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Kansai Gaidai University
Hirakata, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Minimum GPA: 3.0
Credit Type: Resident
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Established in 1972, this Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University annually welcomes over 600 competitively selected students who represent about 40 countries and regions. Except for Japanese language courses, all courses are conducted in English.  Efficient language training with the latest innovations in linguistic instruction, fully equipped language laboratories, friendship programs with Japanese students, as well as a homestay program, will all contribute to the rapid development of participants’ language proficiency and  understanding of the Japanese culture.
Kansai Gaidai is located in Hirakata, Japan, a city of around 400,000. It is situated between Osaka City and Kyoto in mid-west Japan.  Japan is the ninth-most populated country in the world, with 127.3 million people. The Japanese call their country Nihon or Nipon, which means “origin of the sun”. An emperor has ruled in Japan since about the 7th century, but since about 1952, it has been a constitutional monarchy.

Academic Calendar
OSU Kansai Gaidai University
Fall Fall
Late August- Mid December
Spring Spring
Mid January- Late May
Please note, these dates are subject to change. For the most accurate information, please visit the host university website

Before going abroad, you will need to investigate the courses available at potential host institutions. OSU students studying abroad must take at least the equivalent of 12 OSU credit hours during their exchange semester. Please be sure to read the course descriptions provided by the host institution and compare them to your coursework at OSU. 

OSU students studying at Kansai Gaidai have taken courses in business administration, art, Asian studies, economics, philosophy, sociology, psychology, history, management, political science, Japanese, religion, and more! Click here for information on the courses offered. From here, you may choose Japanese Language, Lecture Courses, or Studio Art Courses. There are course descriptions that can be downloaded with Adobe Acrobat. 

Students participating in a reciprocal exchange program must have completed at least 45 credit hours and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above at the time they intend to participate.

For estimated expenses, please refer to the budget sheets located at the top of this brochure. OSU students who attend Kansai Gaidai pay OSU for room and board at the Kerr-Drummond and Platinum Meal Plan rates.

The university helps coordinate housing by either on campus living arrangements or a homestay option. For more information, please refer to the host university website

Visa Information
Students studying for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa or residency permit. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to obtain visa information.

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Asian Studies Program

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Calendar Year 2019 12/31/2019 ** 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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