Kansai Gaidai University

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

Eligibility:

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement). Minimum of one year of college-level Japanese language or the equivalent is required. Three letters of recommendation are required to apply. Space is typically limited to 3 Whitman students per semester.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring and Academic Year

Calendar:

August – December; January – May

Credits:

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)

Housing:

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

Meals:

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.

Internships:

None

Deadline:

See Kansai Gaidai financial aid link