Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan
Combining old world culture with new world technology, Japan remains one of the most intriguing and paradoxical countries of the world. From centuries-old temples, monuments, and castles reflecting Buddhist, Shinto, and Chinese influences, to modern cities with impeccable service and facilities, Japan is a fascinating destination.
TCU's sister school, Kansai Gaidai University, is ideally located near the ancient capital of Kyoto and Japan's second largest industrial metropolis, Osaka. Kansai Gaidai is a private university with over 11,000 students and 350 exchange students selected from nearly every state in the U.S. and a dozen other countries. Most international students attend Kansai Gaidai for its excellent Asian Studies Program. This program provides students from abroad with an ideal opportunity to study and obtain a practical knowledge of the culture and language of Japan.
Throughout the application and pre-departure process, Kansai Gaidai applicants work much more independently than students on other TCU study abroad programs, often coordinating their experience directly with Kansai Gaidai staff in Japan.
All students are required to take Spoken Japanese (5 credits) and can also take Reading & Writing Japanese (3 credits), which is optional. Students' language skills will be tested upon arrival to place them in the appropriate language course. All other courses are taught in English, and include fields such as Japanese culture, business, economics, history, political science, art, religion, society, literature, cinema, and psychology. They are worth 3 TCU credits each. Course information is online at http://www.kansaigaidai.ac.jp/asp/03_academics/02.html.
All courses count as TCU residency credit with grades counting towards the TCU GPA. As part of the application, students must have their classes pre-approved on the TCU Credit Approval Form.
- Homestay: offers an opportunity to develop language skills and learn about the culture. Families vary greatly, and the placement can range from a young family with children to a retired couple and everything in between. Families may vary in the amount of interaction you have, from making you a full member of their family to treating you more as a boarder. Families are located throughout the Osaka/Kyoto region and may require a commute of up to one hour by train or bus. Living with a family requires flexibility and respect, but brings with it great rewards. The homestay option provides you with a private room in the family's home, breakfast and dinner during the week and a small meal plan for lunch on campus during the week, and three meals a day during the weekend.
- Dormitory: offers an opportunity to live on campus with other international and Japanese students. While every attempt is made to room you with a Japanese student, this is not guaranteed. The dorm has furnished rooms and shared kitchen and living spaces. The meal plan covers meals three days a week.
You will be billed for block tuition and a standard dorm and meal plan at TCU. You will need to be prepared to pay for airfare, books, public transportation, passport and visa fees, and personal spending money. Students should also consider applying for external scholarships for study in Japan such as Bridging and Boren Scholarships, found on the Scholarships & Financial Aid page.
How to Apply
Eligible students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and two semesters at TCU. Japanese language background is not required but is preferred. TCU is limited to one student per year on this exchange, so interested students must first follow the nomination procedures and deadlines outlined below.
- Fall Exchange Programs: January 1
- Spring Exchange Programs: August 1
- Meet with the Study Abroad Coordinator
- Submit the Exchange Nomination Form.pdf to Reed 214, along with:
- Personal Statement (300 – 500 words) outlining your personal and academic goals for study abroad
- TCU Transcript in hard copy or sent electronically to email@example.com
- If selected by TCU for the program, you will be given the application to the university you wish to attend.
- Complete the Global TCU Study Abroad Forms by clicking “Complete Forms” above
- Complete the host university application, which you receive if nominated by the Center
Once admitted to the program, Kansai Gaidai will correspond directly with you regarding the arrival date, airport pick-up options, visa instructions, orientation information, and more.