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To International Students Wishing to Study at Graduate Schools of Kansai University

To International Students Wishing to Study at Graduate Schools of Kansai University

Kansai University has four campuses (Senriyama, Takatsuki, Takatsuki Muse and Sakai) in Osaka, a prefecture with a rich history and tradition.
The total number of students enrolled in Kansai University’s 13 graduate schools (law, letters, economics, commerce, sociology, informatics, science and engineering, foreign language education and research, psychology, safety sciences, East Asian cultures, governance and health and well-being), and three professional graduate schools (law, accountancy and professional clinical psychology) is approximately 1,800, approximately 400 of whom are international students.
The number of international students studying at Kansai University is increasing year by year. We are producing many excellent students who have studied Japanese culture and have completed academic programs in Japan.
At graduate schools of Kansai University, two systems are available: the system for “regular international students,” who take regular courses in order to earn degrees; and the system for “foreign research students,” who can receive research instruction from instructors for one year, in principle. Selecting the appropriate style that will accommodate your needs, why not study at a graduate school of Kansai University?

International Students and Foreign Research Students

International Students

“International students” are regular students of graduate schools of Kansai University. If such a student has studied for the period designated by their graduate school, has earned the designated number or more of credits, has received necessary research instruction, and then has passed their thesis review and examinations, a master’s degree for a Master’s Degree Program, or a Ph.D degree for a Ph.D Degree Program will be awarded.
If you want to study as a international student, you need to take and pass the entrance examination (document screening, paper examination, and oral examination) for the graduate school of your choice.

Foreign Research Students

“Foreign research students” are not regular students of graduate schools of Kansai University. However, such students can attend lectures of a few subjects provided by the graduate school of their choice. Foreign research students are accepted twice a year: in April and September.
Foreign research students can receive instruction at their graduate schools for one year, in principle. (In some cases, the period can be extended, depending on approval by their instructors and graduate schools.)
Foreign research students can receive benefits equivalent to those offered to regular students of Kansai University’s master’s program, such as using the university’s libraries and receiving support to copy research documents. However, the use of research facilities is allowed, only if it will not hinder research activities by regular students of graduate schools of Kansai University.
If you want to receive instruction as a foreign research student, you need to take and pass the screening (document screening and oral examination) of the graduate school of your choice.
If you have already been selected as a recipient of a Japanese government scholarship or an equivalent scholarship, you may be exempted from an oral examination.

Japanese Proficiency

At graduate schools of Kansai University, almost all the lectures for international students and foreign research students are provided in Japanese. In this regard, you need not only general Japanese proficiency, which you may have acquired for general purposes, but also academic Japanese proficiency necessary to study at graduate school regardless of academic field, and Japanese proficiency needed in each academic field.

Overview of Entrance Examination

  • ・International Students
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  • ・Tuition and Fees
  • ・Living in Japan
  • ・Foreign Research Students
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  • ・Support for Obtaining Visa