Features of Education

Public Relations Office        April 7, 2017

To nurture world citizens, Kwansei Gakuin University has concluded agreements with over 130 universities and institutions in 33 countries and regions around the world for student and academic exchange. Taking advantage of this global network, KGU offers a wide variety of international education programs. Annually, more than 800 KGU students study at overseas partner institutions, and in turn approximately 700 students from foreign countries study at KGU.

Double Degree Program

KGU has signed agreements on double degree programs with two partner universities: Mount Allison University (MTA) in Canada and the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia. The program allows students to obtain degrees from both KGU and the partner universty in 4-5 years.

The program with MTA is available to students in the School of Sociology, Business Administration, and International Studies. With UQ, it is available to students in the School of International Studies.

Programs in Cooperation with the United Nations and the European Union

lntemational cooperation is a part of Kwansei Gakuin culture. KGU will continue to strengthen its ties with the UN, the EU, and international organizations to realize its mission, to inspire its members to seek missions in life, and to cultivate them to be creative and capable world citizens who embody the Kwansei Gakuin motto, "Mastery for Service."

United Nations Youth Volunteers


First of its Kind - Youth Volunteer Japan Training Center for the UNV Programme

In 2004 KGU started the United Nations Student Volunteer Program in partnership with United Nations Volunteers (UNV), the first of its kind in Asia. Since then, approximately 70 students have been dispatched to 17 developing countries including Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, Namibia, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

In 2013, a new initiative was signed between KGU and UNV, to establish the Youth Volunteer Japan Training Center for the UNV Programme, which will become the hub for training youth volunteers in Japan. In partnership with Sophia University, Meiji University, Meiji Gakuin University, Rikkyo University, and Toyo University, KGU has set up the Training Center to enable youth volunteers from across Japan to benefit from KGU's vast experience gained over the years training youth volunteers prior to their overseas assignments. Nominated Youth Volunteers will receive training at the Training Center, where they will gain the skills necessary for five months ofinternational cooperation work in developing nations, in areas such as information communication technologies,education, campaigning for awareness, and youth aid.

This program will be piloted over two years from 2013 to 2015, with more than 12 students being deployed from the six participating universities. Plans are in place to expand cooperation to more universities in Japan.

Admission for Refugees through Recommendation by the UNHCR

KGU has signed an agreement with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Japan whereby it admits 3 refugees chosen by the UNHCR to the university each year. Students admitted are exempt from all tuition fees. There are many cases of refugees who cannot enter Japancse universities for such reasons as the high cost of tuition and living and the difficulty of getting a certificate of graduation from schools in their home country. At KGU, our goal is to give these refugees a higher education and the specialized skills necessary to become leaders in contributing to peace and economic progress, working either in Japan or in their home countries. We also want them to study together with Japanese students so that all involved can work together to solve such worldwide problems as persecution and confiict. KGU is seeking donations that will go towards scbolarships to support these refugee students.

EU Institute in Japan, Kansai

The EU Instirute in Japan, Kansai (EUIJ Kansai) was established by a consonium of KGU, Kobe University and Osaka University, as a center for international exchange between Japan and the EU, as well as for the pursuit of advanced academic research on the EU, and educational and public relations activities in the Kansai region.
Besides offering EU-related courses to KGU students and establishing an EUIJ Kansai Library in the KGU Library, the Institute contributes to better understanding between Japan and Europe through educational, research, and information and exchange activities.

UN Seminar

The UN seminar is designed to provide an orientation program for students who aspire to join international organizations such as the United Nations, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, and international NGOs. This program is an annual summer seminar held at the UN headquarters in New York, where students sit in on assemblies and receive lectures from UN officials

United Nations Academic Impact

KGU has joined the United Nations Academic Impact since September 2010. The Academic Impact is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the UN in actively supporting the following ten universally-accepted principles, in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution:

1. A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations Charter as values that education seeks to promote and fulfill;
2. A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion, and speech;
3. A commitment to educational opportunities for all people, regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity;
4. A commitment to providing opportunities for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of higher education;
5. A conunitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world;
6. A commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education;
7. A commitment to advancing peace and conflict resolution through education;
8. A commitment to addressing issues of poverty through education;
9. A commitment to promoting sustainability through education;
10.A commitment to promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, and the “unlearning" of intolerance through education.