Kwansei Gakuin University – Osaka, Japan

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Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) is an independent institution for higher education, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees in over 35 different disciplines to a student body of approximately 24,700. Founded in 1889, the university maintains academic standards that rank among the highest of all Japanese universities and colleges. KGU places a large emphasis on producing ‘global citizens’, and in 2014 was selected by the Japanese government as one of 37 out of a total of 800 universities nationwide to receive funding under the Top Global University Project.

More information about KGU exchange programmes can be found here.

Programmes of study

KGU offers ‘The Contemporary Japan Program’ which is specially designed for incoming exchange students to Kwansei Gakuin University. Exchange students are offered a choice between two study tracks that will define the main focus of their time at KGU, the “Japanese Language Track” and the “Modern Japan Track”. Exchange students are also able to select elective courses to learn more about “Contemporary Japan” from a variety of aspects such as language, culture, society, economy, and politics. Please note that eligible DMU students from all Faculties can choose to study at KGU (subject to Programme Leader approval).

An overview of exchange programme can be found below…

Campus activities and events

At KGU, A mandatory orientation of approximately one week will be held at the beginning of each semester, introducing new students to life in Japan and information on KGU. In addition, Acting as language partners for the JLT exchange student’s first semester, KGU student volunteers will assist exchange students in practicing Japanese conversation. Exchange students who are enrolled in the Japanese Language Track will have a Nihongo Partner.

On-campus there is also the GS Network is an official student group endorsed by CIEC, supporting exchange students during their stay in Japan. They also plan cultural exchange activities for both exchange students and KGU students over the course of the year.

More broadly a range of extra-curricular opportunities are offered and Exchange students are encouraged to join KGU student groups to enrich their study experience in Japan. There are over 150 cultural and sports clubs and “circles” on campus. A circle is a group of students who share a common interest in an activity and gather periodically to explore this interest together. Clubs tend to require more commitment than circles do, and are often the equivalent to university level team sports. Exchange students should be aware that they may not be able to join certain clubs/circles due to the length of their exchange.


It is recommended that you purchase your flights to Osaka once you have your Letter of Acceptance and the required documents to enter Japan such as: passport and visa. Students are recommended to book flights to Kansai International Aiport.


It is recommend that all exchange students should live on campus because you will be able to build social networks and integrate into the KGU student community. Students are recommended to appy to live in the on-campus dorm, but also have the option to apply for a homestay with a Japanese family. Dorm rooms cost between £270-380 per month (excluding meals and utilities)

Contact details

Visa information

To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that meet Japanese entry requirements. Further visa information will be provided to all accepted students.

Insurance information

DMU insurance is not sufficient for studying on exchange in Japan, and students are required to purchase emergency medical insurance while attending KGU and may be required to complete health assessments prior to arrival. .

Fees and costs

Whilst studying at KGU, you don’t need to pay any tuition fees. You will be required to pay for accommodation, meals, insurance and books.

Key Information

  • Departure date: September 2020
  • Return date: June 2020
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £800 (50% of the bursary will be paid after completion of the 1st term)
  • Deadline for application: Monday 20 January 2020 9am