Kansai Gaidai University Exchange Program
Fall or Spring semester, offered annually
Kansai Gaidai is recognized as one of the top international education institutions in the Japan. This university that was founded in 1945 currently enrolls about 15,000 undergraduate students.
Since 1972, the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai has been providing high-quality education and services to study abroad students from six continents. The program now annually welcomes some 700 students from about 40 countries and regions.
Kansai Gaidai is located in the city of Hirakata, Japan, which is the second largest business metropolis next to Tokyo. Hirakata is also close to Kyoto and Nara, both of which are synonymous with "Japan's rich tradition." This Geographic advantage provides students with easy access to the centers of Osaka and Kyoto in little over half an hour by train.
Students will enroll in one of 7 levels of Japanese language courses along with courses in Business, Social Sciences, and Humanities taught in English with a focus on Asian Studies.
Students must complete a Transfer Course Authorization Form in order to receive credit for the courses taken and they must be pre-approved to receive major or GER credit.
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As an exchange program participant, students will pay tuition, room, and board directly to Furman as if they were a FU student for the semester. All Furman Aid, Federal Aid, and State Aid will apply to this program.
All students are welcome to apply for this program, but preference will be given to students with evidence of independence, strong applications, competitive GPAs, and interviews. Recommendations come from professors in the Modern Languages and Asian Studies Departments.
MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION
Meals: Students will have a meal plan at Kansai Gaidai.
Accommodation: Students have the option to live in a residence hall, apartment, or homestay.
Visa: Upon acceptance to Kansai Gaidai , a Certificate of Enrollment will be mailed to the Office for Study Away and International Education on your behalf. If received in the summer, we will mail the COE to your home address on file. You will use the COE to apply for the visa to study in Japan for the year. Please see the Atlanta Embassy of Japan website here for details on required visa application materials. You are responsible for mailing your visa in a timely manner. Check embassy website for updated processing times.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Insurance: All Asian Studies Program participants must be covered by an insurance policy that is valid for the entire period of stay in Japan. If you bring your own insurance from your country, a minimum coverage of 5,000,000 yen (US$50,000) for medical/injury treatment expenses is required.