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.

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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 Spring 2021 Semester will be conducted both via on-site instruction and home-based remote instruction.

  1. ASP On-Site* is a study abroad program on campus of Kansai Gaidai University. Under the agreement of the List of Conditions presented by the University, students will come to the University and mainly take in-person courses.

    Who is eligible to apply for ASP On-Site?
    Students who were deferred from 2020FA and then applied to 2021SP with agreement of the list of conditions presented by KGU.

    *These plans are subject to change given new rules from the Japanese Government and/or new guidelines from the University’s COVID-19 Response Committee.

    The List of Conditions (PDF)

  2. ASP Home-Based is an online oriented program that students take Japanese Language courses and some selected content courses focusing on Japan and Asia from his/her home-based place.

    Who is eligible to apply for ASP Home-Based?
    Any students from partner institutions of Kansai Gaidai University.

Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding Spring 2021 Semester of ASP On-Site / ASP Home-Based.

While Fall 2020 Semester courses are mainly being conducted remotely, 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:

  • Fever
  • 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.

Phone: 072-805-2831

The following information may be added/updated/revised as we progress. Please therefore check this information regularly.

Last updated: November 2, 2020

ASP On-Site

  1. Who is eligible to apply to ASP On-Site?
    Students who were admitted to our Fall 2020 Semester but were deferred due to entry ban, and again applied to our Spring 2021 Semester program.

  2. Are there any special conditions that students must be aware of for participation?
    Yes, please refer to the list of conditions, which include COVID-19 testing both prior to departure and after arrival in Japan plus two-week quarantine at an off-campus location. KGU will also be enforcing strict safety protocols while students are on campus such as mask usage and health monitoring during the semester which all students must agree to follow all times. For details, please refer to the List of Conditions (PDF).

  3. Who will make arrangements for quarantine and be responsible for the cost?
    Quarantine arrangements will be made by KGU, which includes transportations from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to our campus, and meals during the quarantine period. Students must be responsible for the payment. (Approx. US$1,430-1,910)

  4. How will the face-to-face course offerings be? Will full-course offerings be available?
    The number of courses offered in a face-to-face format will be limited depending upon the number of students in the ASP On-Site program. Students may take courses that will be offered online as well which will have a greater variety. The course list will be available sometime in the middle of November.

  5. What type of housing options will be available?
    On-campus residence (YUI) is the only option. (Homestay and off-campus housing are not available.) All rooms are single rooms in YUI, but other facilities (bathrooms, kitchens, etc.) are shared.

  6. Is it possible to arrive in Japan early and complete the quarantine in advance?
    No. You must arrive in Japan on one of the arrival dates designated by KGU.

  7. Should students bring a supply of masks from our home country or is there a place to buy them in Japan?
    Students should bring at least some masks for the initial travel to Japan and for the quarantine period. You will find no difficulties in buying them in Japan.

  8. What will be the cost of residence be for the on-campus residence (YUI) for a semester?
    JPY230,000 a semester. (For details, please refer to:

ASP Home-Based

  1. Who is eligible to apply to ASP Home-Based?
    Any students nominated by KGU’s affiliated institutions are eligible.

  2. When will course list and course schedule be available?
    It will be ready by the middle of November by the time of application.

  3. Is application process the same as regular on-site program?
    No. After being nominated, students will be asked to provide us with necessary information including course selection online.

  4. How many courses do students take?
    Students may take up to two courses (6-8 credits)

  5. How much are the tuition and fees?
    The JYP10,000 (Approx. US$96) registration fee is all students must pay to KGU. Textbook expenses will be students’ responsibility.

  6. Will academic credits and grades be given upon successful completion of the program?
    Yes. The contents of the on-line courses are basically the same as the ones offered in a face-to-face format, and an official transcript with credits and grades will be issued after the semester is completed.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. How do I pay the Registration Fee?
    Students should pay the fee by credit card. If credit card is not available, bank check is also accepted.

  11. Can a University make payments on behalf of their student?
    Yes. Please contact us if the University would like to make payment. Payment by credit card or bank wire transfer will also be accepted.

  12. Can I receive a refund if I withdraw during the semester?
    No. The Registration Fee is non-refundable.

  13. Is taking a Japanese Language course mandatory?
    No. It is not mandatory to take a Japanese Language course.

  14. What is the difference between “Japanese” and “Kanji and Readings”?
    Please refer to the Japanese Language Courses:

  15. How do I know which level I will be placed in for Japanese Language courses?
    You course notification will be available before December 24, 2020.

  16. 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.

  17. Can I take more than two courses?
    No. Two courses are the maximum number you can take.

  18. 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 50% and 50%. For Japanese courses the recommendation is 60% synchronous and 40% asynchronous.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. Is there an Add & Drop period?
    Drop is available during a designated period. Adding a course is not possible. However, regarding “Japanese” and “Kanji and Reading”, level adjustments may occur.

  23. 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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Kansai Gaidai University
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Phone: 072-805-2831