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  • Locations: Hirakata, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UNCW applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Program Type: Study Abroad
Provider: Direct Partner Field of Study: Asian Studies, Japanese
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Advisor: Katrena Henderson
Program Description:
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Program Description

The University
Kansai Gaidai University is an 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 heart 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.

City Population.................................................................403,000
University Enrollment.......................................................13,000


  • 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
  • One semester of college level Japanese required

Academic Details

Experience Japan in Summer is a 6-week program offered by the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University. It offers invaluable experiences to those students who are interested in learning Japanese language and selected topics in Asian Studies. The combination of an elementary Japanese language course with lectures in the Asian Studies will lay a foundation for understanding Japan and its people. Field trips and student-organized activities will add interesting hands-on experiences to your learning.

Japanese Language 12 hours/week x 6 weeks 5 credits - One semester of college-level Japanese or the equivalent is required.
Introduction to Asian Studies 3 - 4.5 hours/week x 6 weeks 2 credits
Cultural Activities may include, but are not limited to: field trips to historical sites, or businesses, etc.


Summer program participants will be accommodated in the brand-new international student dormitory, Global Commons -YUI, in which abundant opportunities are available to interact with local students living in the same dormitory. YUT 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. For more information, click here!

Program Dates

Program Dates
Early June to Mid-July

Financial Details

Program Cost
This program is available as a Study Abroad. This means you pay a program fee to Kansai Gaidai University, which includes airport pick-up service, tuition, room charge, liability insurance, and some field trips. 

There will be additional costs for international airfare, meals,  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 international/abroad/aid.html.

Next Steps and More Information 

This program is currently not accepting applications.