- An applicant should have a strong academic record in order to demonstrate the ability to pursue studies at Kansai Gaidai. The applicant must have at least one year (preferably two years) of experience at a college level institution with a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) to be considered for admission.
- Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of educational interests and probable success as indicated by academic records as well as recommendation letters. In addition, applicants whose overall academic pursuits will benefit from our course offerings may be given admission priority. Although previous work in Japanese language and/or Asian studies is not required, applicants with some background in these areas may be also given preference for admission.
- Since all courses, except for Japanese language courses, are conducted in English, those applicants whose native language is not English must submit an evidence that they have adequate English proficiency (TOEFL score of above 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 80 on the internet-based test). This requirement is waived for students from our affiliated institutions.
- Students who are officially recommended by our affiliated institutions are given admission priority over those who apply independently. Since the selection of the students is fully up to the sending institution, the above standards may not be strictly adhered to with exchange students. Students' motivation, maturity, and adaptability are thoroughly reviewed in the course of selection procedures.
- Regardless of intended period of stay, all Asian Studies Program participants are initially given admission for only one semester. Those students who wish to extend their studies into the second semester at Kansai Gaidai must be in good academic standing, otherwise an extension of stay may not be approved.
Again, please note that previous Japanese language training is not an absolute requirement for admission to our Asian Studies Program. However, we encourage students to have some background knowledge in Japanese, since such students usually benefit the most from the educational and personal experiences available at Kansai Gaidai.