Kansai Gaidai University is located in Hirakata city, Osaka prefecture. Osaka is the second largest metropolis in Japan, with Tokyo being the largest. From Hirakata city, there is easy access to Osaka city and Kyoto (Japan’s ancient capital) within half an hour by train. Nara, a traditional city of temples and shrines like Kyoto, is also located relatively close. Frequent and reliable transportation by train, bus and taxi allow residents and visitors to travel freely to various cities and attractions.
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The University is situated in Hirakata City on the Yodo River midway between Kyoto and Nara, Japan's ancient capitals, and Osaka, Japan's second largest modern industrial metropolis next to Tokyo. Located in the cultural heart of Japan, the campus provides an excellent starting point from which to begin exploring of a land that, by anyone's standards, is truly fascinating. Many of the cities in the Kansai region are extensively utilized in the Asian Studies Program through field trips, independent research, and/or case studies.
Hirakata boasts a number of historical monuments including ancient tombs, Buddhist temples, and Shinto shrines that attest to its long history. For instance, next to the Kansai Gaidai campus is a 5th century tomb, and within a fifteen minute walk lies a 17th century Shinto shrine. Still, many people who visit Hirakata today come to enjoy its amusement park, Hirakata Koen, which is famous for a huge chrysanthemum festival in the fall.
June 13, 2018 - July 24, 2018
Arrival (Check-in): Monday, June 11
Orientation: Tuesday, June 12
Classes begin: Wednesday, June 13
Farewell Event: Saturday, July 21
Classes end: Tuesday, July 24
Check-out : Thursday, July 26
Summer program participants will be accommodated in our brand-new international student dormitory “YUI”, in which abundant opportunities are available to interact with local students living in the same dormitory.
Kansai is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is prohibited not only on the campuses themselves, but also in all university-owned facilities, including student dormitories, gymnasiums, athletic fields, etc.
Lunches can be bought at on-campus cafeterias daily, except Sundays. Kitchen facilities are available in our student dormitory. Students are expected to cook their own meals. Supermarkets as well as restaurants are available within walking distance.
Students will earn a total of 10 credits. The combination of an elementary Japanese language course with lectures in the Asian Studies will lay a foundation for understanding Japan and its people. Field trips and student-organized activities will add interesting hands-on experiences to your learning.
Japanese Language 15 hours/week x 6 weeks 8 credits
Introduction to Asian Studies
- Prerequisite:One semester of college-level Japanese or the equivalent is required.
3 - 4.5hours/week x 6 weeks 2 credits
may include, but are not limited to: field trips to historical sites, or businesses, etc.
"Kansai itself is a very interesting place in regards to figuring out how the culture and approach of individuals are pushed forward. I learned from every single experience I've gone through in the Kansai area, especially comparing it to Tokyo." - Francisco