Semester or Year Exchange at Kansai Gaidai University, Japan
Students studying Japanese and students with a deep interest in East Asian history and Japanese culture should spend a semester at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, a suburb of Osaka, Japan. KGU has an extensive international education program, with hundreds of its students studying abroad every year. There is usually at least one KGU student on the TCNJ campus every semester, and TCNJ sends students to KGU each year.
The Asian Studies Program at KGU was founded to provide students from abroad with an academic introduction to Japan and Asia in English. KGU-ASP offers students a comprehensive listing of coursework in English in a wide variety of disciplines. Students need to take one class in the Japanese language, and while no previous language ability is required we would recommend true beginners to compare the programs at KGU and Toyo University in Tokyo to determine which one is the best fit for your coursework. Students interested in international business, Asian art and culture, Japanese philosophy and religion, and other courses with a connection to Asia will be well served by a semester at KGU.
Students will find an American-style campus at KGU. Student residence halls on the newest KGU campus are set up well for modern student living. However, there is also a host family program so students can live as a local. Japanese people often commute over an hour to work or school so host families may be farther from the campus. However, as students negotiate their way around Hirakata and Osaka, it is necessary to use Japanese. Students will practice the language and understand a different way of living.
The KGU academic calendar for its Asian Studies Program is almost identical to TCNJ’s – students study from August to December and from January to June. Please note that the Japanese student schedule is on a different schedule: April-July and September-March. Students who go in the Spring semester are often surprised that there are not many Japanese students on campus for the majority of their time there.
Kansai Gaidai University - Asian Studies Program Homepage
Academic Calendar: https://www.kansaigaidai.ac.jp/asp/academics/calendar/
Course Offerings: https://www.kansaigaidai.ac.jp/asp/academics/course-offerings/