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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: 1-Sophomore and Above Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English and local language, Japanese
Click here for a definition of this term Course Prerequisite(s): None Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay
Click here for a definition of this term Internship Option: No Click here for a definition of this term Volunteer/Service Opportunities: No
Click here for a definition of this term Max Credits To Receive/Transfer: 20 Click here for a definition of this term Disciplines of Classes Available: Anthropology, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Business, Communications, Economics, English, Entrepreneurship, Fine Arts, History, Human Service Studies, International Studies, International Studies: Asia, Japanese, Management, Marketing, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women's/Gender Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Program Capacity: Unlimited Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor/Manager: Rhonda Waller
ELR Unit: 2 units
Program Description:

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About the Location

The city of Hirakata, in the Kansai region, is midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest industrial metropolis, and Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capitals of Japan.  Located in the cultural heart of Japan, the location provides an excellent starting point from which to explore Japan. Established in 1972, the Asian Studies Program of Kansai Gaidai University annually welcomes over 600 competitively selected students who represent about 40 countries and regions.

The program provides international students with a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people.  Firmly believing that Japan and Asia will continue to be key players throughout the 21 century, the program encourages students to tackle new challenges and take advantage of various opportunities available in Japan.


Academics

Students enroll in the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University.  Students take a mandatory spoken Japanese language course and electives in art, business, economics, humanities, and social sciences.  Several courses in the Asian studies program are supplemented by field trips around the Kansai region.  All courses except language courses are taught in English. 


General Program Dates

Fall semester – late August to mid-December

Spring semester – mid-January to early June


Cost

Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Students who are interested in studying at Kansai Gaidai are encouraged to apply for the Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan. This is one of the few scholarships available to non-degree-seeking study abroad/exchange students coming to Japan. This is a highly competitive scholarship.

Another option which is offered periodically is the Freeman-Asia scholarship.
 


Housing

Students can choose to live in a homestay or in The Global Commons. 

Homestay participation is strongly encouraged and provides excellent opportunities to acquire and enhance knowledge about the Japanese language and culture.  The Homestay Program offers learning opportunities for both students and and their Japanese families who are seeking to broaden their understanding of different cultures.  Living with a Japanese family provides students with not only an environment to develop their language skills, but opportunities to understand the daily lives, values, and customs of the Japanese people.  Homestay hosts provide students with breakfast and dinner.  Students can purchase lunch at cafeterias on campus.

The GLOBAL COMMONS – YUI accommodates a total of 650 students. The number of the residents is almost equally divided between international and local students.  Active interactions with local students take place in shared living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms.
Interaction through daily life becomes an important part of the learning process as it is a real life experience of living in a local community. Life at YUI offers much more than this. Because students from over 40 countries and regions live and learn together, it provides opportunities to learn about the world.  The facility has 27 units, each consisting of 23 or 27 single rooms.


Additional Eligibility Notes

No prior Japanese language experience is required; however, students are highly encouraged to take at least one Japanese language class prior to applying.


Applications

Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by Kansai Gaidai University.


Orientations

A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.


Additional Informationand Links

Interested?  Join the Global Education Center Facebook page!  Connect with alumni, meet interested students, and get program updates.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more Study Abroad or Study USA programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Amabassadors via email. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Embassy of Japan in Washington- www.us.emb-japan.go.jp
Embassy of the United States in Tokyo- tokyo.usembassy.gov
Consulate General of the United States in Osaka- osaka.usconsulate.gov

Airport Transportation

Kansai International Airport- http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/index.asp
Tokyo Narita Airport- http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/

Local Travel and Tourism

Bus Travel http://willerexpress.com/bus/pc/3/top/
Osaka Area Train  http://www.westjr.co.jp/english/global.html
Keihan Train Line (Sight-seeing guide)  http://www.keihan.co.jp/english_site/
Osaka Subway Map and Information  http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.jp/foreign/english/
 

 


Testimonial:
Testimonial:
Studying abroad in Japan changed my life. When I came back to America I could not even remember who I used to be. I left America pretty close-minded and living in that "bubble" but after meeting people from all over the world my eyes where opened and I no longer just look at life through America's perspective. I am willing to see that there is more to the world then where I am from.
     — Veronica Bland, Spring 2014
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/12/2019
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Rolling Admission 01/17/2020 05/30/2020
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/13/2020
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 8 to 11:59 p.m., November 14. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 3 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Revision Period begins December 3. Students that applied Early Action and are assigned the status "revise and resubmit" or are waitlisted may revise and resubmit their application, submit a change form in Global Commons 360 to switch into an open program, or defer their application to the spring term.

Rolling Period: December 6 to 11:59 p.m., February 13. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 13 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by March.

The deposit refund deadline has been EXTENDED to June 1. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Fall 2020 02/13/2020
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Rolling Admission 08/21/2020 12/19/2020
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 8 to 11:59 p.m., November 14. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 3 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Revision Period begins December 3. Students that applied Early Action and are assigned the status "revise and resubmit" or are waitlisted may revise and resubmit their application, submit a change form in Global Commons 360 to switch into an open program, or defer their application to the spring term.

Rolling Period: December 6 to 11:59 p.m., February 13. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 13 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by March.

The deposit refund deadline has been EXTENDED to June 1. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Spring 2021 09/10/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/15/2021 05/29/2021
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: Apr. 7 to May 7. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 26 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.

Rolling Period: May 26 to Sept. 10. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by Sept. 10 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.

Applications lock on deadline day after 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applicants must click “submit” in their application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time to meet the deadline.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit refund deadline, Nov. 5. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

Indicates that deadline has passed