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  • Locations: Virtual, taught online from Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Subjects Available: Japanese, Virtual (fully online) Credit Load: 5
Exchange Program: No Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Program Advisor: Megumi Kim
Program Description:
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Academic Program

The online Summer Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University focuses on teaching the Japanese language and Asian studies. You will NOT travel to Japan; this is an online, virtual program only. 

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Kansai Gaidai’s 5-credit online summer program allows you to take Japanese Language 1. 

This Japanese Language 1 course is for beginners who have no formal training in the language. This course aims mainly at the development of speaking and listening skills, but also writing in hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji. Approximately 300 vocabulary words will be introduced. At the end of the course, successful students will be able to function in Japanese in everyday situations such as making requests, stating reasons, describing things, etc. Also, approximately 40 kanji will be introduced. This course will cover Lessons 1 through 6 of Genki I, third edition. 

Special features of the program
  • The Japanese Language 1 course will be composed of 45 lessons. 30 lessons are synchronous and 15 lessons are asynchronous. 
  • The class time will be from Japan time, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. For those who reside in New York, due to the time change, this would mean the Japanese Language 1 class would occur from Sunday - Thursday, 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m

Review Kansai Gaidai University’s website for more information.
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.


This online course counts 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. 

For further general academics information for UAlbany Students, please read HERE

Accommodations You will NOT travel to Japan; this is an online, virtual program only.

Estimate of Costs

Summer 2022 cost estimates can be found here.

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.


Academic Requirements

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.


Experiential Learning

Some virtual field trips are included as part of this program. 


Funding Opportunities

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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You will NOT travel to Japan; this is an online, virtual program only.


Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
  • Summer programs: December

Program Dates

Summer 2022



About the Program

You will NOT travel to Japan; this is an online, virtual program only. Kansai Gaidai University’s online courses are taught by their well-experienced faculty members. The summer program will include unique opportunities to participate in virtual field trips in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara as well as virtual interactions with local students.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process.
Kansai Gaidai University's International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter while enrolled in this online program. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 03/01/2024
03/15/2024 06/10/2024 07/19/2024

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This program is currently not accepting applications.