The Kansai Gaidai Global Act Initiative has been launched as part of our efforts to make positive contributions to international education. We are now facing unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19. Boarders are closed and movement of people is severely restricted. Thus the current world situation is not conducive to the development of cross-cultural understanding.
We, at Kansai Gaidai, strongly feel that we should play our role in facilitating such understanding by launching new initiatives. We should all be innovative, active and cooperative to get through these difficult times together.
The Asian Studies Program Fall Semester Online Program is our first initiative in this endeavor. The full version of Japanese language courses as well as selected lecture courses on Japan and Asia are offered free to students at our partner institutions. The Program includes involvement in intercultural engagement activities with local students at Kansai Gaidai.
We hope many students will take advantage of our programs to overcome boundaries and develop new pathways to a deeper understanding of the world.
Updates & Announcement
(Past announcements will be listed under this section)
Sep 11, 2020
The Fall 2020 Semester Online Program and IEP are well underway
Sep 01, 2020
The Intercultural Engagement Program will soon be launched!
In order to effectively respond to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, the University Emergency Contingency Committee (Chair: President) was launched and has been making contingency plans in cooperation with related offices. The Asian Studies Program has its own ad-hoc Emergency Committee (Chair: Dean of the Asian Studies Program) to monitor the well-being of our international students as well as to communicate promptly with our partner institutions. Measures have been launched in accordance with advice from the Japanese Government as well as other international health organizations.
The Fall 2020 Semester Online Courses will be conducted with all-levels of Japanese Language courses and 20 selected content courses focusing on Japan and Asia. This is a special online courses offered to students at our partner institutions, particularly to those who were nominated to study at Kansai Gaidai during the Fall 2020 Semester.
Special features of the program are:
- Tuition Free (Registration Fee of USD100 required)
- Part-time Enrollment (up to two courses from 60 course selections)
- Grades and Credits Awarded
- Easy application steps to apply (no screening if nominated by home institution)
Nomination Period until July 17th, 2020
- Participation in Intercultural Engagement Program with local students at Kansai Gaidai
While Spring 2020 Semester classes are being conducted remotely for all our university programs, our administrative offices remain in full operation.
Kansai Gaidai recommends that members of its community follow guidelines developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for preventing the spread of respiratory viruses in general:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects (such as cell phones) and surfaces (such as keyboards or doorknobs).
- Follow guidelines for social distancing
Symptoms of COVID-19 infection, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure, include:
- Dry cough
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Heavy fatigue
- Loss of taste or smell
Please be aware, novel coronavirus can be transmitted by individuals who show no symptoms and do not know they are infected.
More information can be downloaded here:
The most common symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
(Source: Health Organization )
If you have any symptoms, please contact the Center for International Education immediately and stay in your room until further notice from the office.
If enrolled in this Online Courses, can I still apply for the Spring 2021 Asian Studies Program?
Yes. The Fall 2020 Online Program is a special program offered this time only, and thus enrollment in this program will not affect your participation in the Spring 2021 regular semester. Application processes are also different.
How can I apply for the Online Courses?
You need to be nominated by your home institution. Please therefore contact your exchange coordinator at your university.
Will it be counted toward our exchange credit/balance?
No. Your enrollment in the online courses will not be counted as part of regular exchange credits or exchange balance.
Is there any other fee that I have to pay in addition to the Registration Fee?
No. The Registration Fee of USD100 is the only fee and no other fees are required. However, participants are encouraged to actively participate in the Intercultural Engagement Program with local students.
How many students can be nominated?
There is no limit in the number of students who can be nominated by a single institution.
Is there a minimum GPA to apply for the Online Courses?
No. Students can be accommodated as long as they are nominated by their home institutions. However, please understand that once students are nominated, they must be committed to complete their courses.
Is there any difference in fees between taking one course and two courses?
No. Registration Fee is charged per person, not by the number of courses.
How do I pay the USD100 Registration Fee?
Students should pay the fee by credit card. If credit card is not available, bank check is also accepted.
Can a University make payments on behalf of their student?
Yes. Please contact the Center for International Education if the University would like to make payment. Payment by credit card or bank wire transfer will also be accepted.
Can I receive a refund if I withdraw during the semester?
No. The Registration Fee is non-refundable.
Is taking a Japanese Language course mandatory?
No. It is not mandatory to take a Japanese Language course.
What is the difference between Japanese and Kanji and Readings?
Please refer to the course syllabi on our ASP website.
How do I know which level I will be placed in for Japanese Language courses?
You will be notified by e-mail regarding the result of the placement test by July 31.
Do I receive grades and credits for the courses that I take?
Yes. Grades and credits will be awarded. An official transcript will be issued in mid-January as in the regular program. There will be no indication of online course on the transcript that the course was online.
Can I take more than two courses?
No. Two courses are the maximum number you can take.
What is the proportion between synchronous and asynchronous?
Each instructor will arrange his or her courses, either in Japanese or content courses, to best fit the course objectives. However, for content courses, the recommended ratio between synchronous and asynchronous is 20% and 80%. For Japanese courses the recommendation is 60% synchronous and 40% asynchronous. Due to time zone challenges the scheduling overlap in courses taught primarily synchronously will increase.
If I miss any classes that are done synchronous, is there any way that I can catch up? Can I record the class?
We will ask all professors to record their synchronous classes for playback by students. Students may also record lectures on their own with consent from professors.
Are there any local students taking the courses together with international students?
Yes, in the content courses, local students who are scheduled to study abroad next semester will be taking courses with you
Can I take courses offered in any time zones according to my preference, or do I have to choose courses offered in any specific time zone(s)?
Yes, you may take courses from any time zone.
Will all courses be offered in all three time zones?
In principle, yes. However, please understand that some courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
Is there an Add & Drop period?
Deadline for dropping course will be Friday, September 11 (JST). Adding a course is not possible. However, regarding Japanese and Kanji and Reading, level adjustments may occur.
Are there any requirements for internet or computer devices?
You will need to have a computer with a web camera and microphone.
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