Japan Study Program

Valparaiso University has an exciting exchange opportunity our sister university in Japan.


You must be a sophomore, junior or senior in good standing, with a G.P.A. of at least 3.0. You do NOT need to be a Chinese and Japanese Studies major to participate, but you do need to have studied Japanese previously. Two semesters of college-level Japanese are required for the Kansai Gaidai program. Almost all Valpo students can study abroad in Japan without delaying graduation IF they plan carefully with their academic advisor.

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Classes Offered

A semester or full year at Kansai Gaidai University, located in the culturally rich area between Osaka and Kyoto. This program offers Japanese language instruction and a number of Asian Studies courses taught in English, including topics in business, art, economics, and history, among others. Students have the option of living with a Japanese host family or in dormitories located on campus. Students pay all fees, including tuition, room, and meal plan, to Valparaiso University.

Students are placed in Japanese language classes according to proficiency tests given during the orientation in Japan. Students are required to study language, but are free to choose among the courses offered as long as full-time status is maintained.

Travel Opportunities

Kansai Gaidai is located in the city of Hirakata (population 392,000), midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest city, and Kyoto, an ancient capital. This region is the cultural heart of Japan, with many historical sites easily accessible. The transportation system is so well developed in Japan that virtually the whole country is within hours on the express train.

Applying to the Program

You must apply for the program through the Office of International Programs. The OIP is located in the Harre Union, room 209, phone 464 - 5333. You should consult with your academic advisor, Professor Fred Kavanagh, and the OIP as early as possible. Freshman year is not too early to begin your inquiries about study abroad. Careful planning will insure your classes taken in Japan will be used for graduation requirements.

Valparaiso University Charges

Students pay the same tuition and fees they would pay in Valparaiso. All VU study abroad programs are considered "in-residence," so all financial aid (except work-study, music, and in-season athletic scholarships) applies. Students pay Valpo's room and board charge for the Kansai Gaidai program, even if they are in home stay with a Japanese family, and students in either living option will receive a stipend for food expenses.

Air fare

Students can expect to spend $900-$1200 round trip between Chicago and Osaka. Many of the discount flights described in newspapers are not useful because of the conditions attached. The OIP will help you find the most appropriate ticket for your needs.

Spending Money

Japan can be a very expensive country in which to live, depending on the exchange rate between the yen and the dollar. Consult former students and the financial section of your newspaper to estimate your relative costs.


AIEJ Scholarships (for full-year students only), Freeman grants, and other awards are available for qualified students; contact the Office of International Programs for details.

More Information

Valparaiso University International Studies Office: studyabroad@valpo.edu

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