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* Kansai Gaidai University - Hirakata, Japan
Hirakata, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017
10/02/2017 01/17/2018 06/01/2018
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Program Coordinator:
Ciara Cole Program Type: CSU Exchange Program
Areas of Study:
Business, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts Recommended Programs: International Studies
Program Description:

Kansai Gaidai University

Hirakata, Japan

Kansai Gaidai, JapanJapan in fallJapanese lunch

Exchange space limited for Spring 2018


Kansai Gaidai University was originally established in 1945 as a small, private language school. Having experienced the horrors of World War II, the founder hoped to create an institution which would develop in its students a sense of internationalization and intercultural understanding. Today, the university and its associated college and graduate school have a total student enrollment of 11,500 in addition to the Asian Studies Program for international students with an annual enrollment of nearly 500.

Located in the Kansai (western) region of Japan, Kansai Gaidai University is in the city of Hirakata (population: 405,000). The city provides easy access to Osaka, Japan's second largest business center. It is only one hour from Kyoto, the country's ancient capital of tradition and culture. The location is ideal for those interested in exploring Japan's past and present, experiencing the ancient traditions and contemporary Japan.


All students, regardless of major, are required to take an intensive five-credit course in the spoken Japanese language each semester and are strongly encouraged to take a Japanese reading and writing course. Courses in Social Sciences and Humanities, Business and Economics, and Studio Arts are also offered, with lectures conducted in English.

Course Listing


Students have the choice of staying with a Japanese family or in a dormitory. It is suggested that you consider staying with a Japanese family. In addition to the advantages of being immersed in the language, staying with a family adds substantially to learning about Japanese culture and society.

Housing Descriptions

The fall semester begins the last week of August and ends mid-December. Spring semester starts during the last week in January and concludes at the end of May. There is a two-day orientation prior to the beginning of classes.

Key Dates

Academic Calendar


Kansai Gaidai Asian Studies Program
Consulate General of Japan in Denver
Japanese Tourism