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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Recommended Majors: Anthropology, Art and Design, Art History, Business, Communications, Entrepreneurship, Film, Global Studies, International Studies, Japanese Language, Marketing, Religion/Theology, Studio Art Minimum GPA: 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Dormitory
Program Description:
ISEP Direct Japan
  • With no shortage of cultural experiences and opportunities, your semester at Kansai Gaidai will be one of the most memorable of your life! Live with locals, speak Japanese daily, and take truly unique courses focused on Japan’s cultural, political, and economic impact on the world. 
  • Experience Japan and Asia from multiple perspectives by taking classes in the social sciences, humanities, business, and economics complemented by Japanese language and culture classes.  
  • Kansai Gaidai’s international student team offers endless ways to integrate into the local culture, from weekend visits with Japanese families to learning traditional Japanese dancing. 
  • ISEP students are eligible to receive a merit-based scholarship of $7,000 if they maintain a GPA of 3.0 while at Kansai Gaidai. 

Integrate into Japanese culture and take coursework exploring Japan’s impact on the world at Kansai Gaidai University, known worldwide for its high-quality Asian Studies program. Live in Hirakata, a safe, traditional, and family-oriented community nestled between Osaka and Kyoto. In town, explore ancient tombs, Buddhist temples, and Shinto shrines. Catch the train to Osaka or Kyoto when you’re ready for big city crowds and tourist sites. Join in on Kansai Gaidai’s MANY programs and activities to experience Japanese culture, including cooking classes, day trips, and trying on kimono. 

Add a credit-bearing internship extension into the early part of summer term and build your resume while living and working in Japan! Internships are competitive and selective. Prospective interns will complete the application and selection process during the spring semester at Kansai Gaidai. 

Kansai Gaidai University Merit Scholarship 
ISEP students who have a 3.0 GPA in the two prior semesters before studying abroad and who maintain a 3.0 GPA while studying at Kansai Gaidai are eligible for a $7,000 scholarship at the conclusion of the semester or academic year that they study abroad. The merit scholarship is automatic if you meet the criteria. Learn more. 

What We Love About Kansai Gaidai
The Kansai region is more laid back than the frenzied pace of metropolitan Tokyo, and it’s easy to travel to other parts of Japan. On campus, Kansai Gaidai has well-developed programs to help international students integrate with local students and even local families. Japanese and Asian Studies majors and minors will love the fascinating courses available at Kansai Gaidai. The classes weave Japanese history, culture, and politics into coursework relevant for the 21st century. 

Visit the Program Page for Study in Japan to learn more. 

You can meet with the ISEP Coordinator at your home campus or speak with an ISEP Student Services Officer, who will guide you through the application process, pre-departure, your time abroad, and your return. To connect with ISEP, visit our website


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 09/10/2024 10/04/2024 TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2025 09/10/2024 09/10/2024 TBA TBA
Fall 2025 02/27/2025 02/27/2025 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2025-2026 02/27/2025 02/27/2025 TBA TBA