Semester exchange programs allow students the opportunity earn USF college credit from a diverse set of subject abroad, while still paying an equivalent to USF cost. Students are enrolled abroad and take class, live, and socialize with local British and other international students, gaining a truly enriching experience and in-depth cultural immersion for 1 - 2 semesters.
Exchange programs are the most competitive and students are encouraged to begin the application process early to better focus on their personal statement and gather the needed recommendations.
Located in Hirakata, halfway between Osaka and Kyoto, KGU puts the heart of traditional Japan and it's cutting edge right at a student's fingertips. Offering students the an ideal place to explore Japan, Hirakata is considered a university city with many scenic spots as well as a rich student life. Students looking for the bright lights of Tokyo or only 3 hours away by bullet train.
Founded in 1945, Kansai Gaidai University is first and foremost a university stressing the importance of language acquisition as part of its regular curriculum. Both foreign and Japanese students focus on their chosen language while engaging in an international atmosphere. USF students add courses from KGU's Asian Studies program to round our their experience. KGU Website: http://www.kansaigaidai.ac.jp/asp/
Be sure to check out the newly launched Kansai Gaidai website created by former KGU students. It will you help prepare yourself for your upcoming exchange and ease the transition into your new life abroad: http://www.kansaigaidai.com
Focusing primarily on language, KGU requires that all incoming exchange students take 8 credit hours of Japanese language, level determined by a placement test upon their arrival (3 hours of reading and writing, 5 hours of listening and oral).In addition, student may choose 2 additional courses from KGU Asian Studies program with topics ranging from Business and Psychology to Anthropology and Theatre.
The exchange program cost is based upon in-state tuition rates for a full-time course load. Out-of-State and International students also pay the same rate for the purposes of study abroad programs.
Not included in this cost:
Housing abroad (arranged with and paid to host school)
Additional travel or medical insurance
Any transportation fees
Passport and Visa fees
Any additional or personal expenses
In addition, students are expected to pay Emergency medical insurance in the amount of $1.53/daily.
How and When to Pay
Please click here for further details regarding payment.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
The Education Abroad Office offers Study Abroad Scholarships. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to degree-seeking USF students. Please visit here for application information and deadlines. Please note that these scholarships are never guaranteed, and awards can only help pay for a portion of your total costs. We highly encourage you to apply to many other scholarships.
Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad. USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit here for further information.
Bulls in Asia (bullsinasia.wordpress.com) is a one-stop resource for USF Students to learn about Asia-related study abroad, scholarships, internships, and post-graduate opportunities:
Health and Safety
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
Students are encouraged to arrange their housing through Kansai Gaidai. Student may choose either from dormitory style housing in the KGU seminar houses or be placed with a local host family. Dormitory plans do not include meals while Host families include two meals a day. More information is available on their housing website:
Students must be at least of sophomore standing when they attend, but may apply as freshman.
Students much have at least two semesters of college level Japanese credit to be eligble for consideration.
Graduating seniors may not participate in their last semester as program dates and processing time would delay their intended graduation.
All majors are welcomed.
A 3.0 GPA minimum is required for consideration.
Students are asked to not purchase an tickets until they receive an acceptance letter from the host school overseas. This letter will have details on orientation dates and arrival airports.
Students are responsible for arranging their own flights and transportation to the host school.
Every program participant MUST have a passport, valid six months from the date of travel. Students are responsible for their own immigration documents.
Faculty and Contacts
Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:Rene Sanchez
Education Abroad Office, International Affairs (loc. CGS 101)
University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave., CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-3104 Fax: (813) 974-4613