Ranging from a four-week language development program to a three-year program aiming to acquire a B.A. and M.A. degrees, Kansai Gaidai provides its Japanese students with a variety of study abroad opportunities.
A wide variety of programs enable students to satisfy their academic interests and objectives in an international setting.
Whatever the program, we carefully review our study abroad applicants' academic records as well as credentials to ensure their success while in abroad. The one to three-year study abroad programs involve rigorous selection procedures. The selections in the past clearly indicate that we have been successful in sending qualified representatives, which is key to the successful operation of student exchange programs.
THREE-YEAR DEGREE SEEKING PROGRAM
Selected Kansai Gaidai students study for three years at our affiliated institution in the U.S. where they may earn a B.A. and a M.A. degree. Credits earned at the host institution are transferred to the undergraduate programs at Kansai Gaidai, and therefore, a B.A. degree from Kansai Gaidai may also be awarded upon completion of the three years of study abroad.
|Period||3 academic years for B.A. and M.A.|
TWO-YEAR DEGREE SEEKING PROGRAM
Selected Kansai Gaidai students spend their 3rd and 4th years at our affiliated institutions where they may earn a B.A. degree. Credits earned at the host institutions are transferred to the undergraduate programs at Kansai Gaidai, and therefore, a B.A. degree from Kansai Gaidai can be awarded upon completion of the two years of study abroad.
|Period||2 academic years for B.A.|
|Study Sites||Assigned out of U.S.A., Canada, Sweden, China, Australia|
TWO-YEAR TWO-COUNTRY STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM
Selected students are sent to two countries for one academic year each and study one particular field. By studying in two different countries, students are able to compare the cross-cultural perspectives on the selected field.
|Period||2 academic years|
|Study Sites||Two countries assigned out of 54 countries and regions|
ONE YEAR RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE
Selected Kansai Gaidai students are sent to our affiliated institutions under student exchange agreements on the basis of reciprocity. In most cases, KG students enroll in regular undergraduate courses, while their counterpart international students study at Kansai Gaidai. In some countries, KG students take language/area studies courses.
|Period||1 academic year|
|Study Sites||Assigned out of 54 countries and regions|
ESL + UNDERGRADUATE STUDY PROGRAM
Selected KG students participate in the ESL programs for the first semester and enroll in the regular undergraduate courses during the second semester.
|Period||1 academic year|
CREDIT TRANSFER PROGRAM
This is not a university sponsored program, but an individual study abroad program. Students are able to choose a program and country they wish to study in. If approved, credits earned overseas can be transferred to fulfill the graduation requirements of Kansai Gaidai. Students are personally responsible for all the necessary expenses.
|Period||1 academic year|
|Study Sites||Students may choose a country.|
INTENSIVE LANGUAGE STUDY PROGRAMS
Ranging from four weeks to one semester, Kansai Gaidai offers a wide range of study abroad programs to its students. In addition to the intensive language study, students are able to acquire first-hand knowledge about various cultural aspects of the host country.
|Period||Four weeks to 1 semester|
|Study Sites||Australia, China, Germany, France, New Zealand, Spain, U.S.A., Canada, Italy, Russia, Korea, Vietnum|
INTERNSHIPS IN JAPANESE LANGUAGE TEACHING
The primarily objective of this program is to provide our affiliated institutions with Japanese language teaching interns who can contribute to the development of a Japanese language department, or otherwise expand the existing Japanese language course offerings. Kansai Gaidai is fully responsible for the selection of well-qualified interns.
CREDENTIALS OF AN INTERN
- Each intern candidate holds a B.A. degree from Kansai Gaidai with special training in English and Japanese language teaching. In order to be designated as an intern, a candidate must have first completed all of the required courses in the "Teacher Training Program" at Kansai Gaidai to be an English teacher, in addition to the regular academic load required for graduation.
- Candidates must also complete the required courses in the "Teaching Japanese as a Second Language Program" at Kansai Gaidai. Upon successful completion of these courses, the applicant goes on to further internship training in our Asian Studies Program, where Japanese language is rigorously taught to international students. During the internship program, students are carefully supervised by our Japanese Language instructors.
- In most cases, our interns have had one-year study abroad experiences during their undergraduate program, and therefore, they should not have any problems in making necessary adjustments to the academic environment in a foreign country.
Although the specific arrangements may somewhat differ institution by institution, the following are the typical arrangements for this program:
- NORMAL TEACHING LOAD
8 to 10 hours per week of teaching and preparation for teaching.
- FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
Stipend in the amount of US$4,000-5,000 for one academic year. Housing can be arranged in one of the on-campus residence halls.
While our interns are mainly interested in the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant, some of them may be interested in taking some undergraduate courses, or pursuing a Master's degree while working as an intern. In such cases, arrangements are made for our interns to receive tuition waivers.
SELECTION OF KANSAI GAIDAI EXCHANGE STUDENTS
The selection of Japanese exchange students starts with an announcement of the following year's programs to prospective study abroad applicants at Kansai Gaidai. This announcement is made as early as July for programs starting in August/September of the following year, or in May for programs which start in February/March of the following year. Below are the standard procedures for an "applicant" to become an "exchange student" in our study abroad programs:
SCREENING BY APPLICATION:
First, students submit an application with an essay which describes their motivation and purpose for application. Together with their academic transcripts and the results of English proficiency tests, the application is reviewed carefully. In this initial screening, their grades at Kansai Gaidai are heavily weighed, since these grades are considered to be an excellent indicator to measure students' daily efforts. The English proficiency tests are used to determine whether applicants have the level of proficiency required for respective exchange programs at Kansai Gaidai.
Secondly, those students who have passed the first screening take two comprehensive language proficiency tests comprised of: 1) a lecture comprehension test in which a typical US-style lecture is given by VCR, students take notes, and then answer questions. 2) a reading test which evaluates students' comprehensive reading capabilities. These examinations are developed each year by our faculty members, and are designed to assess whether students satisfy the requirements to enroll in upper-undergraduate level courses at the partner institutions.
INTERVIEWS WITH INTERNATIONAL AND JAPANESE FACULTY MEMBERS:
Third, students with satisfactory results on written examinations go on to an interview by native target language faculty members to demonstrate their listening comprehension and oral presentation skills. Those who pass the interview will have another interview in Japanese by a screening committee. Here, the students' maturity and motivation as well as the aptitude to adjust to a new environment is closely appraised.
CANDIDACY IN THE ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAM:
Students judged to be qualified as study abroad candidates then undergo our rigorous Pre-departure Training Program for four months. The candidates are required to take 1-2 courses in our Asian Studies Program with international students. This is to further accustom them to a discussion-oriented classroom environment.
Besides the above courses, students must take 1-2 courses that are designed to improve students' language proficiency and sharpen such academic skills as note-taking, class participation, research paper, and oral presentation. These courses are all conducted by the faculty members in the Asian Studies Program with experiences in overseas study programs.
While students are in the Pre-departure Training Program, they are tentatively assigned to the study sites based upon their current academic performance.
Only those students who have successfully surmounted all of the above hurdles are able to become "exchange students" and given the "green light" to participate in our study abroad programs.