** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Course(s) Available In:
Anthropology, Art, Business Analysis, Communication, Economics, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Interactive Media Studies, International Studies, Japanese, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Religion
Study Abroad Advisor:
Annalee Jones, Kerry Strader, Kevin Fitzgerald, Paula Hudak, Peter Maribei, Ryan Dye
Established in 1972, the Kansai Gaidai Asian Studies Program annually welcomes over 700 competitively selected students who represent about 40 countries and regions. The goal of the program is to provide exchange students with a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people. Previous study of Japanese language is not required; language courses available range from introductory to advanced levels. The application process is competitive, and a 3.0GPA is required to be nominated for this exchange program.
An integral part of the program is the Speaking Partners Program, which pairs incoming exchange students with a local Kansai Gaidai student who helps with the adjustment of living in Japan. The Speaking Partners Program has been incredibly successful creating lasting friendships and enhancing the exchange experience. Another important part of the exchange program is the home stay program, which places a limited number of students with local families to provide a Japanese cultural and societal immersion experience. For those students who were unable to get a spot in the home stay program, the school offers a home visit program which pairs a foreign exchange student with a family so that the student may visit them and participate in families' activities weekly, or as determined by the student and the family.
Hirakata City, home of Kansai Gaidai University, is located midway between Osaka (Japan's 2nd largest metropolis and a center of pop culture) and Kyoto (Japan's ancient capital with numerous national treasures and World Heritage sites). Kansai Gaidai's campus is in the commercial and cultural heart of Japan, thus making it an excellent starting point from which to begin your explanation of this fascinating country.
Many of the cities in the Kansai region are visited in the Asian Studies Program through field trips, independent research, and/or case studies. Aside from academic excursions, students often make their own trips by using Japan's excellent nationwide transportation services such as buses, trains, ferries, and air travel.
Courses & Area of Study:
In addition to the required Japanese language courses, students can enroll in more than 40 courses in the areas of business, social science, and humanities with a focus on Japan and Asia. Studio Art courses in ceramics and Japanese brush painting are also available. Classes are taught in English and are small, with an average class size of 35. Exchange student enroll in 14-17 credits per semester (including the required language courses). You can explore the Asian Studies Program Curriculum and Course Offerings online.
Housing and Dining:
Kansai Gaidai University offers its international students three types of housing arrangements: homestay, dormitory, and off-campus housing.Homestay participation is strongly encouraged, for it is an excellent opportunity to acquire and enhance knowledge about the Japanese language and culture. Experience in living with a Japanese family can be the highlight of your stay in Japan.Dormitories are called International Seminar Houses and offer an international living environment. With the increasing number of nationalities, living in the dormitory will make it possible to acquire various cultural perspectives from your fellow students. Assistance in finding off-campus housing is provided primarily to those students who extend their stay into a second semester. Also, since there are no facilities available for spouses or children on-campus, those students with accompanying family members are asked to find off-campus housing.
Students participating in exchange programs will pay (based on tuition promise cohorts) Miami University tuition, fees, housing (Renovated Double Occupancy Room) and dining (Standard Meal Plan of 262 buffet meals + $500 declining balance) directly to Miami University. Housing and a meal stipend or homestay with meals will then be provided in Japan at no additional cost.
Financial Aid and Scholarships:
Financial Aid is available to all Miami University students with financial need studying in a Miami University study abroad program. The amount of aid available to each student varies according to the program of study and level of need. Students are encouraged to meet with the Office of Financial Assistance in the 121 Campus Avenue Building before applying for their study abroad program.
Students who currently hold any Miami Scholarships such as the Oxford Scholars, Harrison Scholarship, Honors Scholarship and many others can use those scholarships to study abroad. For specific information concerning Miami University scholarships students should check the Financial Aid and Scholarships information on the study abroad website. Students are encouraged to meet with the Office of Financial Assistance in 121 Campus Avenue Building, before they apply for their study abroad program to determine which scholarships can be applied to their study abroad program.
There are some Miami scholarships available to Miami University students who study abroad and a number of national scholarships for which Miami University provides application assistance. For more information, visit http://miamiOH.edu/study-abroad/finance.
Students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation before they leave Miami University to participate in their study abroad program. The pre-departure session will cover issues regarding health and safety while abroad, visa and travel issues, and other logistical matters.