Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Hirakata, JAPAN: Kansai Gaidai University


Program Type:  Direct Enroll, Kansai Gaidai University
Duration: Fall, Spring or Full Year

Additional Requirements: 1 year Japanese study or equivalent


Program Overview

The study abroad program in Kansai Gaidai is attractive to students of many majors including business management, economics, government, history, and art. The program is also attractive to students enrolled in Japanese courses, as it provides an interesting combination of courses aimed at improving language proficiency. Founded in 1945, the University is located in Hirakata, a small city between Osaka and Kyoto. The city provides an ideal base in the heart of cultural Japan, not far from ancient tombs in Asuka, mountain temples in Nara, and museums and shrines of Kyoto.


Clark students are hosted at Kansai Gaidai University as part of the Asian Studies Program. Even though non-language courses are taught in English, Clark requires that every applicant to the program has at least one year of Japanese or the equivalent. The academic curriculum at Kansai Gaidai has two main parts. In addition to the intensive Japanese language program, students can take courses in a wide variety of areas, including the humanities, social sciences, and business. All elective courses are taught in English.

Participating students receive four units per semester, provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, final papers are submitted. Students will generally take five courses, including the required Reading & Writing Japanese, and Spoken Japanese courses. A student may register for a maximum of five courses. Four Clark units per semester can only be granted upon successful completion of all courses which must total between 15-17 credits. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified, with the exception of a very few specialized subjects. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure credit transferability of credit.


Housing & Meals

While there, students typically have a choice between living with a host Japanese family and living with other native English speakers in campus housing. The host family option is for students who are willing to accommodate the family lifestyle and may be expected to be home for most evening meals.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to Kansai Gaidai. There is a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill. You will be billed by the Kansai Gaidai University directly for your housing/board, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals) if not provided by the program. Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees at Kansai Gaidai for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2015-16

Clark Spring Clark Fall Kansai Gaidai
Tuition $21,000.00 $21,000.00 $21,000.00
Housing $2,200.00 $2,700.00 $1,800.00
Food $1,775.00 $1,775.00 $1,300.00
Admin Fee $0.00 $0.00 $1,000.00
Total  $24,975.00 $25,475.00 $25,100.00

* based on cost for dorm and meal plan

  • ¥320,000/homestay – breakfast and dinner included (approx. $3000).
  • Lunch for homestay students - $500

Students will be billed for the cost of Clark tuition through their student accounts each semester. Housing, food and other program fees for excursions, on-site transportation, insurance or other fees may be billed directly by the program. There is a one-time $1000 study abroad fee that will appear on your Clark tuition bill.

Remember that there might additional fees for using books, supplies,clubs, gyms, computers, laundry, transportation, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check with your host institution to see if further information is available. Personal travel, non-academic fees, gifts or other personal expesnes are the responsibility of the student.

As they do at Clark, students should anticipate needing additional spending money. Costs for some items vary so widely, it is up to students to research costs for their chosen destination.
These costs can include:


  • Personal expenses including personal travel
  • Transportation & Airfare (both getting to and from your site and any on-site travel)
  • School supplies or books
  • Passport, visa or residence permit
  • Insurance & immunizations

Application Information

Applicants must first submit their application for approval to Clark in order for the office to nominate the student.  Once nominated, students will then receive an email from Kansai Gaidai with application log-in information.

All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements and the Kansai Gaidai University study abroad program eligiblity requirements. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Additional Resources

Any information on this page is subject to change.