Cultural and Area Studies, History, International Relations, Japanese, Japanese Studies, Political Science
Additional Program Requirements:
Must be 18 at time of participation
Language of Instruction:
No previous language study required
Kansai Gaidai University
Experience the cultural wonders of Japan in Hirakata City. Located in the Kansai region, you will be near both Osaka, the nation’s second-largest city, and historic Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital of Japan. You can access both Kyoto and Osaka in less than an hour’s train ride. Visit Buddhist temples, enjoy sushi and experience Japanese culture firsthand in Hirakata City.
Kansai Gaidai University specializes in foreign language study. You will study Japanese at the Asian Studies Program, where students from around the world come to learn Japanese language and culture. The inernational community on campus provides many cultural events where you will learn about Japan. Enjoy Kansai Gaidai University’s international mindset while learning about Japan.
Kansai Gaidai University offers a wide range of courses for undergraduate students. The Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University focuses on providing you with a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
Kansai Gaidai’s 8-credit summer program includes three courses: Introductory Japanese Language, Japanese History, and Cultural Activities. The combination of an introductory Japanese language course with lectures in history will lay a foundation for understanding about Japan and its people. Field trips and student-organized activities will add an interesting hands-on experience to your learning.
You will be awarded 6 credits for the language component and 2 credits for the Japanese Culture component, for a total of 8 credits. Please note, this is different than the 10 total credits advertised by Kansai Gaidai.
Review Kansai Gaidai University’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
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 elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
There are two housing options for this program: living in the dormitory and making your own off campus living arrangements. If you choose to stay on campus, you will be accommodated in Kansai Gaidai University's designated student dormitory, Global Commons – YUI. All dormitories have single-occupancy rooms equipped with a desk, bed, closet, book shelves, shoe storage box, small refrigerator, and air-conditioner. Internet access and linen service is available. There is a tatami floor living room that is a convenient place for gathering and interacting in a relaxed atmosphere. Shared full kitchen facilities are available for cooking.
There is no meal plan for this program. You may choose to purchase meals in the cafeteria, cook, or eat out at local restaurants.
Juniors, seniors, and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.
Must be at least 18 years old, currently enrolled as degree-seeking student in a college or university, and have an interest in Japan.
You are required to have mastered hiragana and katakana (Japanese scripts) prior to the beginning of the program. However, if don’t have to have any Japanese language background, you’re still eligible for this program.
Some field trips and student-organized activities are included in the program charge. Activities may include, but are not limited to: field trips to historical sites, businesses, etc.
You may also enjoy other tourist attractions and events off campus, on your own.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
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About the City
Kansai Gaidai University is located in Hirakata City, near Osaka, the second largest business metropolis in Japan. Osaka and Kyoto are just under an hour from campus by train. The location of the program offers an excellent starting point for your exploration in Japan.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are not required to obtain a visa in order to participate in this program.
For all other nationalities, please check with your government and the Consulate General of Japan website to determine whether you are required to obtain a visa for this program.
More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
Summer programs: December
06/13/2018 to 07/24/2018
June 11 Arrival (Check-In)
June 12 Orientation
June 13 Classes Begin
July 21 (Saturday) Farewell Event
July 24 Classes End
July 26 Dorm Check-Out
About the Program
Kansai Gaidai University 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 annually welcomes over 600 competitively-selected students who represent about 40 countries and regions.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad. Upon arrival at Kansai Gaidai University, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
Kansai Gaidai University's International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.