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Kansai Gaidai University
Hirakata City, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Housing Option:
Home stay, Residence hall Minimum GPA: 3.0
Program Type: Exchange
Language of Instruction:
Earned Hours Required: 12 S.H. Language Courses Offered: Japanese
Program Advisor: Ehren Kuzekov Areas of Study: Art, Asian Studies, Entrepreneurship, History, International Business, International Studies, Japanese, Management, Marketing, Religious Studies, Women's Studies
FL/GI Requirement: Yes Number of Semester Hours: 12
Program Description:
Kansai Gaidai University
Hirakata City, Japan

Eligibility: You must be a sophomore or higher upon arrival in Japan, meet WIU study abroad eligibility criteria, and have a 3.0 GPA. Open to all majors. This is a competitive program and space is limited.  No previous study of Japanese is necessary.

Location: Kansai Gaidai University is located in the city of Hirakata (population 405,000), midway between Osaka, Japan’s second largest industrial metropolis, and Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital. 

Academics: Courses are conducted in English except those concentrating on Japanese language; it is possible for even those students with little previous Japanese language training to pursue their area of interest.  Students are required to study Japanese and most will spend one semester in the Asian Studies Program. Most courses meet junior level undergraduate requirements or higher.  Most students will take four or five courses, including Spoken Japanese, consisting of five hours of class work per week. Japanese writing and reading courses meet three times per week. Most of the courses are conducted in two 80-minute sessions per week.  Subjects include Japanese, Business, International Business and Economics, History, Culture, Anthropology, Religion, Art, Literature, Cinema and Studio Art.  Additional courses are available in English. All offer insight into the Asian perspective.

 Housing: Students can choose from two types of housing: homestay or dormitory.  Homestay participation is strongly encouraged because it provides excellent opportunity to acquire and enhance knowledge about Japanese language and culture.  There are four dormitories which allow living among fellow students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Program dates:

 Spring semester: late January—mid May

 Fall semester: early September—mid December

Priority application dates:

 Spring semester: October 1st

 Fall semester: March 1st














Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** 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.