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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 09/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: University Exchange Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay, Student Responsibility
Credit Type: Transfer Credit Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Program Description:
Kwansei Gakuin University LogoKWANSEI GAKUIN UNIVERSITY
Kwansei Gakuin is one of the most prestigious private schools in Japan which dates back to in 1889, when it was founded by the American missionary Reverend Walter Russell Lambuth, M.D. in Kobe. Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) is an independent institution for higher education, offering Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in over 35 different disciplines to a student body of about 25,000, including approximately 900 foreign students. The University maintains academic standards that rank among the highest of all Japanese universities and colleges.

Students are able to study Japanese language and take a variety of coursework in English while interacting with local students through language partners and various activities on campus. Arrival instructions, on-site orientation, and on-campus support are provided by KGU to help students feel comfortable during their time in Japan.

Semester Dates:
  • Fall: Early to Mid-September - End of January
  • Spring: Mid to Late March - End of July
Host University Courses:
Students can select from two different tracks at KGU, including:
  • Japanese Language Track: Click here
  • Modern Japan Track (Japanese language course + electives in English): Click here
  • Credits earned through a Drake exchange program will count as transfer credits, but credits can count toward major, minor, and AOI requirements
  • Eligible students are encouraged to consider applying for scholarship funding through the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation
  • Note: Exchange Partner semester dates may conflict with the Drake University academic calendar

  • Host University Housing Information (program fact sheet): Click Here
  • See Housing Type(s) above
  • Housing and meals are NOT included in the program cost (semester only)

  • Students pay regular Drake Tuition to their Drake Student Account for semester and year-long programs
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships generally apply as they would if the student were studying on campus
  • All additional fees (housing, meals, books, optional excursions, airfare, etc.) will be paid separately
  • Students should meet with the Office of Student Financial Planning once a program is chosen to discuss their award amounts 

Drake students participating on this program are required to complete the following steps:
  1. Drake Exchange Application
    • Watch Education Abroad 101 and take accompanying quiz
    • Click on the Apply Now button at the top of this page
    • Schedule a meeting with an Education Abroad Advisor BEFORE the application deadline
  2. Drake Exchange Nomination
    • Receive notification of status within two weeks after the application deadline
  3. Host University Application 
    • Schedule a meeting with an Education Abroad Advisor to complete the host university application AFTER nomination
  4. Host University Acceptance
For additional information regarding this exchange, please click on the homepage link above.