KANSAI UNIVERSITY

International Exchange on Campus!

Kansai University provides students with opportunities for international exchange activities as indicated below.

Meet international students from various countries/regions or aspiring students who wish to study abroad or play an active role in global society in the future, on the Kansai University campus.

1.Mi-Room(Multilingual Immersion Room)

The Mi-Room(Multilingual Immersion Room)is a study space where you can experience cross-cultural communication and incorporate activity opportunities in many languages into your campus life. Teachers and GTAs (Global Teaching Assistants) conduct various sessions every day to improve your language proficiency. There is no fee to participate. Everyone is welcome regardless of the language level. Every session is highly recommended for all students who aim to study abroad and want to brush-up own language proficiency. In 2017, non-English sessions are added. You can learn not only languages but also various cultures in those sessions.

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2. International Exchange Activities

The Division of International Affairs holds various activities through the year, including multi-cultural seminars, for all international students and Japanese students and people from the local community so that they can interact with each other.

3.Global Buddy Program

Why don’t you become a buddy of international students from all over the world?

In GBP, KU students become a buddy of international students, help them get rid of their worries for Japanese customs, making new friends, and support them to adapt to a new life as smoothly as possible. Those who will be participating in the GBP, this program is aimed to acquire international awareness while living a fulfilling university life through communication with international students.

GBP participants will make a group with international students as well as other KU students, and start communicating before arrival of international students.
After arrival of international students, not only can you join the welcome party for international students and events specially organized for GBP members, but also have a wide variety of global experiences in Kansai University through free group activities with GBP members and deepen friendship with them.

We recruit applicants in July and January every year.

4. International Exchange at Students Dormitories

There are two international students dormitories at Kansai University where international students and Japanese students live together: Minami-Senri International Plaza International Students Dormitory and Minami-Senri International Dormitory. International students from various countries/regions live in these dormitories. By living with them, you can experience international exchange as if you were abroad.
Moreover, resident assistants live in these dormitories to assist international students in their daily life.

5. International Exchange as International Student Supporter

There are several student groups at Kansai University that support international students. By providing help in their daily life, you can have opportunities to interact with international students.

Division of International Affairs Student Staff Members

The Division of International Affairs assistant staff members work at the Division of International Affairs office every day. They provide a variety of support services to help international students in their daily life, including assistance in management of events held by the Division of International Affairs and accompanying them in various procedures.

Activities

Assistance work for Division of International Affairs employees

Activity Period

All year (Renewable every academic year)

Application Period

Around late March (Schedule may change.)

Application Eligibility

Students who are enrolled in Kansai University (excluding Japanese Language and Culture Program Preparatory Course)

KU Bridge

KU Bridge is one of several peer communities at Kansai University, and engages in activities to offer support to international students. They plan and manage international exchange events and support international students in solving their problems at school and enjoying their campus life in Japan.

Activities

Planning and managing international exchange events

Activity Period

As needed at the time of an event

Application Period

April (Schedule may change.)

Application Eligibility

Freshman and sophomore students who are enrolled in Kansai University (excluding Japanese Language and Culture Program Preparatory Course)

International Student Association

The International Student Association is a community for and composed of international students at Kansai University. They provide opportunities to develop peer-to-peer networking among international students so that they can help each other. They hold various events for international students so that they can become accustomed to campus life in Japan.

Activities

Planning and managing events for international students

Activity Period

As needed at the time of an event

Application Period

April and October (Schedule may change.)

Application Eligibility

International students who are enrolled in Kansai University

Resident Assistants

Resident assistants assume the role of supporting international students in their daily life. They live with international students in the international student dormitories.

Activities

Support for international students in their daily life

Meeting international students, who will live in the dormitories, at the airport upon their first arrival in Japan

Assistance in the holding of orientation for new students living in the dormitories

Planning and managing events and activities in the dormitories

Activity Period

For up to two semesters

Application Period

Around mid-May (If you apply for a resident assistant starting from fall semester of the same year)
Around early December (If you apply for a resident assistant starting from spring semester of the following year)

Application Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in Kansai University (excluding non-regular students, such as auditing students or non-degree students)

Japanese Language Class Volunteers

Kansai University established Japanese Language and Culture Program Preparatory Course (Bekka) in 2012. Students who wish to study in undergraduate or graduate courses in Japan study the Japanese language intensively here. Japanese language class volunteers assist students to help improve the Japanese proficiency in the classes under the supervision of the instructor.

Activities

Assistance work in Bekka

(Assist as a native Japanese speaker in conversation role playing, discussion and project activities)

Activity Period

From mid-April to early July or from early October to late December (one semester for each)

Application Period

From mid-March to early April or from mid-July to early October

Application Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in Kansai University