Program Summary & Location
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Kansai Gaidai University have exchanged students since 1978! The Asian Studies Program at Kansai is an exciting opportunity for you to
take courses in English with Japanese language courses. Kansai Gaidai was founded in 1945 as a private language institute. Today it is a university that currently enrolls more than 15,000 students, including approximately more than 600 students from 40 countries who enroll in the Asian Studies Program. For a campus map click here
Kansai Gaidai University (Gaidai) is located in Hirakata City (population 410,000), midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest industrial city, and Kyoto, the ancient capital. Located in the cultural heart of Japan, Gaidai's campus provides an excellent starting point from which to begin your exploration of a land that, by anyone's standards, is truly fascinating.
To learn about eligibility requirements, academic course offerings, how courses transfer back to UW-Eau Claire, and the academic calendar, click the following button:
Academics - Japan: Kansai Gaidai
To see more on what resources they provide and what disability/health accommodations are available on the program, click on the following button:
Support - Japan: Kansai Gaidai
Housing & Meals
You have a choice of staying with a Japanese family or in the residence hall:
Kansai Gaidai recommends that students stay with a Japanese family, at least for one semester. In addition to the advantages of language immersion, staying with a family adds substantially to learning about Japanese culture and society. Many past students list it as the most important part of their experience. You will eat breakfast and dinner with your family and buy lunch at a campus cafeteria. The location of host families can vary from a short walk to a train ride away. Students can expect an average of an hour for commuting. The Japanese public transportation system is extensively developed so commuting is not as difficult as it may seem.
There is a brand new international residence hall, that was completed in spring 2018. It houses over 650 international and local students. Students get their own room and each is provided with a desk, drawer space, closet, refrigerator, and bedding. Each floor has Japanese-style showers, a communal kitchen and bathroom, a study room, and a student lounge. There is no meal plan; however, there are two full cafeterias and two "snack shops" on campus, offering food at relatively inexpensive prices. The residence hall is within a 20-minute walk to Kansai Gaidai.
By clicking on the following term, you will find more information on program costs. If the term you want to go abroad is not listed, please see the most recent term and add 7% to your estimate to factor in exchange rate fluctuations and tuition increases. Click on the buttons below to view that term's cost estimate.
Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Learn More & How To Apply
Still have some questions? We have peer advisors for a variety of programs, click here
to see if we have one available for this program. If there isn't a peer advisor, the study abroad coordinator would be happy to answer your questions. You can schedule an appointment with a peer advisor or coordinator by calling 715-836-4411.
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