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EMU: Kansai Gaidai University
Hirakata, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2021 09/01/2020 10/01/2020 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/01/2021 03/15/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 09/01/2021 12/23/2021 TBA TBA
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Kansai Gaidai University - Asian Studies Program

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Semesters Offered: 
Fall, Winter, or Academic Year
Subject Areas:
Japanese Language, Humanities, Social Sciences, Art and Business
14–17 per semester
Sophomore standing and a minimum GPA of 3.0.* Must be at least 18 years old at time of travel. Preference given to Japanese majors.

EMU's exchange program with Kansai Gaidai University offers undergraduate students the opportunity to take classes for a semester alongside other international and Japanese students. As an exchange student in the Asian Studies Program at KGU you can also participate in university cultural events, clubs, international festivals, the Speaking Partner program and local home visits.  

KGU offers students a broad range of courses taught in English that are relevant to Japan and Asia in the social sciences, humanities, studio arts and business. The Asian Studies Program offers seven different levels of Japanese language instruction and does not require previous language experience. All coursework may be applied to your academic major, minor or general education requirements with approval from the appropriate departments. Review possible course options. All students are required to take Japanese language courses. Japanese majors at EMU are required to enroll in the full eight credits of language per semester to satisfy the JPNE 490 requirement.

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Housing and Meals
KGU offers exchange students two options for housing: homestay or dormitories.

Visa Requirements
Japan requires you to obtain a student visa before arrival. A certificate of eligibility will be completed at the time of application and sent to you by KGU prior to departure. Be aware that you may be required to obtain your visa in-person from the nearest consulate (usually Chicago, IL).

Application Notes
This program requires a dual application process in which both EMU and KGU must approve students to participate. You will receive notification to complete the KGU application upon approval from EMU.

Please also review the 
FAQs page.

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial aid and many EMU scholarships may be applied to the tuition and fees for this approved program. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information on how to use your financial aid and scholarships to help cover the costs of studying abroad. Students with a minimum 2.8 GPA and a demonstrated financial need can apply for the Freeman-ASIA scholarship. Find information on national and EMU scholarships specifically for students that wish to study abroad at

Graduate students interested in studying at KGU must contact an APA advisor BEFORE applying to the program.

*Students must have completed at least one semester at EMU within the last 12 months and be in good academic standing to be eligible to apply for semester/year programs.

Dates listed below are subject to change based on information provided to us by the partner institutions. 

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