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Japan: Kansai Gaidai year-long exchange


Exchange Program – Osaka, Japan

Program Summary

The University of Louisville/ Kansai Gaidai year-long exchange in Osaka, Japan is for students with an interest in Japanese and Asian culture. Hosted by the Kansai Gaidai University of Foreign Studies, in Hirakata, Japan U of L students do their studies in KGU’s Asian Studies Program  alongside Japanese and other U.S. and international students.

Exchange students will spend two semesters studying in Japan.  All classes are conducted in English, although all students are required to take at least one reading/ writing and one spoken course in Japanese language each semester. Exchange students are expected to return to the University of Louisville to resume their studies.

Kansai Gaidai University website

Exchange Details:

  • Kansai Gaidai University Academic Year:  Last week of August to the end of May.  
  • University of Louisville Application deadline:  December 1
  • The University of Louisville International Center pays UofL tuition and tuition is waived at Kansai Gaidai University.
  • The exchange student is responsible for UofL tuition during the exchange period. Tuition is waived at Kansai Gaidai University. 
  • The exchange student receives a monthly stipend while in Osaka.  The stipend of $5,000 is paid over 10 consecutive months. The  monthly stipend is used to help with housing and meal costs. 
  • The exchange period is for ten months. The exchange student is expected to furnish spending money, transportation to and from Osaka, living expenses during the vacation period and between semesters, independent travel costs, insurance and other personal expenses (books, telephone charges, etc.), which are estimated to be between $6,000 and $8,000.

Program Requirements:

Applicants must have completed thirty semester hours of college coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 or better at the time of the award. exchange students may take any courses at Kansai Gaidai University for which they qualify, subject to course prerequisites.

To apply, submit the following materials to the International Center by December 1:

  • The application form

  • Two letters of recommendation from professors at UofL (or other university/college attended).  If you are taking Japanese one of these letters should be from your Japanese language teacher

  • A 750 word statement of purpose that outlines the proposed course of study, your qualifications, as well as educational objectives to be achieved by studying in Japan.  In addressing your qualifications, you should include a discussion of career goals, work experience, special skills or licenses, foreign language proficiency and foreign and domestic travel experience.

Applicants should demonstrate the ability to conduct themselves in both interpersonal and academic situations to the credit of the University of Louisville and the United States. Upon return to Louisville, the exchange student must write a final report on the study year and provide up to twenty hours of service as a resource person for programs related to Kansai Gaidai and Japan.

Applications may be picked up and returned to:

Dr Joy Carew

International Center

Office of Study Abroad and International Travel

101 Brodschi Hall

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292


Financial matters and visa

In order to get their student visa students will have to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds for the academic year in Japan --usually a statement from the bank will suffice.  Since the exchange students receive a stipend of $5,000 for 10 months and this is documented in UofL acceptance letter, he/she will only have to get a letter from the bank stating that  he/she has an additional $4,000.  These two documents should be submitted when applying for the visa.


Students may also be eligible to apply for Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) scholarship.


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