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  • Locations: Hirakata, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: BW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 11/01/2020 ** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Home Stay, On Campus
Program Description:
Kansai Gaidai University

Kansai Gaidai     Japanese flag map     Osaka Japan pic 3    

History & Description

Kansai University was founded as Kansai Law School in November 1886 in the large commercial city of Osaka.  At Kansai, Western legal concepts, including that of human rights, were introduced into Japan by distinguished foreign scholars engaged by the Ministry. Inspired by these new ideas of thoughts, the founders of Kansai Law School saw it as their duty to popularize two notions specifically: that of an independent judiciary, and that of human rights.

These notions were the lodestone of the university's academic tradition of nurturing a love of justice and a concern for protecting individual freedoms.  In 1905, the institution was granted the title ‘Kansai University,’ and subsequently, in 1922, its main campus was removed to its present more extensive site in Suita (a suburb of Osaka), thus paving the way for later growth.

In consequence of the educational reforms carried out soon after the end of the Second World War, Kansai University created three new areas of study: Letters, Economics, and Commerce.  And with that curriculum change, its first Graduate School was established in 1950. Subsequent to this, its Faculty of Engineering was founded in 1958, followed in 1967 by the founding of its Faculty of Sociology. More recently (in 1994), and in response to the requirements of a global, a seventh faculty - that of Informatics - was instituted on a further campus, created just outside of Takatsuki. Finally, the Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research was inaugurated in 2000.

Today, the University, with its attached senior and junior high schools, and kindergarten, has a total student body of thirty thousand and in terms of curricular options, Kansai now offers 13 undergraduate areas of study, 12 graduate schools, and 3 professional graduate schools.

Osaka, Japan

Famous for its down-to-earth citizens and hearty cuisine, Osaka combines a few historical and cultural attractions with all the delights of a modern Japanese city.  Some of Osaka’s highlights include Osaka-jo and its surrounding park; Osaka Aquarium with its enormous whale shark; the Blade Runner nightscapes of the Dotombori area; and the wonderful Open Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses. But Osaka has more to offer than its specific sights; like Tokyo, Osaka is a city to be experienced in its totality, and casual strolls are likely to be just as rewarding as structured sightseeing tours.


Osaka 1     Osaka 2     Osaka 3

About The Program

Kansai Gaidai emphasizes the importance of international education throughout its curriculum and therefore it is truly devoted to international exchange programs.  The university welcomes about 700 international students from all over the world each year while sending about 1,500 Japanese students abroad to affiliated institutions. 

Orientation and Airport Pick-Up

Orientation is provided by this institution for all incoming international students.  More information will be available in the acceptance packet.


In this program, students can choose to participate in a home stay or to live in a international student dormitory called a "Seminar House".   

Meal Plan
Students are offered a meal plan through Kansai that covers 3 meals per day.


Public transportation is very reliable in Osaka. And, more information regarding access and metro/bus cards will be provided on-site.

Banking & Cell Phones

It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account.  It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals  in order to best avoid any banking problems.  Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session.  

As for cell phone usage, it is recommended that students buy a cell phone and phone card/s in-country.


In terms of academics, classes are taught in English and although Internet is reliable and available on the campus, it is still recommended that you bring your own laptop for convenience. 

All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding insurance coverage will be provided once you begin an online application or contact Explorations for more details. 

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester:          September 3 - December 19
Spring Semester:     January 24 - May 23


Current BW Status

You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.


Your cumulative grade point average has to be 3.0 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.)  If lower than a 3.0, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.

Student Conduct Record

Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).

Bursar's Approval

Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.


All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding insurance coverage will be provided once you begin an online application or contact Explorations for more details. 

What Can I Study?

There are classes available in the following areas: Art (Studio), Art History, Arts Management, Business, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Digital Media & Design, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Business, International Studies, Japanese Language, Organizational Leadership, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology.  For a list of classes that have transferred in the past, please come to the Explorations Office for more information. 

Academic Credit

In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.

How Much Does It Cost?

Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit :