Hiram College

Study in Japan

Kansai Gaidai Asian Studies Program

Kansai Gaidai was established in 1945 to develop in its students a sense of internationalism. Today, this school of 14,000 students is an active participant in an exchange program that sends approximately 1300 Japanese students abroad annually, while accepting approximately 600 international students. Exchange students enroll at Kansai Gaidai through the Asian Studies Program designed to accommodate international students who pursue Japanese language and Japan/Asian studies. The varied needs of international students are met within the framework of this program, the largest of its type in Japan. It offers a broad curriculum of Japanese language study along with courses in social sciences, humanities, business/economics taught in English, in addition to studio art courses.

Nakayima Campus

The Center for International Education at the University sponsors an orientation program prior to each semester. New students stay in on-campus dormitories until the end of the orientation program. Permanent student housing can be arranged as a home-stay, in an on-campus dormitory, or in off-campus housing.

Student life revolves around a variety of settings including classrooms, clubs, library cafeterias, and lounges. International students are welcome to participate in campus clubs and circles. Student interests range from athletics such as soccer, basketball, and martial arts clubs to Japanese culture in the Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy, Flower Arranging, and Koto (Japanese harp) clubs.

Located in Hirakata City, Osaka, Kansai Gaidai is accessible, within a one-hour train ride, to Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capitals, and Osaka, the second largest business hub in Japan. Kansai Gaidai has two campuses in Hirakata: the Nakamiya campus and the Hotani campus. The Center for International Education, the centerpiece for the Asian Studies Program is located at the Nakamiya campus.

Learn more about Kansai Gaidai’s Asian Studies Program.

Kansai Gaidai Asian Studies Program Webpage

Hiram students who would like to apply as an exchange student to Kansai Gaidai may apply through the Study Away Office by completing the exchange application and making an appointment with the director of study abroad.

Kansai Gaidai students who would like to apply as an exchange student to Hiram College must contact Nicole Gatrell (gatrellnr@hiram.edu), listing your name as it appears on your passport, date of birth, and country of residence, when you would like to attend, your current class status (freshman, sophomore, junior), and area of interest.

Tuition and Fees:  Students participating in this exchange program pay tuition, room, and board to their home institutions.

Note: Current COVID regulations in Japan require a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival at extra cost to students (US$1,430 – 1,910)

Matthew Notarian Headshot

Matthew Notarian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Classics
Director of Study Abroad


Matthew Notarian is the main point of contact for all things related to study abroad at Hiram College.

Address and Fax Number:

Hiram College
Pendleton House
PO Box 67
Hiram, OH  44234