Message from Dean, Division of International Affairs

As Japanese society becomes more connected to global society, understanding and respecting diverse cultures, languages and people is essential especially for the younger generation. It is important for Kansai University to foster human resources with specialized knowledge and technology skills, language proficiency, practical communication competence, problem-finding and solving capabilities, and adaptability to an intercultural environment.

Through "Globalizing Kandai" initiatives undertaken in 2004, and "Kansai University Global Initiatives" in 2010, Kansai University has achieved promising results. Vibrant student and researcher exchange programs with universities all over the world have been initiated with the support of all of our faculties and graduate schools. Our language education programs have also been continually improved, and more and more students are demonstrating a high level of linguistic proficiency and confidence.

One of our university mottos is "gaku no jitsuge (学の実化)." This roughly translates as "harmony between academia and society," and it was promoted by Juntaro Yamaoka-one of our early presidents who rejuvenated Kansai University during the early part of the twentieth century. Education, research and social contribution are conducted under this driving principle at Kansai University. Now is time to realize this philosophy from a global point of view as well.

It is our intention to further accelerate the internalization of our university. To this end, Kansai University is introducing what we call the Intercultural Immersion Initiatives (Triple I). Our campuses offer many opportunities and activities for students and faculty to immerse themselves in various languages and cultures. Moreover, we are providing and increasing number of groundbreaking international programs promoting student mobility with our partner universities, language courses, and other enterprises. For example, the Kansai University Global Frontier curriculum provides both Japanese and international students the opportunity to study content courses in various fields in English. We also offer courses using interactive online collaboration with students at foreign universities. The Kansai University Collaborative Online International Learning subjects are taught in our newly established Multilingual Immersion Room. Through these programs, students can engage themselves in an intercultural environment inside the university.

I am convinced that the Triple I initiatives will be hugely successful. Japanese and international students benefit greatly through studying together, and we are confident that we are nurturing a generation of motivated global leaders with high aspirations.

It is our mission at Kansai University to contribute to a sustainable global society. We appreciate your cooperation and support.

About Division of International Affairs

Division of International Affairs’ Location, Opening Hours and Activities


2nd Floor, Building 1, School 2


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday

  • Promotion of exchange and execution of agreements with overseas universities
  • Dispatch of Kansai University researchers to overseas universities and acceptance of overseas researchers to Kansai University
  • Dispatch and acceptance of exchange students based on partnership agreements
  • Dispatch of approved students, and dispatch of approved students to Providence University
  • Setup of recommended school for approved students (midterm foreign language training) and taking care of admission procedures
  • Implementation of overseas language seminars and short-term programs
  • Consultation for studying abroad
  • Provision of information on studying abroad and school events via websites, university handbooks, etc.
  • Services relating to acceptance of foreign students
  • Planning and carrying out of various events and introduction of exchange events hosted by outside organizations
  • Issuance of Division of International Affairs newsletter A Tiny Ripple
  • Implementation of Japanese Language and Culture Program
  • COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Support

Center for International Education and Japan-EU Research Center

The following two centers have been set up by the Division of International Affairs as bases for international education and research.

Center for International Education

The Center for International Education provides education services to international students on studying the Japanese language or conducting research in Japan and to Japanese students on studying abroad before and after their stay abroad.

Japan-EU Research Center

The Japan-EU Research Center has been established for the purposes of promoting studies on Japan and the EU, facilitating collaborative research and academic exchange for studies on Japan and the EU, and introducing Japanese culture to EU countries.

Division of International Affairs Administration

  • Yutaka Maeda

    Dean, Division of International Affairs
    Vice President
    Professor, Faculty of Engineering Science

  • Eiichi Yamamoto

    Vice Dean, Division of International Affairs
    Director, Center for International Education
    Professor, Division of International Affairs

  • Kikuko Kashiwagi

    Vice-Dean, Division of International Affairs (International Research and Cooperation)
    Director, Japan-EU Research Center
    Professor, Faculty of Foreign Language Studies

Office Staff, Full-time Professorial Staff

To answer questions and provide consultation for exchange students

Professor Eiichi Yamamoto

Prof. Yamamoto studied English linguistics at Osaka University of Foreign Studies. He has taught English to undergraduate students and linguistics (especially pragmatics) to graduate students for more than 30 years. He was granted government funding to conduct the "Education GP" project for three years (2008 – 2010). Since then, he has been providing support for prospective students on studying abroad. In the project’s archive, there are more than 200 digital materials for students both within and outside the University to study. He hopes to enable as many students as possible to have cross-cultural experiences and to improve their language skills, making good use of his experience.

To answer questions and provide consultation for exchange students

Professor Keiko Ikeda

After over ten years of living in the United States and Canada, Prof. Ikeda has finally returned to her hometown, Osaka. During her time overseas, she encountered any number of exchange students at the secondary, tertiary and postgraduate levels. She believes that the purpose of overseas study is not merely to get to know the people of and learn about the country where they have gone to study but to have international exchange with those who have also come to study there from all over the world. Language is a tool for them to have rich intercultural communication during their study abroad. She hopes that she can assist everybody at Kansai University in realizing such an experience.

To answer questions and provide consultation for exchange students

Professor Alexander Bennett

Prof. Bennett came to Japan as a secondary school student, and then as an undergraduate student. He developed a keen interest in the traditional martial art of kendo. Through training diligently in this art over many years, he has gained unique insights into Japanese customs, history, and society, and the Japanese language. His motto, "If you don’t sweat in your youth, you will weep in your old age," was passed on to him by his kendo teacher, and has guided him through life in Japan as a non-Japanese. He believes that life goes by far too quickly, and encourages students to seize the moment with a "pioneering spirit," to have "no fear of failure," and to "give it their all." In other words, "sweat in your youth."

For questions and consultation about international cooperation

Professor Toshihiro Sawayama

For international cooperation and to make a contribution at the international level, "learning" is obligatory. By "learning," Prof. Sawayama means the combination of theory with actual accomplishments. The Division of International Affairs offers a wide variety of classes, and opportunities for domestic and international volunteer work. This is not simply for solving global issues, such as the eradication of poverty and environmental problems, but also includes problems Japan faces, such as multiculturalism and an aging population. All of these problems require participation and planning by enthusiastic people with a "cool head, but warm heart."

For questions and consultation about Japanese language learning

Associate Professor Tomoki Furukawa

Having studied Japanese language education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, he has worked in this field at various educational institutions, including local Japanese community centers, Japanese private language schools, and Japanese and Chinese universities. He has met many foreign students, and while it may be somewhat of a cliché, he feels that if students have clear goals, feel positive towards their current environment and circumstances, and enjoy studying abroad, there is a higher possibility of learning. "Failure is the foundation of success." It is his wish that students not be afraid or embarrassed, but rather that they take the initiative and be proactive. He will do all he can to support students so that they can be successful in their "study abroad."

Division of International Affairs Professorial Staff Office Hours

Office hours are periods of time set aside by the teaching staff of the Division of International Affairs for students to come with questions or to seek consultation. The teaching staff can also provide individual guidance during the times allotted.
It is not necessary to schedule an appointment during office hours. However, please reserve by 2 days before about office hours of Prof.Sawayama.
Office hours are opportunities specifically for the students to interact with the professorial staff on an informal yet productive basis.

  • Prof. Eiichi YamamotoTuesday 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Division of International Affairs Office)
  • Prof. Keiko IkedaMonday 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Division of International Affairs Office)
  • Prof. Alexander BennettThursday 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Researchers Office 7F private room)
  • Prof. Toshihiro SawayamaThursday 12:10 a.m. – 14:30 p.m. (Researchers Office 2F)
  • Associate Prof. Tomoki FurukawaThursday 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Division of International Affairs Office)
    Note: International students only

Exchange Room

The Division of International Affairs has a designated room in which international students and Japanese students can meet and interact. There are a bulletin board with announcements posted by a variety of exchange organizations, a small library containing international newspapers (Japanese, English) and magazines, a television, a video player, and a computer, all available for student use. There is also an international exchange conversation group run by the international students. Interaction between Japanese students and international students will lead to mutual understanding of public morals and life customs as well as experiences of each other’s cultures.

Multi-purpose Room

This room can be used for a variety of functions, such as meetings, orientation seminars for exchange programs, language courses, explanatory sessions for students leaving on exchange programs, and exchange student meetings.

Minami-Senri International Plaza and Minami-Senri International Dormitory

The Division of International Affairs handles the operation of Minami-Senri International Plaza, in which a dormitory for international students and educational facilities for the Japanese Language and Culture Program Preparatory Course (Bekka) are housed together, and Minami-Senri International Dormitory.
In the Japanese Language and Culture Program Preparatory Course, many prospective students study the Japanese language in order to study in undergraduate and graduate courses in Japan, including those at Kansai University, in the future. In dormitories, Japanese and international students at Kansai University live together and actively interact with each other.