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Japan: Osaka 
Kansai Gaidai University - Asian Studies Program

Osaka has been a major center of commerce since the eighteenth century, and is still a vast and expanding hub of business and industry today. The metropolis exhibits many colorful aspects as can be seen in the competition for bigger and showier street signs which are on display in Minami (the southern part of the downtown district). As a center of pop culture, Osaka never ceases to generate a variety of new trends and give birth to new dimensions of the urban experience.

Kyoto was founded in the late eighth century, as evidenced by the ancient layout of its numbered avenues. While prestigious museums house the most valuable collections of Japanese art in the country, Kyoto itself is a fine museum in its own right. Fortunately, the city was not damaged in the Pacific War, and therefore many of its temples and shrines have been designated as national treasures for everyone to appreciate.

A train ride of a little over an hour will bring you to Nara the ancient capital preceding Kyoto, which also offers various cultural treasures to its visitors. Claiming to be the site of the first organized political state in Japan, Nara has the dignified atmosphere of an ancient capital.

Kansai Gaidai is located in the city of Hirakata, midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest industrial metropolis, and Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capitals of Japan. Located in the cultural heart of Japan, the the Asian Studies Program draws on this heritage for field trips, independent research, and/or case studies. "Kansai" refers the area centering on Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. The area centering on Tokyo is called the "Kanto" region.

Program Dates
Academic Year, Fall or Spring

Fields of Study
Japanese Language, Asian Studies, History, Political Science

3.0 GPA; Completion of two semesters of Japanese at Tulane with a grade of B or better during the year before departure.

Academic Program

Students enroll in one Japanese language course plus three or four area studies courses taught in English.

Tulane generally awards three credits at the 500-level per course.

Living Arrangements
Student housing can be arranged either with a “homestay” family or in an on-campus dormitory. In the homestay program, students eat all meals (except lunch during the school week) with their host family. In the dormitories, students are expected to prepare their own meals in the fully equipped kitchens or eat at university cafeterias or local restaurants. Students make their housing arrangements with Kansai Gaidai University.

Tulane Faculty liaison
Dr. Yutaka Horiba, Asian Studies and Economics

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