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  • Locations: Hirakata, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Host Institution Website: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: LMU applicants only
  • Program Costs: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start/Arrival Date End/Departure Date
Fall 2019 03/02/2019
03/26/2019 08/26/2019 12/21/2019
NOTE: NOTE: The start and end dates listed here are approximate. Please confirm arrival and departure dates with host institution upon acceptance.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Application Fee: $100 Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid Applicability: All Financial Aid (Institutional, Federal and State)
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Option(s): Homestay, Student Residence Hall Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: LMU Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad 101 Info Session Required: Yes Study Abroad Advisor: Wilson Potts
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Program Advising Meeting Required: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Economics, Engineering, History, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Theological Studies
Program Description:
Osaka, Japan

An exchange program is an exceptional opportunity to enhance one's college experience and become fully immersed in another culture at another university campus. Students will live and study side-by-side with local students from the host country and other international students there, giving students a true taste of what the student life in that country is all about. Academically, students will be challenged by learning a new language – if they choose – or exploring an array of unique course offerings that count as transfer credit toward their LMU degree. 

The Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University was established in 1972 to provide students with the opportunity to study and obtain practical knowledge of the culture and language of Japan. All classes in the Asian Studies Program are conducted in English, except for Japanese language courses. The combination of the rigorous Japanese language program and a wide variety of courses (economics, anthropology, history, political science, religion, sociology) focusing on Japan/Asia make it possible for students to acquire a well-rounded knowledge of the region. Kansai Gaidai University has exchange agreements with more than 330 institutions in 50 countries and regions. Click here for the digital brochure.


Kansai Gaidai's two campuses, Nakamiya and Hotani, are in Hirakata City (population 405,000) near Osaka, which is the second-largest business metropolis in Japan, after Tokyo.  Hirakata is also close to Kyoto and Nara, both of which are synonymous with Japan's rich tradition. This geographic advantage provides students with easy access to the centers of Osaka and Kyoto by train. The campus location provides an excellent starting point from which to begin exploring a land that is truly fascinating. General information on areas surrounding Kansai Gaidai can be found on their website here.


The Curriculum of the Asian Studies Program is twofold; the rigorous Japanese language studies and courses in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Business/Economics pertinent to Japan and Asia make it possible for participants to approach a wide array of study areas during their stay in Japan. While the program places emphasis on teaching the Japanese language, Kansai Gaidai is by no means a language-training Institute. Since all courses in the Asian Studies Program, aside from those focusing on the Japanese language, are conducted in English, it is possible for students with no previous Japanese training to pursue an in-depth study of Japan and Asia. Information regarding the curriculum and the courses offered at Kansai Gaidai can be found within the links listed below.

Curriculum at Kansai Gaidai
Courses Offered
Course Descriptions which includes PDF lists of courses by departments

Kansai Gaidai

Kansai Gaidai University offers its international students three types of housing arrangements: homestay, dormitory, and off-campus housing.

Homestay participation is strongly encouraged because it provides an excellent opportunity for students to experience and build their knowledge of the Japanese language and culture. Living with a Japanese family can be the highlight of a student's stay in Japan as it enhances the knowledge acquired in the classroom. During the week, students are provided two meals (breakfast and dinner) by the host family and are provided with three meals by the host family on the weekend. The exception to this is if the student chooses to go out, during which the students will have to pay for their own food. Additional information on a Homestay in Japan can be found here.

Dormitories, called "International Seminar Houses," offer an international living environment. Dormitory living allows students to acquire and experience various cultural perspectives with fellow students since they will be living in proximity to students from all over the world. Kansai Gaidai has four dormitories located in the middle of a typical Japanese neighborhood. Each of these dormitories is within a 20-minute walk of Kansai Gaidai Nakamiya Campus, 10-minute walk from a supermarket, and a 20-minute walk from the nearest train station. The dormitories do not offer catering services. Students are expected to cook their own meals in the kitchen or eat at University cafeterias or local restaurants. Each student is given a full range of cooking equipment including cooking utensils, pans, cups, plates, knives, forks, and storage space in a shared refrigerator. For additional information on Dormitory living, click here.

Off-Campus housing assistance is provided primarily to those students who extend their stay into the second semester, as well as to students with spouses or children, as family-friendly accommodations are not available on campus since there is an overall housing shortage in Japan as well as peculiarities in Japanese rental agreements. The availability of these accommodations varies each semester. More information on off-campus housing can be found here.


Kansai Gaidai Study Abroad Guide
Admission Procedures
Visa Information


This program is currently not accepting applications.