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Business and Asian Studies in Japan

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Student in Japan

Austin Slater studies in Hirakata, Japan.

This program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester.

Course Offerings: Japanese language; Business; Economics; International Business; Marketing; International Studies; History; Sociology; Women's Studies; Communications; Theology; Philosophy; Psychology; Literature;  Studio Art
Download Course Offerings sheet (.pdf)
Dates: September - December or February - May
Location:  Hirakata, Japan
Price: $13,710 (tentative)
Financial Aid:  Eligible students can use their entire SAU financial aid package (excluding work study grants) for one semester.

Program description

The Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University has two main components: a rigorous Japanese language program offered in the morning and a wide variety of courses in Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences offered in the afternoon. Course offerings range from topics on traditional culture to the management policies of leading Japanese companies to studio art courses. This variety affords students the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of Japan, as well as other East Asian nations.

Program highlights

  • Conveniently located within an hour of both Osaka and Kyoto
  • All courses taught in English (except Japanese language courses)
  • No Japanese language experience required
  • Home-stay and dormitory options
  • Orientation Program
  • Field trips, guest speakers and group projects
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Friendship programs with Japanese students

What is included
  • SAU zone tuition (12-18 credits)
  • International Health Insurance

What is not included
  • Passport
  • Airfare
  • Housing (approximately $2,400 - $3,000 paid directly to Kansai Gaidai)
  • Meals
  • Books
  • Personal expenses and spending money

Application deadlines

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1

How to apply

Complete the online application and submit your $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education by April 1 (Fall applicants) or October 1 (Spring applicants).

  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • The application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after April1/October 1.

Payment details

  • $500 application deposit due by April 1/October 1 application deadline.
  • Remaining balance due by August 20 (Fall applicants) or December 20 (Spring applicants).
  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • Please submit your final payment directly to Student Account Services.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after August 20/December 20 payment deadline.