Japan

Sophomores, juniors and first semester seniors have the opportunity to enroll in the Asian Studies program at Kansai Gaidai University, located in Hirakata, Japan. The Asian Studies program at Kansai Gaidai was  established in 1972, and hosts more than 700 international students  annually.  Coursework covers a broad spectrum of subjects, and students will find themselves alongside Japanese and international students from more than 40 countries in their Asian Studies courses.   All students will take Japanese language while on the program,  but need not have completed Japanese prior to participation.  

  • Based in Hirakata
  • Fall or Spring semester; or academic year
  • Pre-requisites: one Asian Studies course
  • must take Japanese
  • Live with homestay families

 

Location     Academics     Co-curricular     Housing     

Calendar     Orientation      Program Contacts

 

 

Location

Hirakata is located midway between Osaka and Kyoto, both cities being about an hour away by train. 

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Academics

Students will select elective courses from within the Asian Studies program.  Coursework is offered in history, government, gender and sexuality studies, communications, economics, arts, psychology, literature, religious studies, and more.  

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Co-curricular

Students will have the opportunity to join organizations on campus, including the “speaking partner program” and the “experience Japan program”, as well as clubs and teams such as judo, flower arrangement, kendo, karate, tea ceremony, tennis, and soccer.   

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Housing

As with most SLU Study Abroad Programs, students are strongly encouraged to live with a homestay family.  Living with a Japanese family and taking part in its daily routines and conversations provides students with a unique and valuable insight into Japanese culture that they could not otherwise attain.   Students who select the homestay option can expect a rewarding experience, but must also be prepared for a potential commute of over an hour to campus. 

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Calendar

Please click here to find the 2013-2014 Program Calendar.

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Orientation

Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the students participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session lead by the CIIS office on culture shock, and what to expect, as well as safety and security while abroad.

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Program Contacts

If you are interested in learning more about the Japan program please contact one of the following people.

CIIS Office: Helen Huang, Director of Asia Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Faculty CoordinatorDr. Mark MacWilliams - Questions about program academics.

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