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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Home-stay, Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Full
College: College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
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Study in Japan for a Semester or Year!


The Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University aims to provide international students with a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people. With a variety of offerings students are able to take courses in Japanese and English.

  • Academic Calendar tailored to correspond with overseas institutions.
  • A variety of courses taught in English
  • Beginning to advanced levels for Japanese language courses
  • Experienced faculty and staff members
  • Well-supported accommodations
  • Geographical advantages


Kansai Gaidai's Nakamiya campus is located in the city of Hirakata near Osaka, the second largest business metropolis next to Tokyo. Hirakata is also close to Kyoto and Nara, both of which are synonymous with "Japan's rich tradition." This Geographic advantage provides students with easy access to the centers of Osaka and Kyoto in little over half an hour by train.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late August to Late December
  • Spring Semester: Mid January to Late May
For more information about the academic calendar please visit Kansai Gaidai's website.


Appalachian students are provided with the option of either staying with a host family in a homestay program where they live with a local family or they can live in the international dorms. Students living with a host family receive two meals one weekdays and three meals on weekends along with a small stipend for lunches during the week. Dormitory students will receive a stipend during the first few weeks of the program for food for the semester. It is recommended students bring sufficient funds to cover food prior to the stipend.  

As Kansai Gaidai is a full exchange program students will pay the Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian State.  KGU will cover the housing costs and provide meals to students during the program as explained above.

For more information about housing options please visit the Kansai Gaidai website.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
App Tuition & Fees based on your residency
Housing & Meals Full Exchange Fee
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1500 - $2000  $1500 - $2000 
1Personal Expenses $1400 - $2000 $2800 - $4000
Additional Meals $100 - $200 $200 - $400
Housing Deposit $90 $90
Books and Materials $200 - $300 $400 - $600
2Local Transportation $200 - $700 $400 - $1400
Required JPN Insurance $100 $200
Visa (for US Citizens) $0 $0
Travel to Consulate for Visa Appt $100 - $300 $100 - $300
Passport $150 $150
3US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
4Personal Travel and Spending $800 - $1800 $1600 - $3600
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.  
2Students staying in home stays should budget at the higher end of the local transportation estimate.
3Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  Please visit Kansai Gaidai's website for additional information about living costs. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Fall, SpringAcademic Year.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East of Southeast Asia.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
Administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese and funded by donations from businesses, individuals, and foundations, these scholarships offer stipends of $2,500 and $4,000 to American undergraduate students studying abroad in Japan on semester- or year-long programs.


For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


The Curriculum of the Asian Studies Program is twofold; the rigorous Japanese language studies and courses in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Business/Economics pertinent to Japan and Asia. For more information please visit the Asian Studies program Curriculum page.  A listing of courses by semester can be found on this page

Courses are listed in three categories:

  • Japanese Language
  • Asia/Japan Studies Courses
  • Studio Art Courses

All students are required to take a Japanese language course while at Kansai Gaidai. Students will be given a Japanese language placement test after arrival during orientation.

Unlike AppState students at Kansai Gaidai are unable to add courses after the beginning of the semester. It is recommended if students are unsure of their courses to register for more courses than intended and then drop the unwanted course.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Kansai Gaidai program will be required to enroll in at least 14 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.