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Kansai Gaidai Academics

To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good standing (academic, financial and conduct) and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. Students must be at a sophomore level by the time of the program start. Kansai Gaidai, however, does prefer that students have at least 2 years of college level coursework completed by the time of the program. Previous Japanese language study is strongly recommended, but not necessary. Students who do have prior Japanese language do seem to get more out of the program.

Japanese Courses:

Four courses, including Japanese, are the minimum required semester load. You may register for a maximum of five courses. Serious students of Japanese should strongly consider taking a Kanji and Readings course in conjunction with their Japanese course.

All students are required to take the appropriate level of Japanese for 5 credits, which will come back to UWEC at the appropriate Japanese language level. Students can also take the elective courses of Kanji and Readings for 3 credits, which will come back as elective credit.

Asian Studies Courses:
There is also a choice of Asian Studies courses taught in English. These classes change frequently. For a complete and up to date course listing, please visit the Kansai Gaidai website

Sample course offerings are listed below. All classes are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Japanese (6 level offerings; 5 credits) 

Kanji and Reading Japanese (6 levels)

Asian Economic Integration & Globalization

Political Economies of East Asia

Intercultural Business Communication/Japan

Japan and its World to 1860

Culture and Everyday Life in Japan

Cross-Cultural Psychology

Survey of Japanese Art

The Dynamics of Modern Japan

Religion in Japan

Zed Buddhism

Japanese Popular Media and Culture

Kansai also offers studio art courses which are three credits each:

Basic Ceramic Techniques
Intermediate Ceramic Techniques
Advanced Ceramic Techniques
Japanese Brush Painting
Advanced Sumi-e (continuation of Japanese brush painting)

For more information about how specific Kansai Gaidai courses have transferred back to UW-Eau Claire, go to:

  • Choose Japan, then click "Search"
  • Select Kansai Gaidai Univ
  • Do not enter anything, then click "Search". All Kansai Gaidai courses that have been evaluated for UWEC credit will appear in alphabetical order by the Kansai Gaidai "School Course Title."
  • If the Kansai Gaidai course does not appear on the list, it has not yet been evaluated for UWEC credit. 

Please keep in mind that this is a historical record of past course equivalencies. There is no guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future, or that they will be offered during the term in which you are abroad.

For students in catalog years through 2015-2016, this program fulfills the Foreign Culture requirement upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of the program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details.)

For students in catalog years 2016 and later, this program can fulfill an integrated learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments.  Email  for details.

The program runs for a semester or a full academic year. The fall semester begins the last week of August and ends in the middle of December. The spring semester begins the last week of January and concludes around the end of May. Exact dates will be available the semester prior to departure. 

updated 7/12/16/cc

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