Kansai Gaidai University


The Rollins College exchange and study abroad program at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, offers Rollins students the incredible opportunity to spend a semester in Japan, learning Japanese and taking Asian Studies courses in English.  The Asian Studies program at Kansai Gaidai offers a range of courses in a variety of fields, from literature to economics, all with a focus on Asia.  Program participants have the benefit of two housing options: on-campus international student dormitory or homestay with a Japanese family.  This program is an excellent fit for students interested in Asian Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Languages and Literatures, Philosophy and several other fields.

Location: Kansai Gaidai is situated in Hirakata City, just over a thirty minute train ride from Osaka City, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan.  The ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara are also close by—both within about an hour train ride.  Between Osaka and Kyoto and Nara, students are able to experience Japan’s ancient traditions, temples, and arts, while also experiencing the vibrant bustle of modern Osaka City, a center for commerce and pop culture.

Host University: Established in 1945, Kansai Gaidai is an accredited, private institution with about 13,000 students.  The University has a demonstrated commitment to international education that shows through the relationships it has established with more than three hundred institutions around the globe.

Exchange Places: Most students participating on this program are able to have an exchange place.  However, the number of exchange places available depends on how many students Kansai Gaidai sends to Rollins for the year and changes year to year.  Exchange places are not guaranteed and interested students should visit IP for advising.


Program Costs:

  • Costs: The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.  For 2014-2015 this is $28,275.
  • Includes: Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, and on-campus activities.
  • Does not include:
    • Airfare from Orlando: Estimated at $1,450
    • Personal expenses and course materials: Estimated at $1,000
    • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1200-$2000
    • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary
  • Discount on Student Account: In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program.  The discount should cover normal, basic costs for meals/groceries. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund. 
  • Need-Based Scholarships: scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Asian Studies at Rollins: The Asian Studies major & minor that provides students the opportunity to study in depth one of the most important regions in the world. The importance of Asia derives from its large population, long history, complex and diverse societies and cultures, and rising economic significance. As the peoples and nations of the world become increasingly interconnected, successful leaders will benefit from a mastery of this key region.

The Asian Studies major & minor combine courses in history, culture and politics with those from modern languages and an array of electives from other disciplines. Students are expected to do the following:

• develop an understanding of the historical, cultural, political and economic forces that have shaped modern Asia
• master the rudiments of an Asian language
• experience cultural immersion through study abroad in at least one Asian country

With course pre-approval on a semester program, majors can transfer up to (4) courses and minors can transfer courses as determined by the Asian Studies department.

Requirements for Admission:

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Good college standing
  • Good record with Community Standards
  • Good references
  • Professional Application

Fall 2014 Calendar

  • Aug 23-26: Arrival period for students
  • Sep 1: First day of Classes
  • Sep 16: Deadline to add courses
  • Sep 22: Deadline to drop courses
  • Late Oct: Mid-term exams
  • Oct 31-Nov 1: University Festival (no classes)
  • Nov 23: National Holiday (no classes)
  • Dec 15-19: Final exams
  • Dec 19: Last day of semester
  • Dec 24: Deadline to move out of housing

Spring 2015 Calendar

  • Jan 24-27: Arrival period for students
  • Feb 2: First day of Classes
  • Feb 16: Deadline to add courses
  • Feb 23: Deadline to drop courses
  • Mid March: Mid-term exams
  • May 3-5: National holidays (no classes)
  • May 25-29: Final exams
  • May 29: Last day of semester
  • June 3: Deadline to move out of housing
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