Asian Studies Program - Business
Kansai Gaidai University has an enrollment of 13,000. Exchange students enroll in
the special 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.
CSU San Marcos Global Business Management students may study for one semester at Kansai
Gaidai University in Japan as exchange students. Students in the Global Business Management
Option are eligible to apply and will take classes approved by the Program Director.
Other Business students may apply with the permission of their department chair or
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.
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.
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 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.
- With prior approval, coursework will fulfill business major requirements.
- 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 Business/Economics 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 2019-20 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
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.
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 2019-20 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
For Fall/Year Semester Study: March 1
For Spring Semester Study: September 1
Apply early. The programs generally fill before the closing deadlines.
How to Apply
- Visit the Kansai Gaidai website at www.kansaigaidai.ac.jp/asp/ to learn about the University.
- Consult with the CSU San Marcos Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 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 Craven 3200. Keep in mind that transcripts are now taking 7-10 business days to process. Plan
- 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 here: CSUSM General Study Abroad Application
- Submit your flight details to Global Education here: 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.