Students that attend Kansai Gaidai become part of the dynamic international student body on campus. This university offers a unique opportunity for students to learn about Japan and Asia from a wide variety of perspectives with English course offerings in social sciences, humanities, business and economics. The program also offers a rigorous Japanese language studies component for students of all Japanese levels.

Check out what ISEP students have to say about Kansai Gaidai.

Program Website

Course Description

Kansai Gaidai's Asian Studies Program academics page has separate pages explaining their Japanese language courses, Asian and Japan studies courses, and studio art courses. Kansai Gaidai also has a syllabus page for more detailed information.


Students who participate in the Asian Studies Program during the SPRING SEMESTER (i.e., Spring, Full Year, and Calendar Year students) have access to unique internships in Japan. These are credit-bearing experiences based on the hours of the internship, reports, and feedback from the internship site. For most experiences, 30-60 hours = 1 KGU credit. Participants will attend a pre-training and orientation. Upon completion of the internship, they will make a report to reflect their experience. Click here for an overview of the KGIP.

Website for Course Availability

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Kansai Gaidai University

Kansai Gaidai University was originally established in 1945 as a small, private language school. Today, the school prospers as a private, nonprofit institution with 13,000 students. Kansai Gaidai provides excellent...

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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Japanese Studies

  • Business:

    Entrepreneurship International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Communication

    Intercultural Communication

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    Japanese Language and Literature

  • International/Global Studies:

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Buddhist Studies Religious Studies

  • Social Sciences


  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art Studies Cinematography and Film Production Studio Arts

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 550
  • LPR Required
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

ISEP Direct applicants may request semester or full year placements.

Once Kansai Gaidai has confirmed your ISEP placement, they will send you a user ID and password via e-mail to access GAIDAI-Link, their Online Application System. You must complete and submit the online application (separate from the ISEP application) and also mail a hard-copy of the application directly to the university in Japan. You will receive more information on this process in your program documents and by email once you are confirmed.

Other Academic Conditions

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent according to their university's grading system. Please note that there is no flexibility regarding this requirement.

Students are not required to have a certain level of Japanese proficiency to attend Kansai Gaidai, but Kansai Gaidai still requires an ISEP LPR as an assessment of your language ability. If you do not have any history of Japanese language study, please contact your Student Advisor to move forward in your application.

Merit Scholarship (ISEP Direct Only)

ISEP Direct students enrolled in the Kansai Gaidai Asian Studies Program may be eligible to receive a US$7,000 scholarship at the end of each semester under the following conditions:

  • Students must have maintained a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for the two semesters prior to enrolling at Kansai Gaidai
  • Students must also maintain a 3.0 GPA during their stay at Kansai Gaidai
  • Full Year students whose GPA is less than 3.0 at the time of applying to Kansai Gaidai are not eligible to receive the scholarship for their first semester. However, if they complete their first semester at Kansai Gaidai with a 3.0 GPA and maintain a 3.0 GPA for the second semester, they will be eligible to receive USD $7,000 at the end of the second semester.

Please note that Kansai Gaidai disburses the scholarship directly to the student.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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