Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Kansai Gaidai University

Kansai Gaidai University Exchange Program

Study at Kansai Gaidai University, located in the city of Hirakata (population 405,000), midway between Osaka, Japan’s second largest industrial metropolis, and Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital.

Program Details
Location(s)  Hirakata, Japan
Term   Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Credit   Art, Asian Studies, Business, Japanese, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Religious Studies, Women’s Studies, History
Classes Held  On-site
Housing   Residence Hall, Homestay
Passport Required       
Program Eligibility
GPA 3.0
Grad credit Not available
Non-WIU   No
Pre-requiste No previous proficiency required
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior

About Program

General: Study at Kansai Gaidai University, located in the city of Hirakata (population 405,000), midway between Osaka, Japan’s second largest industrial metropolis, and Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital.

Semester Programs: Students can participate in a semester or academic year exchange at Kansai Gaidai where they will have oppor tunities to take coursework in English in a variety of disciplines. Students are encouraged to take Japanese language courses and can choose to focus solely on Japanese language during their time abroad.

Housing and Meals: Students can choose from two types of housing: homestay or dormitory. Homestay participation is strongly encouraged because it provides excellent opportunity to acquire and enhance knowledge about Japanese language and culture.  More information on housing and meal options can be found on the accommodation website.

Entry Requirements: Students must apply for a visa before entering Japan. Visa requirements can be found on the website of the Japanese consulate

Health Insurance: It is a university policy that all WIU students who study abroad are either covered under WIU student health insurance OR have purchased the Patriot Travel Medical Insurance plan through IMG.

Costs (Comparative Table)

Semester Program
ITEMS WIU Kansai Gaidai
Tuition 12 semester hours, plan T 4,506.00 4,506.00
Application Fee   75.00
Health Insurance 842.00  200.00
Passport   135.00
Housing and Meals 4,365.00 4,365.00
Books and Supplies 400.00 200.00
Total 10,113.00 9,481.00*

  *Students will arrange their own airfare. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships are available.

Semester Dates

Fall: August-December

Spring: January-May

You can find out more information about Kansai Gaidai by visiting their website.


Exchange students are eligible to take all courses offered in the Asian Studies program. 

Course information is available on the Kansai Gaidai academics page. 




Contact Us

Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Horrabin Room 8


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