Kwansei Gakuin University

Kwansei Gakuin University

Location
Osaka, Japan 

Availability
Available university-wide


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    Kwansei Gakuin is one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan, dating back to 1889, when it was founded in Kobe by the American missionary Reverend Walter Russell Lambuth, M.D. It is now a comprehensive and integrated educational institution spread across six campuses: Nishinomiya Uegahara, Nishinomiya Seiwa, Kobe Sanda, Osaka Umeda, Tokyo Marunouchi, and Takarazuka. 

    Most schools are located on the Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus. The School of Policy Studies and the School of Science and Technology are located on the Kobe Sanda Campus, while the Nishinomiya Seiwa Campus is home to the School of Education. 

    KwanseiGakuin values inclusiveness for students from all backgrounds. Throughout its history, Kwansei Gakuin has strongly emphasized its international character. A variety of programs aim to develop globally-minded people who understand other cultures and countries of the world, and inspire them to help others, in the spirit of the school’s motto, Mastery for Service. 

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    Nishinomiya city is located in the south-east of Hyogo prefecture, between the cities of Kobe and Osaka. It has been developed as an “educational living district", taking advantage of the convenient location and rich natural environment. The city is best known as the home of Koshien Stadium, home to the Hanshin Tigers professional baseball team, and where Japan’s annual high school baseball championship is held. Nishinomiya is also famous for its sake microbrewery district and many cake factories.

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    • Dōtombori district 
    • Osaka-jō castle 
    • O-hatsu Ten-jin shrine 
    • Osaka Aquarium Kaiyūkan 
    • Nunobiki Falls 
    • Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum 
    • Port of Kōbe Earthquake Memorial Park 
    • Kitano-chō district 
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    Japan is an island country in East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of the Asian continent. It is a member of the ASEAN Plus mechanism, UN, OECD, G7, G8 and G20.

    Approximately 97% of Japan's 126 million people live on the four largest islands and the capital city of Tokyo is the largest city in the world at 37 million people – a third of Japan's total population. More than 99% of the population speaks Japanese as their first language, but younger Japanese are usually familiar with English, particularly in tourist-heavy areas such as Tokyo.

    Japan has a very high standard of living, with the population enjoying one of the highest life expectancies in the world. It has the third-largest economy in the world and is the world's fourth-largest exporter and importer. It’s little surprise that Japan is very popular with tourists. The country is very safe, clean, beautiful, modern and easy to navigate. You're likely already aware of some of the more popular attractions such as Mt. Fuji, bamboo forests, cherry blossom season, as well as the cuisine that includes favourites such as ramen, sushi and tempura.

    Japan seems to have a reputation for being expensive, however it's more budget friendly for tourists than many think. Despite having the largest city in the world, two thirds of Japan is actually covered by forests and mountains. You could visit various animal islands and parks to get up close with deer, foxes, and cats. During the winter season, try skiing in the mountains, with the enticing option of a hot spring to relax in after a day on the slopes. If you're into anime, J-pop, gaming, or fashion, Japan is a must-visit location to see the cutting edge of these trends. Alternatively, you could visit a traditional shrine, participate in an ancient festival, stop by a country town or wander through old castles and estates, and get a taste for the other side of Japan.

    Did you know?

    Japanese trains are among the world’s most punctual: their average delay is just 18 seconds! There is even a train that “floats” above the tracks by magnetism. In 2015, this train hit a record-breaking top speed of 603 kph (374mph) on an experimental track. Geisha means “person of the arts” and the first geisha, who appeared around the year 1730, were actually male!

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Fall Semester (SP5)
September to January 

Spring Semester (SP2)
March/April to July 


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    Undergraduate

    • Accounting 
    • Economics 
    • Human Welfare Studies 
    • International Business 
    • International Relations 
    • Japanese Studies 
    • Management 

    Postgraduate

    • Accounting 
    • Business 
    • Corporate Strategy 
    • Finance 
    • Human Resources 
    • International Development 
    • Japanese Economy 
    • Management 
    • Marketing  
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    All students must meet standard exchange selection criteria and any host institution restrictions.

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    • UniSA academic transcript 
    • Passport 
    • Motivation letter 
    • Recommendation letter by academic staff 
    • Accommodation letter  
    • Medical form and Certificate of Health
    • 4x Passport sized photos
    • Evidence of finance
    • Immigration application form 
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    Students must register for 12 Kwansei Gakuin credits for 13.5 UniSA units and 14 Kwansei Gakuin credits for 18 UniSA units

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    Japanese Language Requirement: Prospective exchange students must at least be able to fluently read, write and pronounce the Japanese Hiragana and Katakana phonetic scripts by the time they arrive in Japan.  JLT students must take the Japanese placement test held during Orientation Week. The Japanese placement test results determine the level of mandatory Japanese Language Courses each student is to be enrolled in. 

    English Language Requirement: As a number of elective courses are taught in English, exchange students whose native language is not English are expected to have an English proficiency equivalent to a TOEFL iBT score of 71 or higher.  

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KGU Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Weather
Autumn/Winter: 1°c to 11°c  
Spring/Summer: 19°c to 30°c

Currency
¥ Yen   

Local language/s
Japanese  


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    Kwansei Gakuin University does not offer airport pick up. You will need to make your own way to the campus from Osaka Itami Airport or Kansai International Airport.

    More information on how to get to the campus can be found here. 

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    KGU offers two accommodation options for exchange students; homestays where you will be to experience living with a Japanese family, or living in student dormitories, with other KGU and exchange students. Both accommodation options offer a private room.  Note that if you want to stay in the student dormitories, places are limited and competitive so you may not always be allocated your first preference. 

    More information on accommodation can be found here.  

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    As an exchange partner with the University of South Australia, you do not have to pay tuition fees to Kwansei Gakuin University, instead you will pay tuition as you would normally at UniSA. Travel and living expenses are at your own cost. The table below gives an indication of costs you will incur: 

    Items Approximate Cost (AUD)
    Return flights from Adelaide $1500 
    Health Insurance  $40 per semester 
    Accommodation    from $2250 per month 
    Meals/Groceries  $120 to $400 per month 
    Transportation  $120 per month 
    Entertainment and incidentals including phone, laundry etc.  $400 to $500 per month 

    More information can be found here.

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    UniSA offers a generous travel grant of up to $2500 for a full semester exchange. You may also be eligible to receive an OS-HELP loan of up to $8000. For more information please see funding and scholarships website

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    UniSA offers travel insurance as part of your exchange for up to 270 days (can be extended up to 365 days). For more information please see travel insurance website.  
     
    Please click here to read the travel insurance policy. 
     
    A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here
     
    If you have any further questions about travel insurance, please contact the UniSA Insurance Office on 08 8302 1678. 
     
    As an exchange student at Kwansei Gakuin University, you must purchase compulsory additional health insurance. See here for more information. 

KGU Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Visa information

It is your responsibility to apply for your visa for your overseas study experience. You can refer to the relevant consulate regarding a specific countries visa requirement. UniSA is legally unable to provide visa advice. Please see below links for more information.  
 
Australian Government DFAT brief on Japan is available here.   
   
Japan embassy website can be found here.  
 
Kwansei Gakuin University student visa FAQ is available here

Register your travel

To participate in an exchange experience, you must register your travel with International SOS (iSOS). We will provide instructions on how to do this throughout the process. 
 
UniSA has partnered with iSOS to offer our students medical, safety and security advice, referrals, emotional support and routine and emergency assistance when travelling or living abroad. 
 
For more information please visit the Travel Health and Safety Webpage
 
Before your departure, we strongly encourage you to visit the Smartraveller website
 
The website contains important information you need to know about travel documents, up to date travel advisories on destinations you may be travelling to on behalf of the University, travel tips and more. 

KGU Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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KGU Short-term Programs 

KGU offers a few different short-term programs both in summer and winter terms. The courses range from intensive language courses to cultural experience. This experience is designed for those who wish to improve their communication skills in Japanese language while increasing their understanding of Japanese culture through a variety of activities. 

Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Study Program 
Location:
Nishinomiya, Japan 
UniSA application deadline:
TBA 
Program dates:
Summer Program: 15th July to 4th August 2020 
Winter Program: 1st to 20th February 2021 
Credit: 
TBA
 Duration: 
3 weeks 
Eligibility:
All students must meet short-term exchange selection criteria and any host institution requirements. 
Credit notes:
7.5 ECTS is equal to 4.5 UniSA units 
Other Information:
This program is part of the UniSA exchange agreement. UniSA students are eligible for a tuition-free place, dependant on availability – other program fees apply, see partner website for details. 
Available to both Undergraduate and Graduate students. 
Program brochure:
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KGU Summer School  
Location:
Nishinomiya, Japan 
UniSA application deadline:
TBA 
Program dates:
5th June to 9th July 2020 
Credit: 
TBA
 Duration: 
5 weeks 
Eligibility:
All students must meet standard short-term exchange selection criteria and any host institution requirements. 
Credit notes:
7.5 ECTS is equal to 4.5 UniSA units 
Other Information:
This program is part of the UniSA exchange agreement. UniSA students are eligible for a tuition-free place, dependant on availability – other program fees apply, see partner website for details. 
Available to both Undergraduate and Graduate students. 
Program brochure:
Currently unavailable

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