Kansai University

  • Osaka
  • Private institution
  • Address
  • 3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Suita-shi, Osaka, 564-8680
  • Contact
  • Public Relations Division
  • TEL: 06-6368-1121
  • Opening
  • 1886
  • Total number of students
  • 30,766 (709 from overseas) as of 2017
  • Fee
  • Admission fee: ¥260,000 for 2017
  • Tuition fee: ¥850,000 - ¥1,374,000 for 2017
  • Other: ¥27,000 for 2017

Facilities and support programs for international students

  • Scholarships for International Students
  • There is a scholarship program for international students who demonstrate excellence academically and in character. Kansai University and other organizations also offer scholarships to select students in need of financial support.
  • Tuition Fee Exemption Program
  • A portion of tuition fees will be partially reduced to lessen the financial burden on international students and enable them to concentrate on their studies. The amount of the fees will be decided after enrollment.
  • Dormitories and Housing
  • Kansai University provides four dormitories available for international students. We can introduce an agency to help you find your accommodation. For further information please visit our website.
  • Mi-Room (Multilingual Immersion Room)
  • This international space is aiming to support KU students in achieving their dreams--studying abroad, working in an international environment, or pursuing their education further. Visiting this space will add a great opportunity as a part of their campus life in Kansai University.
  • Support for International Students
  • Kansai University organizes many activities for mutual exchanges with international students, Japanese students and residents throughout the year. Our International Society can help international students settle in to a new life in Japan.
  • International Students Society
  • The International Students Society at Kansai University organizes events such as an annual trip for international students to help them make friends and settle into life in Japan.

Envisioning the future, and embracing the challenge

Kansai University is located in the historical city of Osaka. Established in 1886, Kansai University's educational philosophy is based on the notion of "practical academia" through a balance of scholastic theory and real-world application.

The university has 13 faculties: Law, Letters, Economics, Business and Commerce, Sociology, Policy Studies, Foreign Language Studies, Health and Well-being, Informatics, Societal Safety Sciences, Engineering Science, Environmental and Urban Engineering, and Chemistry, Materials and Bioengineering. The university also has 13 graduate schools for the various faculties, in addition to the School of Law, School of Accountancy, and the Graduate School of Professional Clinical Psychology. Three high schools, three junior high schools, an elementary school and a kindergarten are also affiliated with the university, making it a truly comprehensive educational institution.

Kansai University boasts state-of-the-art educational and research facilities at the urban campuses in Senriyama, Takatsuki, Takatsuki Muse and Sakai.

We offer many programs for prospective international students who wish to enter the university as an undergraduate student to pursue a bachelor's degree, international exchange students from our many partner universities around the world, and students who wish to study at graduate level.

Numerous international students currently study at Kansai University. As their number increases each year, we are fostering an extensive network of excellence around the world with former students who are knowledgeable in Japanese culture and academia.

Kansai University provides counseling and financial aid, and facilitates student-student interaction and activities to ensure that our international students lead fulfilling lives during their studies.

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Encouraging and empowering Japanese elementary school teachers

Graduate School of Foreign Language Education and Research

I am from a city near Miami, Florida. I came to Japan through the JET program 11 years ago, and had worked as an English teacher for the first three years in Osaka, then for two years in a small village in Nara. When I moved to the village, the residents welcomed me because I was the only English teacher there. During my stay in the village, I had such an immersive experience that my Japanese skill improved rapidly through communicating with people there.

One of my former students in Osaka received his master's degree at the Kansai University. He recommended that I study interpretation and translation at the graduate school in Kansai University when he saw me interpreting, so I decided to apply. Now I research under professor Someya, a specialist of interpretation and translation research. After graduation, I want to keep pursuing research to examine possible applications for consecutive interpreting note-taking skills to Japanese and English educational methods.

Nowadays English is becoming a prerequisite subject at the elementary school level, requiring Japanese teachers to lead classes in English. However, a recent survey shows that these teachers' working hours approach the karoshi borderline. Under the current educational circumstances, all Japanese teachers are facing a very difficult situation, and it may be unrealistic to expect experienced teachers to reach high English proficiency levels. For current elementary school teachers, I believe that they should concentrate on learning the English necessary to instruct classes. I advise teachers to have confidence when leading the class in English and not to hold themselves too strictly to a native model of English; a desire to speak "perfect" English may hold teachers back from sharing their academic understanding of English with the students. I hope my research provides encouragement and empowerment to Japanese elementary school teachers.

Kansai University cooperates with renowned scholars all over the world to make international contributions to academic fields, such as my own field of foreign language education. Professors toil diligently in their research and so deserve their reputations, but they are easy to approach, kind, and facilitate research tremendously. The campus offers a beautiful view of each of the four seasons of Osaka, as well as providing the proper facilities for research. I highly recommend Kansai University if you are considering studying abroad.

Departments and Faculties

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