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Kansai Gaidai University
関西外国語大学

Main Entrance, Nakamiya campus
Type Private
Faculty 295
Students 15,000
Postgraduates 45
Other students 700 (in Asian Studies program)[1]
Location Hirakata, Osaka, Japan
Website kansaigaidai.ac.jp

Kansai Gaidai University (関西外国語大学 Kansai Gaikokugo Daigaku ?), almost always abbreviated Kansai Gaidai (関西外大), is located in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan. It is a private university focusing on foreign language studies. Kansai is the proper name of the large region where it is located, which includes the cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Gaidai is a contraction of Gaikokugo Daigaku, which literally means "foreign language university". Gaidai is part of Kansai Science City.

Kansai Gaidai is known for its large Asian Studies program for international exchange students as well as for its Intensive English Studies program for Japanese students planning to study abroad. There are currently two academic campuses: the Nakamiya Campus and the Hotani Campus (穂谷キャンパス). The original Katahoko campus consisted of four dormitories and a gymnasium. Currently, there are about 15,000 students enrolled.

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Background

The original Katahoko campus was founded in 1945 as an English Language School. Today, the Katahoko campus (片鉾キャンパス) has been converted into a public park. The Hotani Campus was established in 1984 and currently houses the Department of International Communication. The Nakamiya campus (中宮キャンパス) opened in April 2002, and now operates as the main campus of the university.

Asian Studies Program

The Asian Studies Program is located in the Center for International Education at the Nakamiya Campus. Students from all over the world and with various majors participate in this program which is one of the largest in the area. An integral part of the program is the Speaking Partners Program which pairs incoming foreign exchange students with a local Kansai Gaidai student who helps with the adjustment of living in Japan. The Speaking Partners Program has been incredibly successful creating lasting friendships and enhancing the exchange experience. However, due to the popularity of the program, local students are only permitted to be a Speaking Partner once during their university careers.
Another important part of the exchange program is the home stay program which places an extremely limited number of students with local families to provide an immersive Japanese cultural and societal experience. For those students who were unable to get a spot in the home stay program, the school offers a home visit program which pairs a foreign exchange student with a family so that the student may visit them and participate in families activities usually weekly or as determined by the student and the family.

Housing

Accommodation for foreign exchange students are located in the Seminar Houses. Numbered 1 through 4, each house is located around the Katahoko Library and a 20-minute walk away from the Nakamiya Campus. Seminar Houses 1, 2 and 4 are dormitory style with usually two students to a room with entire dormitory shared facilities. While Seminar House 3 is an apartment style dormitory with students sharing common living quarters and kitchens while sleeping in 4 separate rooms. Seminar House 4 is the newest and largest of the Seminar Houses and is wheelchair accessible.
There is a strict zero tolerance policy against alcohol consumption in Seminar Houses, although during fall 2008 semester, Seminar House 4 was the location of a pilot project for reasonable and controlled consumption of alcohol within the Seminar House. Results of the pilot project have not announced nor published although this project did not continue to the spring 2009 semester.

References

  1. ^ Asian Studies Program - Kansai Gaidai / Facts about the University

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