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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Academic Level: Undergraduate
Required GPA: 3.3 Living Arrangements: Homestay
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: JPN 103 or equivalent
Liberal Studies Domain: A+L, EL, RD, SCBI, UP Study Abroad Contact: Cara Miller
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

DePaul Study Abroad offers the opportunity to study at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan for the academic year. This is part of an exchange program that also brings students from Kansai Gaidai to attend classes at DePaul. The combination of a Japanese language program along with lecture courses in the humanities, social sciences and business makes it possible for participants to study a variety of subjects while in Japan ranging from business management to literature to studio art.

Osaka, Japan Umeda District All courses, with the exception of the language courses, are taught in English. Therefore, students with limited Japanese language training can still pursue their areas of interest. Course offerings range from topics on traditional culture to current economic developments, which affords students the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of Japan.

Kansai Gaidai is located in Hirakata City, which is midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest industrial metropolis, and Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Being at the cultural heart of the country, this geographical advantage provides students with an excellent starting point to begin their experience in a truly fascinating land.

Kansai Gaidai University was originally established in 1945 by Dr. Takako Tanimoto as a language school with an enrollment of eight students. It was her goal to provide an international perspective and opportunities for her students. Kansai Gaidai has been sponsoring exchange programs since 1972. They currently host over 500 students from around the world each year.

Students must have at least a 3.3 GPA and completed at least Japanese 103 or demonstrated an equivalent language proficiency level to participate in this program. To apply to this program, students must submit two (2) academic recommendation forms from faculty familiar with your academic work (both must be from Japanese language instructors).


For students studying for the fall semester only, please refer to the course and credit structure of the fall program below:
Total 24 Credits
JPN 298: Language Course worth 7.5 credits
JPN 298: Language Course worth 4.5 credits
MOL 298: Content Area course worth 6 credits
MOL 298: Content Area course worth 6 credits

For students studying over the course of the academic year, please refer to the course and credit structure of the academic year program below:
Total 18 Credits
Total 12 Credits
Total 18 Credits
JPN 298 worth 7.5 credits MOL 298 worth 6 credits MOL 398 worth 6 credits
JPN 298 worth 4.5 credits MOL 298 worth 6 credits JPN 398 worth 7.5 credits
MOL 298 worth 6 credits   JPN 398 wroth 4.5 credits
Year Total 48 Credits
Please note that each course you take at the host institution, the name of the class will be added to your DePaul Transcript under the course topic.

For example: JPN 298: Tea Ceremony.

Osaka, Japan Shinsekai Neighbo
The Osaka Academic Year program is designed to allow participants to complete 48 hours of coursework.

Kansai Gaidai University operates on a semester system, so students attending Kansai Gaidai would take 8 classes (4 during the fall semester and 4 during the spring semester).

How to search for courses:
  1. View available courses here
    • Credits for the studio and martial arts courses are not transferable. Art majors should discuss the applicability of art courses to their degree with their major advisor and a study abroad advisor.
    • Japanese studies majors are encouraged to take area studies courses as MOL 298 and MOL 398 in order to fulfill degree requirements.
    • Students with advanced proficiency in Japanese may also have the opportunity to take regular courses in Japanese at Kansai Gaidai University.
    • All Japanese courses will be assigned JPN 298 and JPN 398 credits. A Japanese language advisor will decide how these courses will apply to the language sequence.
  2. Select the appropriate number of courses for term(s) abroad:
    • The number of courses in determined by the term speak abroad (see the tables above for details)
    • Students will take 4 language courses and 4 area studies courses over the course of the year.
  3. To see how the courses will count back at DePaul, return to the top of this page and click "DePaul Course Equivalents" or click here

Students participating in this program during the Spring of their senior year should be aware that overseas grades may not receive their degree conferral until August. While Study Abroad will do everything they can to expedite the process, we usually do not receive the overseas transcripts early enough for a June graduation conferral.

Students interested in a language major or minor should review this degree progress video and contact the Department of Modern Languages advisor to verify how the courses through this program could potentially satisfy language major or minor requirements.

Visit the Modern Language Option page for more information on how you can substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.


Students live with Japanese host families during their stay. This will provide students with an environment to not only improve their Japanese language skills, but to also better understand the daily life, values and customs of the Japanese people. Breakfasts and dinners are provided by the host families.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the student's regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students on the Osaka program DO need a visa. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Contact program alumni to learn about the student experience:
Name Email Term Attended
Willam Katauskas Fall 2019
Tue Pham Fall 2019
Sarah Labarbera Fall 2018

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA