai's course listing, click here.


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.  For more information on accommodation, click here.


Student Life and Surroundings

There 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. 


Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

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.

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  
Tuition* 3,824
Housing 1,938
Meal Plan 1,225
Application/Administration Fee 225
Contingency Fee 50
CISI Insurance 170
Subtotal $7,432
Additional Estimated Expenses  
Passport/Passport Photos 150
Round-Trip Airfare 1,800
Books/Supplies 200
Personal/Miscellaneous 1,500
Subtotal $3,650
Total** $11,082
 *2016-17 UW-W tuition for in-state residents. Non-residents are subject to UW-W non-resident tuition rates.  Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year.
**For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-W campus for one semester to be $9,292

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.

Key Dates

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
Milliam Lor
Center for Global Education
Office: Hyland 1227
Tel:  262-472-5379 (direct)
        262-472-5759 (appointments)

UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Dr. Marjorie Rhine
Department of Languages & Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3122
Tel: 262-472-1081