Ranging from a five-week language development program to a three-year program aiming to achieve a B.A. and M.A. degrees, Kansai Gaidai provides its Japanese students with a variety of study abroad opportunities.
Roughly speaking, our study abroad programs can be divided into two categories: Long-Term Study Abroad Programs and Short-Term Study Abroad Programs. A wide variety of program offerings enable students to satisfy their various academic interests, needs, 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 long-term study abroad programs, in particular, involve rigorous selection procedures: Selection of Kansai Gaidai. The selections in the past clearly indicate that we have been successful in sending qualified representatives, which is the key to the successful operation of student exchange programs.
LONG-TERM STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
DEGREE SEEKING PROGRAM
Selected Kansai Gaidai students study for three years at our affiliated institution in the U.S. where they can be awarded 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 can be awarded upon completion of the three years of study abroad.
|Period||3 academic years for B.A. and M.A.|
DEGREE SEEKING PROGRAM
Selected Kansai Gaidai students spend their 3rd and 4th years at our affiliated institutions where they can be awarded 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||U.S.A., Canada, Sweden, China, Australia, Korea|
TWO-YEAR TWO-COUNTRY STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM
Selected students are sent to two countries for one academic year each and study one particular major field. By studying in two different countries, students are able to compare the cross-cultural influences regarding the selected field. Students are able to make their own study plans.
|Period||2 academic years|
|Study Sites||Select two countries from 51 countries and regions|
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 in the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai. In some countries, KG students take language/area studies courses.
|Period||1 academic year|
|Study Sites||Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greek, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa. Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, U.K., U.S.A., Vietnam|
ESL/REGULAR COURSES PROGRAM
Selected KG students participate in the ESL programs for the first semester and enroll in the regular undergraduate courses during the second semester. KG students are sent to the affiliated institutions as fee-paying students.
|Period||1 academic year|
INTENSIVE LANGUAGE STUDIES PROGRAM
Selected KG students study in the Intensive Language Studies Program in the host country.
|Period||1 academic years|
|Study Sites||Australia, Canada, U.S.A., Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Chille, etc.|
CREDIT TRANSFER PROGRAM
This is not a university sponsored program, but an individualized 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.|
SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
Ranging from five weeks to five months, 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||Five weeks to 1 semester|
|Study Sites||Australia, China, Germany, France, New Zealand, Spain, U.S.A., Canada|
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 will be 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.
- The Teacher Training Program includes an internship program normally arranged at the secondary schools in Japan from which they have graduated. This internship in the secondary schools is a very demanding program, and therefore, unless candidates are well motivated, successful completion of the program may not be achieved.
- 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 a case, arrangements are made for our interns to receive tuition waiver.
Currently, Kansai Gaidai maintains TA Internship arrangements with the following institutions:
|ARGENTINA||Universidad Blas Pascal|
|DENMARK||University of Aarhus|
|ECUADOR||Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo|
|HUNGARY:||University of Pecs|
Lewis and Clark College
Middle Tennessee State University
Appalachian State University
University of Mount Union
Wake Forest University
SELECTION OF KANSAI GAIDAI EXCHANGE CANDIDATES
The selection of Japanese exchange candidates 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 September 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 comprising 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 students' English proficiency as to whether they 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 English-speaking faculty members to demonstrate their listening comprehension and oral presentation skills. Those who pass the interview will have another interview by a screening committee that consists of Japanese faculty members. Here, the students' maturity and motivation as well as the aptitude to adjust to a new environment is closely appraised. Aside from the allocation of the study site, the procedures end in November for August/September programs or in July for February/March programs.
Each year, more than 1,700 students apply for our long-term study abroad programs and some 500 students are selected as study abroad candidates on the basis of the above-mentioned academic performance, test results, and interviews.
CANDIDACY IN THE ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAM:
The screening never ends! 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 get accustomed to a typical 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 and personal interests thorough an interview.
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. Then a series of orientations and information meetings begins. In these orientation meetings, information regarding the responsibilities of exchange students, life in foreign countries, application and immigration procedures, travel arrangements, health insurance, credit transfer, and much more are addressed.