Kansai Gaidai University is an international-oriented university with an Asian Studies Program specifically designed for international students who wish to study the Japanese language and learn about Japan. A wide array of elective courses about Japan in the fields of history, politics, US-Japan relations, studio art, religion, sociology, literature and film are taught in English. Located in Hirakata between the industrial metropolis of Osaka and the ancient capital of Kyoto, Kansai Gaidai lies in the heart of Japan.

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Akira Takemoto

Fields of study:

Japanese language and area studies courses


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Three letters of recommendation are required to apply. Space is typically limited to 3 Whitman students per semester.

Language Prerequisite:

Minimum of one year of college-level Japanese language or the equivalent is required.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring and Academic Year


August – December; January – May


14-17 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Intensive Spoken Japanese (5 credits)
Reading and Writing Japanese (3 credits)
Two or three elective courses (3 credits each)


Homestay with a Japanese family or university residence hall with other international students


Students living in the homestay take breakfast and dinners during the week and three meals during the weekend with their family. Students living in the residence hall are responsible for their own meals.




Kansai Gaidai Merit Scholarship

Program Link:

Kansai Gaidai University