Kansai Gaidai University, founded post-WWII in 1945, has grown from an initial enrollment of 8 students to a powerhouse international university with more than 13,000 students. The universities founder hoped to create an institution that would develop in its students a sense of internationalism. KGU collaborates with nearly 400 international universities in more than 55 countries to provide students with diversified educational programs that encourage the pursuit of intellectual curiosity, self awareness and concern for others.
The Surrounding Area
Kansai Gaidai is located in Hirakata city, the commercial and cultural heat of Japan, and part of the Osaka prefecture. Both Osaka, Japan's second largest metropolis, and Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, are not far from Hirakata. A train ride of 30 to 90 minutes will bring you to the major cities of Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Kobe. Kansai Gaidai's campus location marks an excellent starting point from which you can begin your exploration of Japan.
Significant within the Japanese education system, joining a club is great way to quickly meet friends and immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Kansai Gaidai offers clubs such as Karate and Aikido, basketball and soccer, and Ikebana (Flower Arrangement) and Calligraphy. Kansai Gaidai has a variety of on and off campus friendship programs between international and local students such as their Experience Japan Program. This program presents international students with various hands-on activities to introduce Japanese culture through day trips, sports, cooking or Japanese distinctive cultural activities. For more information, click here!
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.5+ GPA at time of application
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNC Wilmington study abroad program with Kansai Gaidai University will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. Areas of study include Japanese language and culture (beginner through advanced), Asian studies, communication and media studies, business, political science, art and history. Students are invited to join these academic divisions by taking courses in either English or Japanese. Kansai Gaidai's Asian studies program is special in its commitment to educate students on all aspects of Japanese life: language, cultural values, business practices, political institutions, arts, literature, and historical landmarks in the evolution of international relations. This program increases participants opportunity to fully integrate into the academic and social community of Kansai Gaidai. Please make an appointment with the education abroad advisor for Japan to discuss KGU's course offerings and credit transfer process.
Kansai Gaidai offers its international students two types of housing arrangements: homestay or residence hall (Global Commons -YUI-). Global Commons offers single rooms equipped with a desk, bed, closet, book shelves, small refrigerator, and air-conditioner. Internet access and linen service are available. The building features a communal workout room, karaoke room, study room, living room, dining room and kitchen for meal preparation. Through homestay experience, students are able to gain an insight into Japanese life by participating in daily family routine.
Both arrangements provide students with many opportunities to experience Japanese life and culture first-hand. For more information, click here!
Academic Year Dates
Late August to Late May
Fall Semester Dates
Late August to Late December
Spring Semester Dates
Mid-January to Late May
This program is available as a Full Exchange or as Study Abroad:
- Full Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, room and board costs are also paid to UNCW as well.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with the education abroad advisor for Japan to discuss your program budget and options.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/ international/abroad/aid.html.