Anthropology, Art, Business, Communication, Cultural and Area Studies, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, Film Studies, Globalization Studies, Health Science, History, Illustration, Japanese, Japanese Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Multicultural Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology
Additional Program Requirements:
12-19 per semester
Internships are available
Language of Instruction:
English is the primary language of instruction, Language training available at this site
Kansai Gaidai is a private, nonprofit institution composed of Kansai Gaidai University, (four-year program), Kansai Gaidai College (two-year program), the Graduate School, and the Asian Studies Program. Established in 1972, Kansai Gaidai’s Asian Studies Program today annually welcomes over 600 competitively-selected students who represent about 40 countries and regions.
The goal of the program is to provide international students with a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people.
All the academic programs of Kansai Gaidai University are fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, which is the sole accrediting agency in Japan.
The University at Albany’s exchange affiliation with Kansai University of Foreign Studies (Kansai Gaidai) enables you to study Japanese language and Asian culture, and is intended for U.S. students interested in developing Japanese language skills and in pursuing in-depth study of subjects related to Japan.
Juniors, seniors, and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible. Students with a lower GPA should consult with us about whether or not to apply. Participants should have completed basic coursework in the humanities and social sciences as prerequisites for the Asian Studies curriculum. Coursework in Asian Studies is strongly recommended. Prior knowledge of Japanese is recommended, but NOT required. Please note that non-SUNY students must have completed at least one year of Japanese study.
Participating students are admitted to Kansai Gaidai's Asian Studies Program. A five-credit Spoken Japanese course is required of all students. An optional three-credit course in Reading & Writing Japanese is available at all language levels. In addition to language classes, students may choose from a variety of undergraduate courses in Asian Studies (taught in English). UAlbany will award the same credits and grades as Kansai Gaidai.
General Education Information for UAlbany students: Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits. You may file a request to have additional courses approved.
There is no credit conversion for this program. 1 Kansai Gaidai University credit = 1 SUNY credit.
Kansai Gaidai University awards A+ grades, but UAlbany does not. A+ = A
UAlbany hosts a general orientation session on campus during the semester prior to participation on the program. The program at Kansai Gaidai begins with a required one-week orientation program designed to introduce students to the basics of daily life in Japan. A Japanese language placement test is administered to all students except those with no knowledge of the Japanese language, and course registrations are finalized.
UAlbany staff is available throughout the year to assist students and their parents. The Office of Education Abroad staff at Kansai Gaidai serves as an experienced resource for solving problems for students while overseas.
Housing for our students is provided through a homestay program where students experience daily life with a Japanese family. The homestay program is indispensable, as it further enhances language learning and the appreciation of Japanese culture.
While it is strongly recommended that all participants take advantage of the homestay program, the demand for placement with a Japanese family is high, and students may be assigned dormitory housing. In fact, many students elect this option. The dormitories consist of Japanese-style rooms, and are located nearby but not directly on campus.
NOTE: The "decision date" for your program is the date by which you have access to the post-acceptance required materials, questionnaires, and learning content items for your program. It is NOT the date by which you must notify UAlbany of your decision as to whether or not you will participate in the program. Your nonrefundable deposit and commitment to the program is expected within two weeks of your acceptance by UAlbany.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.