Kansai Gaidai University, Japan

Students will begin their studies abroad at Kansai Gaidai University

Located between the shrines and temples of Kyoto and the bustling business center of Osaka, Kansai Gaidai University offers the best of ancient and modern Japan.

What You’ll Learn

The university’s Asian Studies Program offers firsthand experience to study abroad in Japan with Japanese language and culture through formal course work, guest lectures, field trips, and interactions with Japanese students and families.

You’ll take a required course in Japanese language, and select other courses in:

  • Business
  • History
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Literature
  • Art

The courses take extensive advantage of Kansai Gaidai’s proximity to Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara for field trips, research, and case studies. Students in art courses take trips to see the ancient tombs in Asuka, mountain temples in Nara, and museums in Kyoto. Business students may visit the world’s leading trading companies, advertising agencies, and manufacturing plants.

All classes are conducted in English.

Japan-dragonLiving in Japan

You can choose to live in an Asian Studies Program residence hall with other international students. You may also live with a host Japanese family.


  • Open for both fall and spring semesters
  • You must be a junior with a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Some background in Japanese language and/or Asian studies is helpful, but not required