Kansai Gaidai University

Kansai Gaidai University is located in the city of Hirakata, midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest industrial metropolis, and Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capitals of Japan. Located on the Yodo River in the cultural heart of Japan, the campus provides an excellent place from which to go exploring.  The Asian Studies Program offers many opportunities to travel to surrounding cities through field trips and independent research. If you are interested in studying abroad for a semester, please contact us to discuss the program in more detail.

Program Details


Applicants must have at least one year (preferably two years) of experience at a college level institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered for admission.


Kansai Gaidai offers a variety of housing options for international students.  

Options include: 

  • Homestay: The Homestay Program offers learning opportunities for both international students and Japanese families who are seeking to broaden their understanding about different cultures. 
  • Dormitory: Offer a comfortable alternative for students who choose to live among fellow students, who come from very diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Home Visit Program: allows students to become acquainted with aspects of Japanese culture and daily life through interaction with a Japanese family on weekends.
  • Off-Campus Housing: Some students may prefer to make their own housing arrangements.

The special feature of the program is to provide international students with a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with local people. Japanese language courses are offered from introductory to advanced levels, and thus previous Japanese language is not required. A wide variety of offerings relevant to Japan and Asia, taught by experienced faculty members in English, will provide new perspectives for participants and inspire their intellectual growth.

  • Fall Semester:  January to May 
  • Spring Semester: August to November


Qualifying freshman, sophomore, and transfer students can use their SPARK Grant for this short-term study abroad program.

Views from Abroad:

    At A Glance

    Term: Fall or Spring

    Program Level: Undergraduate

    Program Type: Academic

    Major(s): Open to all majors, but of particular interest to the following majors:

    • Anthropology
    • Business & Leadership
    • History
    • Museums, Archives, & Public History
    • Religious Studies
    • World Languages & Cultures

    Language Requirements: None

    Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0