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Japan: Kansai Gaidai University
Hirakata City (Osaka Region), Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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SUNY code: 705
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Kansai Gaidai University.

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Program Information

Our exchange affiliation with Kansai University of Foreign Studies (Kansai Gaidai) enables students 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.

Course Descriptions


Academic Calendar

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.

Support Services

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.

Kansai Gaidai Building with Fountain

UAlbany staff is available throughout the year to assist students and their parents.  The Center for International Education 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.


.Please click to view or download the most recent estimate of costs here: Kansai Gaidai Cost Estimates 2016-17

Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid

Please consider applying for the Freeman-Asia Scholarship! Click here for more information.


For more information on Kansai Gaidai, Japan, and the Kansai region we suggest visiting the following websites:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/01/2016
10/07/2016 01/17/2017 05/27/2017
NOTE: Students are expected to arrive in Japan by 1/17/17, and depart no earlier than 5/26/17, unless finals are completed early. Insurance dates: 1/15/17-6/15/17
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/31/2017 04/14/2017 TBA TBA
Fall 2017 03/31/2017 04/14/2017 TBA TBA

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