Regarding a cancellation of Summer School 2021 at Kansai University

In the light of the novel COVID-19, we decided not to take place Summer School 2021 at Kansai University,
which comes with mobility. It is a huge regret for us not to able to have you on campus
this summer. We will update information for Summer School 2022 here once everything is finalized.
We very much appreciate your understanding and look forward to a day coming soon when we can have you.



Participants will study their chosen subjects in English in the 2 or 4-week programs. “Survival Japanese Language” is also available as an optional course. The total amount of classtime for each course, which includes in-class lectures, tutorials, self-study and homework, is 45 hours. Academic performance will be assessed at the end of the program, and a certificate of completion will be issued. Classes will be conducted at KU’s main campus in Senriyama giving participants opportunities to interact with Japanese students. This program is highly recommended for those who wish to study and experience Japanese language and culture at a top class university located in Osaka, historical commercial hub of Japan.



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2-Week Unit

Unit1: July 1 (Wed)- July 15 (Wed), 2020
Unit2: July 16 (Thu)- July 30 (Thu), 2020

Course Fee:JPY 175,000
*Choose either course below in your unit

4-Week Unit

Unit3: July 1 (Wed)- July 30 (Thu), 2020

Course Fee:JPY 340,000
*Choose either course below for each 2-week


Global PBL Unit1

Global PBL Unit2

  • 1. Focus on project-based learning based on a dynamic classroom approach
  • 2. Conduct team investigation and research to combat real-world problems and challenges
  • 3. Enhance your competence to work with peers in a cross-culture setting


Business for SDGs Unit1

Business for SDGs Unit1

  • 1. Consider and explore what are the targets and foreseeable progresses of SDGs
  • 2. Exploit group projects, guest lectures and field visits to be knowledgeable the goals
  • 3. Upgrade your skills to find viable and achievable solutions as well as strategies


Work-Based Learning Unit2

Work-Based Learning Unit1

  • 1. Gain work-based experience through the field study
  • 2. Cultivate your cultural literacy for Japanese business management
  • 3. Develop your skills for practical business communication in practice


Japanese Popular Culture Unit2

Japanese Popular Culture

  • 1. Tap into historical contexts and social implications behind contemporary culture
  • 2. Explore a wide variety of artistic media encompassing “Anime”
  • 3. Deepen your knowledge how Japanese culture has influenced global trends


Survival Japanese (optional course)

Survival Japanese optional course

  • 1. Step into Japanese language on the basis of this introductory course
  • 2. Learn Japanese culture and society through activities
  • 3. Understand and use everyday life conversation as well as make a short presentation



The applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at an accredited college/university/research institution outside Japan. All lectures (except “Survival Japanese Language”) are taught in English. A certain degree of English proficiency is required to understand the lectures and engage in the various activities. (TOEFL score 500 [PBT] / 61 [iBT] or equivalent is the minimal recommendation for non-native English speakers.)



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AVAILABLE FOR Unit1 (2-week unit)/Unit3 (4-week unit)



Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore and nurture a deeper knowledge of real-world problems and challenges. In this course, students will form groups to investigate various field sites in Osaka and will conduct ethnographic research projects. The groups will generate inquiries and seek to answer various questions that arise through theories of ethnography.
Students will be able to:
1) cultivate the competence to work with peers in a cross-culture setting and
2) learn how to conduct fieldwork (ethnography).
This course requires getting to know the people at the site, knowledge of social dynamics in that milieu, and an understanding of the shared meanings within the target community. Through fieldwork, students will be able to explore Osaka from a different perspective and as a result, it will foster a deeper understanding in Japan.



This course will consider and explore what the targets of the SDGs/Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are and how their progress can be measured, In addition, a historical overview of SDGs related themes and concerns will be undertaken given that the SDGs are relevant for the management of the global system as well as in Japan. The main goal of this course is to enable students to bring their academic understandings of the SDGs to practical application through the generation of a creative business plan that functions as a platform for delivering solutions and strategies to achieve the SDGs goals. While there has been a worldwide increase in interest in how to accommodate such things as “Society 5.0” consider that we must protect and sustain the planet we live on. Here, the main societal resource harnessed is not seen to be primarily technological, rather it is human beings and human action. Through various group projects, guest lectures from private sectors, and field visits in this course, students will find their own methods to be knowledgeable about SDGs, develop more innovative approaches to thinking of solutions, and develop skills in being co-creative with regard to generating future potential in business.


AVAILABLE FOR Unit2 (2-week unit)/Unit3 (4-week unit)



In this course the registered students will individually conduct a field research at an appropriate site such as in a Japanese company, a foreign company in Japan, or at other organizations (e.g., NPO) in Japan. The students will gain work-based experience through this field study. They will be able to cultivate their cultural literacy for Japanese business management, and furthermore, they will be able to develop their skills for practical business communication in practice. In the early half of the course, students will be given instructions on how to carry out a qualitative ethnographic research in a field; the students will be exposed to the methods such as participatory observation, data analysis approaches such as (critical) discourse analysis, conversation analysis, and various qualitative interpretation approaches. As a final task of this course, the students will be expected to produce a final research paper with a specific topic focus, based on the field experience. The workload hours for the field study will be determined individually, according to an agreement between each student and the hosting site.




Japan has sometimes been described as a “soft superpower,” referring to the difference between so-called hard power (usually in the form of military capability) and so-called soft power (or cultural influence). This course introduces students to the historical contexts and social implications behind contemporary popular culture in Japan. We will explore a wide variety of artistic media, ranging from manga, anime, and literature to fashion, film, and music. Of particular concern will be the way culture has developed in the postwar period and how Japanese culture has influenced global trends. Topics include Godzilla and atomic energy, Miyazaki Hayao and environmentalism, gender roles and social activism.



SURVIVAL JAPANESE LANGUAGE(available in both 2-week units)
2-week unit(Uit1 and Unit2)/4-week unit(Unit3)

Applicants for the 4-week unit must specify the language course term (cycle 1 or cycle 2) in the application form. An additional fee (JPY 18,000) will be required to enroll. The Survival Japanese Language course targets beginner students (less than 300 hours of study). Restrictions may apply to intermediate level or above due to class size limitation (priority will be given to beginners).
* The Japanese language course cannot be taken twice as content for both classes is the same.

This course is an introductory Japanese language course for students who have never learned Japanese before, or have a very basic knowledge of Japanese greetings, hiragana and katakana. Students will be taught fundamental expressions and phrases necessary to “survive” during a short stay in Japan, and will also learn Japanese culture and society through a variety of activities (e.g., Japanese cultural studies with Kansai University students). By the end of the course, students will be able to: 1) understand and use basic Japanese conversational expressions and phrases in daily life, and 2) make a short presentation using language skills developed in the course.







The instructor(s) for each course will evaluate students based on the criteria stipulated below. Letter grades (S~F) based on Kansai University rating criteria will be used to indicate the final evaluation. Assessment criteria for each course will be specified in the syllabi.

Percentage Grades
100~90 S Superior
89~80 A Excellent
79~70 B Good
69~60 C Passable
Below 59 F Fail
  • Certificates of completion will be presented at the program closing ceremony.
  • Academic transcripts will be sent via post within two weeks after the program.



Friday, April 17th, 2020
All documents must be received no later than this date.



Send the application documents to Kansai University by the deadline as an attachment file to the email address below. Confirmation of your application will be sent to you by e-mail within three days. If you do not receive any email from us by Tuesday, April 21st, 2020, please contact us immediately. There is a possibility that your application has not been received.


Application form for Kansai University Summer School 2020.
② Official certificate of enrollment issued by the university or other institution where the applicant is enrolled or affiliated.(in English)


Subject: “Summer School application“


Summer School Team
Division of International Affairs, Kansai University
3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Suita-shi, Osaka 564-8680
Tel: +81-(6)-6368-0178



Application documents will be screened and applicants will be notified of the result via e-mail by Thursday, May 7th, 2020. The guidelines for the program fee payment and other instructions will be sent to the successful applicants as well. If you do not receive notification email by Friday, May 8th, 2020, please contact us immediately.



Payment deadline: Thursday, May 21st, 2020
After we have confirmed your payment, acceptance letter will be sent to you.


2-week unit:JPY 175,000    4-week unit:JPY 340,000

Basic program fee includes

  • Tuition fees (2-week unit includes 1 main course, 4-week unit includes 2 main course)
  • Accommodation (daily commodities and utilities included)
  • Course materials
  • Facility usage fee
  • Administration fee

Basic program fee DOES NOT include

  • Overseas travel accident insurance (reference: #9)
  • Airfare tickets
  • Transportation costs in Japan
  • Optional course “Survival Japanese Language” fee JPY18,000
  • Meals (except for welcome and farewell parties)
  • Additional homestay fee (reference: #10)
  • Follow the instruction and transfer the required fee in one transaction to the designated bank account by the deadline.
  • Remittance must be made in Japanese yen.
  • Money transfer from outside of Japan may take some time to be completed. Be sure to transfer as early as possible so that the payment will be completed by the deadline.
  • Applicants are responsible for the remittance fee.
  • Please kindly note that we will not refund tuition and other fees once payment is completed.



Choose either apartment or homestay when you apply for this program.
We will contact applicants individually as needed if the certain number of room availability exceeds.
Schedule for check-in/ out is unchangeable. Please check the dates in the item below “CHECKING IN AND OUT”

APARTMENT (Student apartment/ dormitory, single room)

No additional fee is required (apartment utilities such as water, electricity and Wi-Fi are included. Meals are exclusive).
Each room in student apartments will be equipped with a bathroom, a bed and bedding, TV, a refrigerator and daily commodities. (As for washing machine(s), it is attached in a room or equipped in the premise.)
Most of them are located within walking distance but the exception would happen depend on the number of applicants.
We would arrange you a room in the student dormitory nearby, for example, a male student dormitory as follows;
・Each room is divided into two for two students with a wall, so you can feel as if you stay in a single. *An entrance is shared with another male student.
・Students feel free to use the facilities and items below in the shared spaces of the dormitory.
E.g.; Shower rooms, bathrooms, washing machines, items in the pantries.


An additional fee is required.
*JPY 7,000 for 2 weeks and JPY 13,500 for 4 weeks (includes breakfast and dinner).
Host family houses are located within an hour commute by public transportation to Senriyama Campus.
The host family will pick you up at Senriyama campus on the check-in day.

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(For apartment and homestay. Changes are not possible.)

Program Check-in Check-out
Unit1 (2-week) July 1 (Wed), 2020(P.M.) July 15 (Wed), 2020 (A.M.)
Unit2 (2-week) July 16 (Thu), 2020 (P.M.) July 30 (Thu), 2020 (A.M.)
Unit3 (4-week) July 1 (Wed), 2020 (P.M.) July 30 (Thu), 2020 (A.M.)



Participants are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa.
Please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or consult the nearest Embassy or
the Consulate General of Japan in your area for more information and advices before applying for this program.



All participants are required purchasing the overseas travel insurance specified by Kansai University. The insurance premium is JPY 6,000 for 2 weeks and JPY 9,200 for 4 weeks. This insurance premium is not included in the program fee, but participants are obliged to pay it along with the program fee. The insurance coverage is as follows:

Coverage Insured Amount
Accidental Death JPY 10,000,000
Accidental Disability JPY 10,000,000
Personal Liability JPY 100,000,000
Accidental Medical Expenses JPY 30,000,000
Sickness Medical Expenses JPY 30,000,000
Rescuer’s Expenses JPY 10,000,000
  • This insurance does NOT cover pre-existing conditions (including allergies) or damage to baggage.
  • The insurance can cover only for a certain period of time (starting from check-in day to check-out day). Earlier or later than the program schedule is exclusive.
  • Should you need additional coverages other than the above, you need to purchase another one out of your pocket.