Valparaiso University has an exciting exchange program with Kansai Gaidai University, located in the culturally rich area between Osaka and Kyoto.
The program offers Japanese language instruction and a number of East Asian studies courses taught in English, including topics in business, art, economics, and history. Students have the option of living with host families or in dormitories located on campus. Students pay all fees, including room, meal plan, tuition, and general fee to Valparaiso University. The program is available during fall and/or spring semesters. Visit the Office of International Programs to begin the application process.
You must be a sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing, with a GPA of at least 3.0. You do not need to be a Chinese and Japanese studies major to participate. Two semesters of college-level Japanese are recommended, but not required for the Kansai program, and highly recommend for the Osaka International program. Almost all Valpo students can study abroad in Japan without delaying graduation if they plan carefully with their academic advisor. A semester or full year at Kansai Gaidai University 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. The program at Osaka International University (OIU) also offers language study, but has the added feature of a one-month internship with a Japanese company or organization. Students engage in intensive language study for the first semester, then spend an interim period in an internship setting before returning to OIU campus and taking courses taught in English. Students have the option of living with a host family or in a dormitory. Tuition fees are paid to Valparaiso University; all other fees, including room and board, are paid directly to OIU. This program runs from September to July and is offered for the whole Japanese academic year only. It is especially suitable for business and engineering students.