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For International Students Wishing to Study at Graduate Schools of Kansai University
Kansai University has 4 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, Business and Commerce, Sociology, Informatics, Science and Engineering, Foreign Language Education and Research, Psychology, Societal Safety Sciences, East Asian Cultures, Governance, Health and Well-being), and 2 professional graduate schools (Law, Accountancy) 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 talents who have studied Japanese culture and have completed academic programs at our university. And they are playing important role worldwide.
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” 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.
For more details, please check the Application Guidelines of the graduate school.
In Kansai University's graduate programs, most of the instruction is provided in Japanese.
Therefore, it is important for students to have a command of general Japanese as well as being proficient in academic Japanese essential for learning at any level of higher education in Japan, and also be familiar with the special terminology associated with the subjects they wish to study.
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: 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 selection 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.
For more details, please check the Application Information for Foreign Research Students.
Unlike regular graduate students, participants in this year-long program are allowed to audit several courses available from the School of their choice without taking degree.
Since most of the courses offered are taught entirely in Japanese, in addition to having a command of general Japanese, also participants are expected to be proficient in academic Japanese essential for learning at any level of higher education in Japan, and be familiar with the special terminology associated with their field of study.
Concurrent Admission Application
It is possible to apply for “International Students Entrance Examination(Master Degree Program)” and “Foreign Research Students Selection Examination” at the same time.
Eligibility and admissions requirements for “International Students Entrance Examination(Master Degree Program)” and “Foreign Research Students Selection Examination” are different and require separate application documents. If you would like to apply for “International Students Entrance Examination(Master Degree Program)” and “Foreign Research Students Selection Examination” simultaneously, please refer to the Application Guidelines for both for full details.
If you wish to apply for “International Students Entrance Examination(Master Degree Program)” and “Foreign Research Students Selection Examination” simultaneously:
|Application Fee and Selection Fee||You will only be responsible for paying the Application Fee (35,000 JPY) and will be exempt from the Selection Fee (14,000 JPY).|
|Submission of Application Documents||Please submit both sets of application documents in the same envelope.|
Applicants for “International Students Entrance Examination(Master Degree Program)” must undergo the document screening, take both a written and oral examination. Document selection and an oral examination is required for the applicants for “Foreign Research Students Selection Examination”. If you wish to apply for both simultaneously, an oral examination will be conducted only once during screening.
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.
Application Information for Foreign Research Students
The Application Guidelines for Foreign Research Students only has Japanese Version.
About the application information for Foreign Research Students, please check here for full details.
Application Information of Admissions for International Students
About the Application Information of Admissions for International Students, please check here for full details.
Guide Book For International Students
About the Guide Book For International Students, please check here for full details.
Support for Obtaining Visa
Upon request, Kansai University provides support for those living overseas to obtain a visa in order to visit Japan for the purpose of taking an entrance examination for Kansai University and enrolling in the university.
Support for Those Visiting Japan to Take Examination
When going to Japan for the examination, the type of visa is irrelevant. Please apply the visa by yourself.
We support for those who are not be issued a short-term stay visa.
For full information, please check here.
Support for Those Visiting Japan to Enroll in Kansai University and
Wishing to Obtain College Student Visa
Upon request, if you live in a foreign country and are scheduled to enroll in a graduate school of Kansai University, we will provide the support to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility for Resident Status, which is necessary to obtain a College Student Visa.
While accessing to the web entry system, there is a column asking whether you are going to reply for a Certificate of Eligibility for Resident Status or not. Please choose yes if you are going to take the examination and need the support.
For full information, please check here.