Kansai Gaidai University

Kansai Gaidai was established in 1945, and has worked since its inception to promote international education. Kansai Gaidai has exchange agreements with 193 colleges and universities in 23 countries, including 124 in the United States. The university is located in Hirakata, which is between the industrial metropolis of Osaka and the classical cities of Kyoto and Nara, presenting many opportunities for field trips to learn about Japan's culture and business.

The Asian Studies Program accepts over 400 international students annually. The program's focus is providing students with knowledge of the culture and language of Japan. While previous study of Japanese is not required, it is encouraged. The program includes courses relating to Japan and Asia in humanities, social sciences, business, and economics. All non-language courses are taught in English and are designed to meet upper-level requirements of regular undergraduate programs so that credits can be transferred.

The Asian Studies Program follows the American school calendar with two sessions per year: from September to December and January to May. The program is designed to be year-long, but students may also enroll for one semester.

For more information see the Kansai Gaidai web site at http://www.kansaigaidai.ac.jp/asp/