Courses: The curriculum at Kansai Gaidai includes Japanese language courses and courses taught in English in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business/Economics with a focus on Asian studies. Students do not need a background in Japanese to participate on this program, though all students must take the five-credit spoken Japanese language class. Courses in Japanese reading/writing are also available for interested students. For students with a background in Japanese, appropriate course level is determined by a placement test upon arrival. In addition to the Japanese language courses, most students will select additional courses in English—all courses in English earn three credits each. Classes include “Peace, Development and Democratization: The Asia Challenge,” “Survey of Japanese Art,” “Onno to Otoko: Gender and Sexuality in Japan,” “International Negotiation: Resolving Conflict and Closing the Deal” and many more. There are also two courses in studio art—one on Japanese brush painting and one on Japanese pottery (students are only allowed to take one of the two). Students must take four or five courses total during the semester. For a full list of courses and further details about the curriculum, please click here.
Transfer of Credits: All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA.
Course Field Trips and Excursions: Some of the courses integrate field trips to destinations of interest near the Kansai Gaidai campuses—these include museums, temples, historic sites, business centers, and companies. Expenses associated with these course-related trips are subsidized by the university.
Faculty and Staff: Courses are taught by Kansai Gaidai faculty and instructors. Student support and services are provided by the staff of the Center for International Education which oversees the international student dormitories, all homestay arrangements, and all international student activities, including the orientation program.