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FAQ for International Students

About Kansai University
Q1. What is the ranking of Kansai University in Japan?
A : There are many sources that have university rankings based on various conditions, so it really depends on who you ask, but a company called Recruit is rather trustworthy and according to their survey, Kansai University is the most famous university in the Kansai area. It is also the university that students in the Kansai area want to enroll at the most. Moreover, one of the references from Nikkei Business Publications annually reported the overall ranking of Japan universities in Kansai area, in 2010, Kansai University is the fourth University in Kansai region.

Bekka Program
Q2. What is a Bekka program?
A : Bekka program is a Japanese Language and Culture Program which is a special preparatory course for international students who want to study at Kansai University as well as other universities in Japan.

Q3. What are the requirements to apply for the Bekka program?
A: Students need to have Japanese language proficiency equivalent to Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4 level, which is at least 300 hours of studying. Those who studied Japanese with a tutor may have that tutor fill out the ‘Certificate of Japanese Language Proficiency’, which is one of the required application documents. Please note, however, that whether you will be accepted or not depends on various factors.

Q4. How long does it take to complete the Bekka program?
A: Generally, it takes one year. However, those who wish to study longer may do so up to two years after a certain procedure.

Q5. How many students per class?
A: Approximately 20 students or less.

Q6. Are scholarships from KU available for Bekka students? How can I apply for one?
A: Currently, two kinds of scholarships are available for Bekka students.  One kind provides 180,000 yen to 10 students per year (5 students in August, 5 students in February), and the other kind provides 48,000 yen per month to 1 or 2 students for either 12 months or 6 months. Bekka students do not need to go through any special procedure to apply for scholarships. However, whether they will be able to receive one or not depends on the result of the placement test, academic transcript from the previous higher education institution, GPA, etc.

Q7. How will students benefit from this program?
A: Minami-Senri International Plaza is a state-of-the-art facility with ICT enabled. A big difference between Japanese language schools and Bekka is that Bekka offers not only Japanese language courses but also other courses such as  sociology, biology, mathematics, etc., which are vital to get high scores on the ‘Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)’.
     Some of the faculty courses at Kansai University are available for Bekka students to audit, and Bekka students are granted access to the university library and the IT Center. If they decide to enroll at Kansai University, half of the matriculation fee will be waived.

Degree Programs
Q8. How many faculty classes are taught in English?
A: Currently
, Kansai University started new program (KUGF (Kansai University Global Frontier)). 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:


Q9. How long does it take to obtain a Master’s degree and a PhD?
A: Normally, two years for a Master’s degree and three years for a PhD. However, if you go through a certain procedure at the time of application, some graduate schools allow you to complete the Master’s degree in three years instead of two.  This does not apply to professional schools.

Q10. What do I need to do before studying at Kansai University?
A:  Since most content classes are taught in Japanese, it is important that your Japanese fluency is high enough for an academic setting. To give you an idea, Level N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or a score of 219 on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) is required by the Graduate School of Informatics. Also, it is important to know what areas you are interested in studying. Graduate students may learn the areas available by following this link: http://gakujo.kansai-u.ac.jp/search/students_byfaculty.jsp

Q11. What are the requirements to enroll at Kansai University?
A: To apply for undergraduate or graduate admissions at Kansai University, there are certain requirements that need to be met. For details, please see the links below:
Undergraduate enrollment:  http://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/English/international/ad_foreign.html
Graduate school enrollment:  http://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/English/international/gpis.html

Q12. What kind of benefits will graduate students receive while studying at Kansai?
A: Tuition reduction and scholarships are available for graduate students who meet the requirements (please see Q13, Q14 and Q15)

Q13. How many students receive a scholarship each year?
A: 30-40% of the students who applied for scholarships received some kind in 2011. Kansai University offers several scholarships and those offered by various foundations are also available for students with outstanding academic performance. The number of available scholarships varies as does the amount awarded to recipient students each year, but normally it ranges between 20,000 yen – 140,000 yen per month.

Q14. How can I apply for a scholarship?
A: You need to become a scholarship applicant candidate at the beginning of each school year by submitting the necessary documents (Application form and the photocopy f your visa, etc.) to the Division of the International Affairs (DIA). Then the DIA will choose the actual applicant for each scholarship according to their academic excellence. (The first year students will be chosen based on the result of their entrance exams). The details of the procedure for registration as an applicant will be given at the initial orientation for international students.

Q15. Is there a tuition reduction?
A: Yes! In 2011, we offered international students a 30% reduction in tuition fee to privately-financed international students who met the requirements and who applied for it before the designated deadline. The actual percentage of reduction may vary each year.

Q16. How many international students are studying at Kansai University?
A: In 2013, we had 64 international students from 16 countries: Most of them were from china (11 students), Korea ( 5 students), Taiwan ( 11 students), America (8 students), while others were from Vietnam, France, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Russia and other countries.

Q17. What kind of student support can I expect?
A: Staff and Professors in The Division of International Affairs are to help you throughout your student life at Kansai University. We also offer you a wide range of opportunities where you can experience Japanese culture.

Q18. Is there a dormitory?
A: Currently, there are 2 dormitories

Minami-Senri International Plaza
- Minami-Senri International Student Dormitory

for more information, please visit
Q19. What is the cost of living when enrolled at Kansai University as an exchange student?
International Dormitory
(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
200,000 - 250,000 JPY
440,000 - 550,000 JPY
* 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
approx. 10,000 - 20,000 JPY
approx. 20,000 - 40,000 JPY
Train: approx. 26,000 JPY
* discounted student pass
Train: approx. 18,000 JPY
* after the student discount
Personal Expenses
100,000 - 150,000 JPY
220,000 - 330,000 JPY
Q20. Is there a chance to make Japanese friends?
A: Yes. There are about 50 Japanese students to one international student on campus and they all study hard together. At the Division of International Affair, we also organize language exchange hour where international students can interact with Japanese students while teaching their native languages.

Q21. I would like to live in an apartment but do not have a guarantor. Is it possible for Kansai University to be my guarantor?
A: Provided that you have a college student visa, we will set up an interview with you to decide whether we can be your guarantor or not.

Q22. Is there a career-support service specifically designed for international students?
A: Yes, there is. There are career orientation sessions for international students and the staff at the Career Center also works closely with each student to assist them with their job search.

Q23. Can I visit Kansai University prior to enrolment?
A: Of course. Please come and visit our beautiful campus during open house or take a look at our web movie at http://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/English/about_ku/bta/index.html


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