Japan - Kansai Gaidai
Kansai Gaidai University - Asian Studies Program
Kansai Gaidai University has an enrollment of about 13,000. Exchange students enroll in the Asian Studies Program, which draws almost 600 students each year from more than 250 universities around the world.
Kansai Gaidai relocated to a new campus in 2002, so all the facilities are new and offer the highest level of comfort.
Located in the cultural heart of Japan, the campus provides an excellent starting point from which to explore a fascinating and historical region of Japan. Many of the cities in the Kansai region are used in the Asian Studies Program for field trips, independent research, and case studies.
Osaka has been a major center of commerce since the eighteenth century, and is still a vast, expanding hub of business and industry today. As a center of pop culture, Osaka never ceases to generate a variety of new trends and give birth to new dimensions of the urban experience in Japan.
Kyoto was founded in the late eighth century, and retains much of its ancient character. While prestigious museums house the most valuable collections of Japanese art in the country, Kyoto itself is a fine museum in its own right. Fortunately, the city was not damaged in World War II, and therefore many of its temples and shrines are now national treasures for everyone to appreciate.
Kansai Gaidai is located in the city of Hirakata (pop. 408,000), midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest city, and Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capitals of Japan. An efficient public transportation system and the famous “bullet trains” make it easy to travel within the region and to other areas of Japan.
The Asian Studies Program is designed as a one-year study abroad experience, but students may elect to enroll for just one semester.
Students take Japanese courses in the morning and Social Sciences, Humanities, Business/Economics, and Studio Art courses in the afternoon. The program provides students with an opportunity to obtain firsthand knowledge of the culture and language of Japan.
Efficient language instruction through the latest innovations, fully equipped laboratories.
Homestays are encouraged, but on-campus residences are available.
Advance registration for classes.
- Fall Semester: Late August to mid-December
- Spring Semester: Late January to late May
Please see the 2020-21 Academic Calendar for specific dates
- Japanese Reading, Writing, & Speaking classes are required for all program participants. These classes are open to all language levels, although prior study of Japanese will prove very useful
- The majority of classes offered have an Asian Studies focus. Be willing to use these classes as electives or general education as few will satisfy specific degree requirements
- Courses are very experiential in nature and will give students a far greater appreciation for Japan and life in Asia
- Kansai Gaidai University Grading Scale
Language of Instruction
Class Level: Upper-division status (completion of 60 units)
GPA of 3.0 or above and good academic standing to departure
- Check course descriptions for any prerequisites.
- Special Note to Business Majors: In order to receive credit for upper-division courses abroad, you must have already completed your Pre-Core course work at CSUSM. Please see our Kansai Gaidai for Business Majors page.
15 semester units. Typically this equates to 4-5 classes/semester.
Students are offered a wide array of housing options, from homestay, to dorms, to apartments. Please see the KG Housing site for specific details.
- Students pay their normal State University Fee to CSU San Marcos, currently $3,858/semester. No tuition or fees due at Kansai Gaidai University.
- Homestay (including two meals per day): $3,081* per semester. On-campus Dormitory (double): $2,169* per semester
- Health Insurance: $265/semester
- Cost of meals and personal expenses will vary, but average $800 per month.
- Sample 2020-21 Budget
*Prices found on Kansai Gaidai's website have been converted from JPY (Japanese Yen) to USD (US Dollar) currency for reference. To find live currency rates visit Currency Converter
- For Fall/Year Semester Study: March 1
- For Spring Semester Study: September 1
*Apply early. This program generally fills before the closing deadlines.
How to Apply
- Visit the Kansai Gaidai website to learn about the University.
- For life in and around Japan, visit a good tourism site such as the Japan National Tourism Organization.
- Consult with the CSU San Marcos Study Abroad Advisor in ELB 588 to determine if you are eligible for this program.
- Consult with a faculty advisor in your major/minor department to determine which Kansai
Gaidai courses will count toward your major/minor/GE. Complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form.
- Flexibility is required for course selection. Courses for the current semester are posted after the application deadline. Review courses that were offered the previous semester.
- Registration in Kansai Gaidai courses takes place after arrival. A registration lottery number is assigned during orientation.
- Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM). Please pick your transcripts up in person and deliver them to ELB 588.
- Keep in mind that transcripts are now taking 7-10 business days to process. Plan accordingly.
- Please tell the Study Abroad Advisor of your intent to apply. You will be nominated
online and then sent a User ID and password to the online application system, KGENESYS.
- Please be sure to follow the checklist and attain the proper number of letters of recommendation, passport pictures, and medical clearance. This is a time consuming and detailed application, so please double check for errors.
- Once accepted, you will confirm participation on KGENESYS, so writing down this login and password is recommended.
- Submit additional application details to Global Education: CSUSM General Study Abroad Application
- Submit your flight details to Global Education: Flight Information Form
- Attend the pre-departure orientation and consult with the Study Abroad Advisor as necessary regarding the Student Visa process after Kansai Gaidai acceptance.