Kwansei Gakuin University

  • Hyogo
  • Private institution
  • Address
  • 1-155 Uegahara, 1-bancho, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 662-8501
  • Opening
  • 1889
  • Total number of students
  • 23,498 (723 from overseas) as of 2016
  • Fee
  • Admission fee: ¥200,000 for 2017
  • Tuition fee: ¥777,000 - 1,177,700 for 2017
  • Other: ¥182,000 - 416,000 for 2017

Facilities and support programs for international students

Cultivating Creative, Compassionate and Capable World Citizens

Located in Nishinomiya City, near Osaka and Kyoto, Kwansei Gakuin University has a rich international tradition that dates back to its founding by Walter R. Lambuth, an American missionary, in 1889. The university aims to develop students into global leaders with initiatives such as KGU's partnership agreement with United Nations Volunteers, the first of its kind in Asia.

KGU has 11 undergraduate humanities and science departments, several of which offer programs where English is the medium of instruction, including the Asian Studies course at the School of International Studies and the International Management MBA course at the School of Business Administration. In addition, KGU has 14 graduate courses, some of which are offered in English, such as the International Masters Program at the Graduate School of Science and Technology, one of Japan's top research centers.

The university is famous in Japan for its clubs and athletics - the glee club is the oldest boys' choir in Japan, and the Kwansei Gakuin Fighters are the most successful team in Japanese college football history, with 28 national championships.

A Message From the President

Osamu Murata

Osamu Murata, President

Dr. C. J. L. Bates, the fourth chancellor of Kwansei Gakuin, told his students that "We do not desire to be weaklings. We aim to be strong, to be masters," urging them to develop strength within themselves; not just for their own sakes, but for all humanity. So, what should you do to develop this strength during your college days?

First, you must become able to recognize problems. To do this, you need to have your own standards. In other words, you should have a personal perspective. Learning at university prepares you to form a viewpoint of your own.

Second, you must master the basics that will enable you to continue learning after graduation. Rapid changes are taking place in the world, and what you learn at university could soon become obsolete. To that end, it is vital for you to acquire scientific thinking skills by conducting research in your chosen field.

To do these two things, you need persistent learning and constant practice, and these require a great deal of effort and patience. I hope that through relentless learning and practice, you will grow into world citizens who embody our school motto "Mastery for Service."

Departments and Faculties

  • School of Humanities
  • Culture and History
  • Integrated Psychological Sciences
  • Literature and Linguistics
  • [Masters Programs] Culture and History
  • Integrated Psychological Sciences
  • Literature and Linguistics
  • [Doctoral Programs] Culture and History
  • Integrated Psychological Sciences
  • Literature and Linguistics
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  • School of Science and Technology
  • Mathematical Science/Physics
  • Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy
  • Chemistry/Applied Chemistry for the Environment/Bioscience
  • Biomedical Science/Informatics/Human System Interaction
  • [Masters and Doctoral Programs] Mathematical Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Bioscience
  • Informatics
  • Human System Interaction
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