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Japan: Kansai Gaidai University

Kansai Gaidai University is an exchange partner of Keene State College and welcomes over 700 international students annually. Through their Asian Studies Program, KSC students with no previous Japanese training can select from a wide range of courses in English including economics, business, history, sociology, anthropology, religion, art and film studies as well as Japanese language classes.

Kansai Gaidai University is located in the city of Hirakata (410,000 population) in Osaka prefecture – midway between Osaka, Japan’s second largest metropolis, and Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Kansai Gaidai University has approximately 10,000 undergraduate students. Founded in 1945 as a small language school, it was created amid the smoldering ruins of post-War Japan with the purpose of fostering internationalization among the students.

"The most memorable aspect of my study away experience was interacting with Japanese students outside of the classroom who were interested in sharing their culture with foreigners. They made me feel welcome not only in their university, but also their country. I felt very comfortable in Japan and made some friendships that will last a lifetime." Jonathan Wright, Fall 2016

Semester Dates

Fall: Late-August through December Spring: Late-January through June

Accommodation Type

Dorm or Homestay options

Language of Instruction

English, Japanese language instruction

Special Requirement

3.0 GPA


KSC students pay the same tuition and fees as they would for a semester at KSC