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 International Exchange Student Programs
Exchange Student Program
     Based on our exchange agreements, Kansai University receives international students from our partner universities in April and September every year.

     Kansai University students are also encouraged to study at our partner universities for either one semester or one year, and a scholarship from the Kansai University International Exchange Fund is available to them.

Partner Universities of Kansai University
  • Korea (Korea University, Dong-A University, Hanyang University, etc.)
  • China (Central China Normal University, Northeastern University, Fudan University, etc.)
  • Taiwan (National Taiwan University, Providence University, etc.)
  • Vietnam  (Foreign Trade University, Hanoi University of Science and
  • Technology, Vietnam National University, Hanoi)
  • Thailand (Thammasat University, Chulalongkorn University)
  • Malaysia (University of Science, Malaysia)
  • Indonesia (Gadjah Mada University)
  • Sri Lanka (University of Colombo)

  • UK (University of Birmingham, SOAS University of London, The University
  • Germany (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, University of Göttingen, University of Cologne, etc.)
  • Switzerland (University of Zurich)
  • France (Catholic University of the West, University of Paris 3: Sorbonne  Nouvelle, etc.)
  • Belgium (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • Spain (University of Santiago de Compostela)
  • Italy (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • Sweden (Linnaeus University, Linköping University
  • Denmark (Roskilde University)

  • Egypt (Cairo University)

  • USA (The University of Arizona, Webster University, University of South Carolina, etc.)
  • MEXICO (Autonomous University of Morelos)
  • ECUADOR (Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil)

  • Australia (The University of Adelaide, The Australian National University)
  • New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington, University of Otago)

Since our partner universities increase every year for more information, please visit 


Academic Program for Exchange Students at Kansai University
     The Division of International Affairs (DIA) at Kansai University provides a well-developed academic program in which exchange students can learn the Japanese language and various topics related to Japanese culture (“Japan Studies Courses”). In the Japanese Language Course, we offer 6 different levels of classes from beginners to advanced. In each level, the classes focus on developing both oral and literacy skills.

     In the Japan Studies Course, students study a wide range of subjects related to Japanese history, contemporary social systems, cultural arts, martial arts, the economy, philosophy, religion, and many more topics. The Japan Studies classes are all taught in English.

     In addition to the academic curriculum, the DIA organizes various extra-curricular activities, providing students with opportunities to meet with Japanese students at Kansai University and explore aspects of Japan outside campus life. In the past, we have held events such as an introduction to Japanese sweets, a trip to the Panasonic factory in Hikone, a two-day trip to Asuka in Nara, and a one-day Kyogen (Japanese theater) seminar. 

KUGF (Kansai University Global Frontier)  program

     Moreover, from 2014, Kansai University started new program (KUGF program). The courses in this program (taught in English language)  on various subject topics are offered to both Japanese and international students at Kansai University. For more information of KUGF program, please visit the below website:



Classes for Exchange Students
     Kansai University offers Japanese language courses and Japanese studies courses. Japanese studies courses are offered in English. These courses are basically for undergraduate students, but graduate students are welcome to take some courses in addition to pursuing their research.

     * Please visit the DIA homepage for more information and a detailed outline of the courses. Source by KU Guide for exchange student 2012-2013

Activities for Exchange Students
     All exchange students at Kansai University are invited to participate in this monthly event which gives them valuable exposure to many facets of Japanese culture not easily accessible in the classroom setting.

     Foreign applicants who wish to study at KU must either have completed, or will complete by the time they enter the university, 12-years of school education in their home country, or be recognized as having an equivalent educational background by KU’s Faculty Council. In principle, prospective students must be at least 18 years of age, and have either graduated or will graduate from high school by the time of entry.

     An International Exchange Fund was established in commemoration of the university’s centennial anniversary. A monthly allowance is awarded to a certain number of international students each year. In addition, there are other scholarships offered from the Japanese government, local governments, and private organizations.

Estimated Cost of Studying Abroad as an Exchange Student
 International dormitory
(for both male and female students)
Length of Stay
1 Semester (5 months)
1 Year (11 months)
Dormitory Fees
240,000 JPY
528,000 JPY
Meal Expenses
¥ 220,000-250,000
¥ 440,000-550,000
* self-catering kitchens
* average lunch costs approx. 500 yen on/around campus
Health Insurance
11,000 JPY
23,000 JPY
Books and other materials required for school work
10,000 - 20,000 JPY
20,000 - 40,000 JPY
Train: 25,000 JPY
* discounted student pass
Train: 18,000 JPY
* after the student discount
Personal Expenses
100,000 - 150,000 JPY
220,000 - 330,000 JPY
561,000 - 696,000 JPY
1,231,000 - 1,489,000 JPY


* Please note that the above estimate applies only if you choose one of the three dormitories.
** Personal expenses differ depending on your preferences and lifestyle.
*** We strongly suggest that you consider the above figures as minimum amount required.


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