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  • Locations: Hirakata, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03/15/2023 ** 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.
Program Description:

UW-W Partnership

Kansai Gaidai University
Summer Program - Asian Studies Program

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  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Degree-seeking students in a college or university
Credits earned 10 UW-W credits
Program dates 6 weeks: June 11 - July 26, 2018
Application deadline UWW: February 2, 2018
Brochure KGUASP leaflet.pdf


Experience Japan in Summer is a 6-week program offered by the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University. It offers invaluable experiences to those students who are interested in learning Japanese language and selected topics in Asian Studies. 

The combination of an elementary Japanese language course with lectures in the Asian Studies will lay a foundation for understanding Japan and its people. Field trips and student-organized activities will add interesting hands-on experiences to your learning.

The courses offered in Summer 2018 are:

Japanese Language (8 credits)
  • Japanese Level 2
Course Objectives: At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to adequately handle everyday conversation to meet basic communication needs in Japanese, including expressing opinions, talking about experiences, and giving advice.

Textbooks for Japanese Level 2: Genki I (2nd edition), Japan Times (Lessons 6 – 12) Genki I Workbook (2nd edition), Japan Times (Lessons 6 – 12)
  • Japanese Level 3

    Course Objectives: At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to say what you can or cannot do, explain about people or things in detail, apologize and talk about hopes and wishes.

    Textbooks for Japanese Level 3: Genki II (2nd edition), Japan Times (Lessons 13 – 18) Genki II Workbook (2nd edition), Japan Times (Lessons 13–18)

*Depending on the result of the placement test, the lessons we cover may change. *For the content of Genki I and II, please refer to the following website:

Introduction to Asian Studies (Culture/ International Relations) (2 credits)
This course will cover some topic areas related to Asian Studies: Japanese Culture and International Relations.


Summer program participants will be accommodated in KGU's brand-new international student dormitory “YUI”, in which abundant opportunities are available to interact with local students living in the same dormitory (smoke-free dormitory). 

Lunches can be bought at on-campus cafeterias daily, except Sundays. Kitchen facilities are available in the student dormitory. Students are expected to cook their own meals. Supermarkets as well as restaurants are available within walking distance. 

Student Life and Surroundings

Kansai Gaidai University was founded in 1945 and has a student enrollment of 13,000 students. The university is located in Hirakata City, which is midway between Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, and Osaka, the second-largest business hub in Japan. The location of the program offers an excellent starting point for your exploration of Japan. Kansai Gaidai is accessible, within a one-hour train ride, to Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.

Kansai Gaidai has two campuses in Hirakata: the Nakamiya campus and the Gakkentoshi campus. The Center for International Education, the centerpiece for the Asian Studies Program is located at the Nakamiya campus.

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Cost of Attendance

UW-W financial aid can be used on this program.  UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition* (program fee ¥305,000) 2,710
Application/Administration Fee 225
Contingency Fee 50
CISI Insurance 66
Subtotal $3,051
Additional Estimated Expenses  
Passport/Passport Photos 150
Round-Trip Airfare 900
Meals* (est. ¥80,000) 710
Personal/Miscellaneous 750
Subtotal $2,510
Total $5,561
*JPY⇔ USD exchange rate taken on 12/6/2017.  Rates subject to change. 


Office of Global Experiences
Office: McCutchan 204
Phone: 262-472-5759