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The Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai was never intended to be self-supporting, and therefore tuition payments and fees do not cover the total cost of the program. The difference is made up by a continuing subsidy from the University to the substantial benefit of the students.

It is true that living expenses in Japan are relatively high. However, the program has been making efforts in securing scholarships from the Japanese government and the University for participating students to ease their financial difficulties. The following sections provide detailed information about finance and scholarships for prospective students:

In your payments to Kansai Gaidai, the following should be carefully noted:

  1. Fees are payable on a semester basis.
  2. Payment of all academic fees and expenses must be completed before or during the orientation program each semester.
  3. No personal checks, personal money orders can be accepted in any of your payments to Kansai Gaidai. It is highly recommended that students pay the fees by credit card (except for tuition payment), wire transfer or with cash/traveler’s checks.
  4. While tuition is payable either in US dollars or Japanese yen, all other fees are to be paid only in yen currency.

Fall Semester 2018 – Spring Semester 2019


A non-refundable Application Fee of US$50 must accompany the student’s application for admission.
* Waived for students from our affiliated institutions.


Within three weeks of receipt the acceptance letter, the successful applicant must confirm his/her participation by forwarding the Admission Fee of US$50 and Enrollment Confirmation Deposit of US$200(both are nonrefundable). The Enrollment Confirmation Deposit will be credited to the payment of first semester fees at Kansai Gaidai.
* Waived for students from our affiliated institutions.


One Semester US$14,000
One Academic Year US$28,000

** Waived for students from institutions, which have reciprocal exchange agreements with Kansai Gaidai



Fees include breakfast and dinner on weekdays and three meals on Saturdays and Sundays.

One Semester 320,000 yen
One Academic Year 640,000 yen
One Semester 230,000 yen
One Academic Year 460,000 yen

The fee does not include any meals. All rooms are single rooms equipped with a desk, bed, closet, book shelves, shoe box, and small refrigerator.

Reservation Fee (Non-refundable) … 2,000 yen

*** Waived for students with Full Exchange status from our affiliated institutions.

Other Fees

General Deposit (Refundable) … 10,000 yen
This refundable deposit will be reimbursed at the termination of residence at Kansai Gaidai, when all outstanding obligations have been met (loans, return of library books, etc.)

Internatioal Student Fee (Mandatory) … 10,000 yen

Liability Insurance (Mandatory) … 1,000 yen

Dormitory Security Deposit (Refundable) … 30,000 yen
This refundable deposit is mandatory for dormitory residents regardless of their status, and will be reimbursed at the termination of residence at the dormitory after possible deduction based on the check-out inspection.

Personal Expenditures

Since activities and dining can be rather costly in Japan, all participants are strongly advised to bring adequate funds for their stay at Kansai Gaidai. Particularly for the first semester, adjustment to the new environment takes a good deal of time and effort, and the burden of part-time employment in addition to normal study loads simply makes it very difficult for students to fulfill their academic responsibilities.
Furthermore, due to Japan’s immigration laws, international students are not allowed to engage in part-time employment unless they secure permission from the Immigration Office. Therefore, we must stress that participating students should not rely on possible compensation from part-time jobs to finance their budgets at Kansai Gaidai. The following are rough estimates for personal expenditures for ONE SEMESTER. For one academic year, the estimates will be approximately twice that of one semester. Approximately 100,000 yen (room and board included) for winter break expenses must also be added. The quotations do not include personal travel inside/outside of Japan. The figures, of course, varies according to each individual. Dollar quotations in parenthesis below are calculated at the exchange rate of US$1/100 yen.

Homestay Participants

Lunch Expenses 60,000 yen (approx. $600)
Textbooks 20,000 yen (approx. $200)
Average Commuting Expenses 70,000 yen (approx. $700)
Miscellaneous 140,000 yen (approx. $1,400)

Dormitory Residents

Meal Expenses* 150,000 yen (approx. $1,500)
Textbooks 20,000 yen (approx. $200)
Miscellaneous 140,000 yen (approx. $1,400)

* Full kitchen facilities available for student use.

Refund Policy

In case you need to withdraw from the program, Kansai Gaidai will make a tuition refund based upon the following schedule.


Prior to the beginning of the orientation program 90%
During the orientation period 70%
During the first week of the academic session 60%
During the second week of the academic session 50%
During the third week of the academic session 40%
During the forth week of the academic session 30%
After the fourth week 0%


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