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  • Locations: Hirakata City, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Partner Website: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UK applicants only
  • Program Cost and Budget: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

UK Exchange: Kansai Gaidai University

Hirakata City, Japan

Three scholarships of $2000 are available for UK students applying to participate on this exchange in fall 2019, academic year 2019-20, or spring 2020
Contact UKEA Exchanges Coordinator Laurence Tuccori for more information on terms and conditions

Program Overview

Kansai Gaidai is a private university enrolling approximately 10,000 students and is located in the city of Hirakata midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest industrial metropolis, and Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capitals of Japan.

KGU's Asian Studies Program welcomes over 600 international students each year from more than 40 countries around the world. The program offers an invaluable opportunity to explore Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction, field trips, and interaction with Japanese people.

One of the big attractions for UK students is that all courses on the Asian Studies program (with the exception of Japanese language courses) are taught in English.
The Japanese language courses are offered at beginner through advanced levels and previous Japanese language training is not required. 

Explore the 2018-19 KGU handbook.

Participants on the KGU exchange pay a program fee comprising UK tuition and fees, accommodation and meal plan costs to UK and receive these benefits at KGU at no extra cost. See 'Program Cost and Budget' (above) for details.

Take a video tour of the KGU campus.

Which UK requirements can I fulfill by taking courses at KGU?
In the last five years, UK students participating on this exchange program have taken courses that have fulfilled UK requirements in A-S, ANT, JPN, MAS, MCL, MGT, MKT, and PS.

Explore the KGU course catalog for more information on their course offerings.
Use the menu on the left-hand side of the KGU webpage to review Japanese Language course information, and Asia/Japan Studies courses taught in English.


  • No Japanese language pre-requisite
  • Choose from more than 70 courses in social sciences, humanities and business related to Japan and Asia and taught in English
  • Ideal location to explore Japan's hi-tech future and rich history

This program is open to undergraduate from all academic disciplines.  
Students must possess a valid passport at the time of application to this program.

Required Applications 
2 | UK Education Abroad & Exchange University
Students will be notified by the UK Exchanges Coordinator on how to access the Exchange University application AFTER their UK application has been approved.
UK applications are reviewed as they are received, and early application is encouraged as all spaces may have been filled before the published application deadline.

For More Info, Contact:
Mr. Laurence Tuccori, EA Exchanges Coordinator,


Academic Credit

Students will earn transfer credit from KGU. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by KGU. The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school; however the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.

  • PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials.
  • Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK.
  • All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad.


Housing & Meals

Dorms, homestays, and off-campus housing options are all available. For more information click here.
UK students pay UK tuition and fees, UK accommodation, and UK meal plan costs to UK and receive these benefits at KGU at no extra cost.

Student Life

Click here to learn more. 

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please click on the Program Cost and Budget information for each term. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.



This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.