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Kansai Gaidai University - Japan


Quick Facts
  • City: Hirakata, Japan
  • Instruction Language: English or Japanese language courses
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Program terms available: Fall Semester, Spring Semester or Full Academic Year
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  • Subject areas: Business, International Studies, Art, Japanese language

Hirakata, Osaka, Japan

Kansai Gaidai University (KGU) is located in Hirakata, Japan. Hirakata is a vibrant and fascinating city located in Osaka Prefecture. Kansai Gaidai is in the center of this region, midway between the ancient capital of Kyoto with shrines and temples, and the dynamic business center of Osaka, with Nara and its Daibutsu (Great Buddha) and “sacred deer” only a short train ride away. With its rich history, diverse culture, and modern amenities, Hirakata offers a unique blend of traditional Japanese charm and contemporary urban living. Hirakata is famous for its delicious street food. The city also includes amusement parks, a strong sports culture, beautiful cherry blossom seasons, and hot springs for relaxing. Hirakta experiences 4 seasons. The city has a population around 400,000.


This university requires a higher GPA (3.0) for acceptance than most of our exchange partners. Due to high demand of students wanting to study in Japan, this is a very competitive exchange partner university for WSU students.


Kansai Gaidai University has over 14,000 students and offers courses in Japanese and English. No prior knowledge of the Japanese language is required as they offer Japanese language courses for all levels, however at least one to two semesters is recommended. Exchange students take four to five classes per semester. In addition to the Japanese language courses, students may choose from a variety of courses taught in English. Some of the areas of study for courses taught in English include: Business, History, Culture, and Studio Art. Students are generally required to take 14 credit hours per semester.

Subject Areas

  • Business, International Studies, Art, Japanese language

Semester Dates

  • Fall: Beginning of September until mid-December
  • Spring: End of January until mid-May

Class List

To view courses that have been evaluated for KGU, please review the Kansai Gaidai Class Equivalency List

Course Approval Form

All students will be required to complete a Course Approval Form prior to leaving for their study abroad program so that you have met with your academic advisor and are aware of what courses you will take during your program.


Housing Options:

  • On-campus residence hall - Global Commons YUI with single private rooms and shared living spaces
  • Homestay

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Program Costs

The budget sheet is an estimate for costs associated with this program for a full semester.

Estimated costs 2022-2023 for Kansai Gaidai University

You can also explore scholarship and financial aid options.

How to Apply

Application deadlines

Academic Year and Fall: February 15th

Spring: September 15th

Contact us with any questions at studyabroad@wichita.edu 

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