Loyola University Maryland

International Programs

Kansai Gaidai University-Osaka Prefecture, Japan

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Osaka

History

Kansai Gaidai University is located in Hirakata City midway between Osaka City, Japan’s second largest industrial metropolis, and Kyoto. The university is located in the cultural heart of Japan. Kansai Gaidai’s campus provides an excellent starting point from which to begin an exploration of a land that, by anyone’s standards, is truly fascinating.

Criteria for Acceptance

  • Typically sophomores and juniors with a cumulative average of 3.0.
  • Students who can find courses which fit their Loyola academic program and allow full-time participation and who are neither on disciplinary probation nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems should apply.

Academics

  • Consult the Office of International Programs as early as possible to get assistance on course selections at Loyola so that you are prepared for Kansai Gaidai.
  • This exchange program is best designed for students who have a General Business, International Business, Social Science or Humanities major, but all students with a broad range of core and electives can apply.
  • Courses will be taught in English.
  • All students must take a Japanese language and writing course while at Kansai Gaidai.

Length of Stay

  • This exchange program is offered in either the fall or spring semester or for the full academic year.
  • The fall program starts in late August and ends in mid-December. The spring program starts in mid-to-late January and ends in mid-May.

Housing

  • Housing can be arranged in a dormitory setting or in a homestay. We suggest the dormitory, Seminar House III.

Cost

  • Students are eligible for consideration for all forms of federal, state, institutional and private sources of aid, except the Federal Work-Study Program. Students studying abroad for a semester or full academic year will forfeit the value of a Federal Work-Study Assignment.
  • Students pay tuition to Loyola.
  • Students will be responsible for all other expenses such as housing, airfare, and meals.

Benefits

This exchange program offers:

  • An independent study abroad experience; 
  • The opportunity for an immersion language experience; 
  • Airport pickup; 
  • Orientation; 
  • University trips at cost; and
  • Very beautiful campus.

Application Requirements

  • Applications must be submitted by December 4 (Wednesday after Thanksgiving) for the fall and spring term.
  • A brief essay and advisor's signature must be submitted at that time.

Course Equivalencies

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This is a working list of the course equivalencies for the Loyola-Osaka exchange.

The course approvals and equivalencies provided are the most current for the Office of International Programs. Once accepted to a study abroad program, students will have an academic interview with the appropriate director and will be advised on their course selection.

Please be advised: All students are solely responsible for informing themselves about the status of these courses. Course approvals and equivalencies may change at a moments notice. This means you should confirm if the following courses are approved, or if the courses have been removed.

If there are other courses you desire to take, and they are not on the course equivalency list; you must get written course approval by the department chair. The courses that you choose should fit into your degree audit and enable you to graduate on time.