Valparaiso University has an exciting exchange opportunity with Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. You can spend a semester or full year at Kansai Gaidai University, located in the culturally rich area between Osaka and Kyoto. Students have the option of living with a Japanese host family or in dormitories located on campus. Kansai Gaidai is located in the city of Hirakata (population 392,000), midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest city, and Kyoto, an ancient capital. This region is the cultural heart of Japan, with many historical sites easily accessible. The transportation system is so well developed in Japan that virtually the whole country is within hours on the express train.
Students are placed in Japanese language classes according to proficiency tests given during orientation in Japan. Students are required to study the language, but are free to choose among the many other courses offered as long as full time status is maintained.
Program dates for the Spring 2018 Semester have not been determined yet. Typically classes start early to mid-January and end late May. Dates listed will serve as an estimate until official dates are released. Please note dates are often similar to the Valpo semester dates.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
You must be a sophomore, junior or senior in good standing, with a G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
You do NOT need to be a Chinese and Japanese Studies major to participate. Two semesters of college-level Japanese are recommended, but not required. Almost all Valpo students can study abroad in Japan without delaying graduation IF they plan carefully with their academic advisor. You should consult with your academic advisor and the OIP as early as possible. Freshman year is not too early to begin your inquiries about study abroad. Careful planning will ensure your classes taken in Japan can be used for graduation requirements.
The application deadline for the Spring Semester of 2018 is October 1st. Applications will be reviewed after the application deadline and applicants will be notified of the decision via their Valpo e-mail.
Air fare: Students can expect to spend $1200.00 - $1400.00 roundtrip between Chicago and Osaka (full-year students may pay a higher price). Many of the discount flights described in newspapers are not useful, because of the conditions attached. The OIP will help you find the most appropriate ticket for your needs.
Tuition and General Fee: Students pay the same tuition and fees they would pay in Valparaiso. All VU study abroad programs are considered "in-residence," so all financial aid (except work-study and some “on-campus” aid) applies.
Room and Board: Students pay VU's room and board charge for the Kansai program, even if they are in homestay with a Japanese family. Students living in dormitories receive a stipend for food expenses.
Spending Money: Japan can be a very expensive country in which to live, depending on the exchange rate between the yen and the dollar. Expect to spend about $1400.
Scholarships: Many independent organizations offer scholarships for study in Japan. Contact the Office of International Programs for details.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert-Associate Director of Study Abroad
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Contact the following faculty with questions about academics, courses, etc.
Professor Frederick Kavanaugh - Assistant Professor of Japanese
Office: ASB 254
Phone: (219) 464 - 5311
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.