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Kansai Gaidai University

Please note: Application through Hollins is open to Hollins University students only.

Located between the ancient capital of Kyoto, with its temples and shrines, and the bustling business center of Osaka, Kansai Gaidai University offers the best of ancient and modern Japan. The university's Asian Studies Program offers Hollins students a unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience with the language and culture of Japan through formal course work, guest lectures, field trips, and interactions with Japanese students and families.

Students in this program take a required course in Japanese language and select their other courses from offerings in business, history, religion, sociology, literature, and art. The courses take extensive advantage of Kansai Gaidai's proximity to Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara for field trips, research, and case studies. For example, students in courses on Japanese art take trips to see the ancient tombs in Asuka, mountain temples in Nara, and museums in Kyoto, while business students may visit the world's leading trading companies, advertising agencies, and manufacturing plants. All classes are conducted in English.

Hollins students enrolling at Kansai Gaidai University may choose to live in an Asian Studies Program residence hall with other international students or with a Japanese family.

The program at Kansai Gaidai is open to qualified juniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Some background in Japanese language and/or Asian studies is helpful but not required.

The Hollins alumnae magazine held its first Study Abroad Photo Contest spring 2011. The six winning photos were featured in the Summer 2011 issue of the alumnae magazine. Photos from Japan »