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 take language, but are free to choose among the many other courses offered additionally.
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 do NOT need to be a Chinese and Japanese Studies major to participate. Two semesters of college-level Japanese are recommended, but not required. Students with less than two semesters will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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.
Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the Budget Sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee they would pay at Valpo. All financial aid (except work-study and some ‘on-campus’ aid) applies. Be sure to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor to determine the exact cost. Students pay VU's room and board charge, even if they are in homestay with a Japanese family. Students living in dormitories receive a stipend for food expenses.
Students should also take into account any personal spending. This would include personal items, additional personal travel and any other miscellaneous spending. Estimates in the budget sheet are based on average spending, but are difficult to estimate as they vary from person to person. Students should estimate based on their personal spending habits.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and ensure you are able to meet any deadlines. Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming potential resources as well.
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.