Students are strongly encouraged to APPLY EARLY for this program. Kansai Gaidai operates on a rolling admissions basis, and the program often reaches maximum capacity prior to the stated deadline. Students who are Japanese minors/majors are required to meet with Dr. Seth Goss (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to applying.
This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interest in the Japanese language, Japan Studies, East Asian Studies, International Studies, and related areas.
Fall: late August to late December
Spring: late January to late May
Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing. No minimum language requirement. Emory College Study Abroad strongly encourages students to take one relevant course in area studies, history, culture, language and/or politics prior to studying abroad.
Students enroll in Japanese language courses (spoken Japanese and Japanese reading/writing), and choose from a variety of Asian Studies course offerings taught in English. Students will earn credit for the courses based on the hours awarded at Kansai Gaidai. The typical load is spoken Japanese (5 credits), reading/writing Japanese (3 credits), and 3 elective courses (3 credits each), for a total of 17 credit hours for the academic semester.
Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this Blanket Approval List. In case you would like to seek approval from other departments, please see the Faculty Representative List.
Click here to see courses offered at Kansai Gaidai University.
Students live with a host family or in a multicultural dormitory. Living with a host family is highly recommended as it helps students to utilize language skills in daily life and develop new insights into Japanese life from the Japanese point of view. Students living in dorms may request a Japanese roommate (space permitting) and take part in a home visit program that allows them to interact with a Japanese family on the weekends.
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets (Fall and Spring).
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, Bridging Scholarships, Japan Foundation Grant, Japanese Government Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship, Fund for Education Abroad, and Diversity Abroad. For more information, please click here.