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  • Locations: Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan;
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Foreign Language, Foreign Language - Japanese, Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts - International Studies
Academic College: College of Liberal Arts Academic Department: Liberal Arts
Minimum GPA:
Program Advisor:
Bianca Cusimano, George Adams
Housing: Dormitory
Open to non-majors:
Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
Kwansei Gakuin University

Founded in 1889, Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) maintains academic standards that rank among the highest of all Japanese universities and colleges. With 35 different disciplines of study, there is something for all of the approximately 20,000 students and 400 foreign students. The university also offers a variety of student clubs and activities for exchange students to participate in.


Kwansei Gakuin University is located in the city of Kansai within the Hyogo Prefecture, Japan’s second largest urban region following the Tokyo metropolitan area. The Kwansei region is close to the major cultural and urban centers of Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Shiga and Wakayama and is home to ancient capitals and rich in historic architecture and cultural assets designated as national treasures, making the region ideal for learning about Japanese culture. The university consists of six campuses. The Nishinomiya Uegahara campus is located in the city of Nishinomiya, situated between the Osaka and Kobe. It is home to the Japan and East Asia Studies Program.
Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is limited to students in the College of Liberal Arts
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester (September-January)
  • Spring Semester (April-July)
  • Academic year (September-July)


All exchange students to Kwansei Gakuin University are enrolled in the Japan & East Asia Studies Program. This program allows students to hone their Japanese language skills as well as study Chines and Korean at a basic level and learn about the cultures and societies in Japan, China and Korea. Japanese language classes are all taught in Japanese, however, the Japanese, Chinese and Korean area studies courses are taught in English. Between 10-16 credits on the JEASP is considered a full credit load, but you are able to take additional classes if you desire. At the beginning of each semester, students take a language placement test to gauge their abilities to be placed in the proper class level. For a listing of potential courses offered while at the Japan & East Asia Studies Program, refer to pages 8-19 in the brochure linked above or the course syllabi from previous semesters.

Kwansei Gakuin University guarantees accommodations to incoming exchange students. This will mainly be in dormitories; however, homestay is also an option. Students that stay in a dormitory will be responsible for utility bills and all meals. While living with a host family, students are provided with breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday and three meals on Saturday, Sunday and Japanese national holidays. Additionally, students are given their own private bedroom furnished with bedding, wardrobe, desk, chair and heater.

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
 Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees $5,000
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
Accommodations $2,500
International Airfare $2,000
Meals $600
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $1,500
Personal Spending $2,400+
Texas A&M Semester Cost Comparison $13,726+

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.

Helpful Links

Kwansei Gakiun University Homepage
Kwansei Gakiun University TAMU 2012 Exchange Student Blog
Kwansei Gakiun University Exchange Student webpage
Kwansei Gakiun University Japan and East Asia Studies Program
Kwansei Gakiun University Japan and East Asia Studies Program Brochure
Kwansei Gakiun University Japan and East Asia Studies Program Course Syllabi
Kwansei Gakiun University Exchange Factsheet
Kwansei Gakiun University Exchange Student Experience Videos
Kwansei Gakiun University Campus Guide
Kwansei Gakiun University Student Activities and Organizations
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Japan Travel Guide
Kansai, Japan Travel Guide
Currency Converter


Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student


For detailed information about the exchange program at Kwansei Gakuin University, students should contact George Adams in the International Studies Department within the College of Liberal Arts

For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, please contact Bianca Cusimano.


This program is currently not accepting applications.