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Japan – Kansai Gaidai University

Program Details

Established in 1972, the Asian Studies Program today annually welcomes over600 competitively selected students who represent about 40 countries and regions.

The raison d’être of the program is to provide international students with a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people.

Japanese language courses range from the introductory through the advanced levels. Previous Japanese language training is not required.

A variety of course offerings relevant to Japan and Asia, taught by experienced faculty members, will provide new perspectives for participants and inspire their intellectual and personal growth. One of the special advantages of studying in our program is the fact that all courses, except for Japanese language courses, are conducted in English.

Efficient language training with the latest innovations in linguistic instruction, fully equipped language laboratories, friendship programs with Japanese students, as well as the heart-warming homestay program, will all contribute to the rapid development of participants’ language proficiency and pragmatic understanding of the Japanese culture.


The university is located in Hirakata City, which is midway between Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, and Osaka, the second-largest business hub in Japan. The location of the program offers an excellent starting point for your exploration of Japan.

Program Dates:

June 8 , 2018 – July 24, 2018


Cost: Kansai Gaidai: $3,300 - No additional cost for tuition (10 credits). Includes all tuition, fees, accommodations in Japan, entrance fees for program activities, no meals (but kitchen in dorms) conversation partner.

Pay deposit and all payments to the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning in person or pay over the phone with a credit card at (801) 626-6600. Please, do not pay on campus, all payments need to be made at the Hurst Center.

Trip Cancellations

If the trip is canceled, all participants will be refunded. Any refunds for withdrawals from the program will be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the recoverability of incurred costs and fees and according to the Continuing Education Policy. Once the group leaves all costs are non-refundable in their entirety. Dates & process may change. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of any such changes by staying in contact with the program director.

Any questions feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8155 or by calling the Continuing Education Office at (801) 626-6600.