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 three housing options: on-campus international student dormitory, homestay with a Japanese family, or independent housing. 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 the 1940s, Kansai Gaidai is an accredited, private institution with about 14,000 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.
Costs: The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester. For 2011-2012 this is $25,200.