*Billable Items on UMass Amherst Bursar Bill include: Program Fee (tuition & fees, orientation), Education Abroad Fee Student responsible for paying (NOT on UMass Bursar Bill): RT airfare and other transportation; housing, meals; visa fees; personal & misc expenses (laundry, books, personal travel, etc.)
All costs are estimates in US Dollars and subject to inflation and Japanese Yen - US Dollar fluctuations and inflation. 1 USD = 110 JPY as of Jun 8 2018
Kwansei Gakuin University 2018-2019 Budget Details:
Regional students pay a tuition fee of approximately $500 more per semester than in-state students. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Students who study for the full year at Kwansei Gakuin must also enroll in the winter term during February and March, the costs of which are included in the full year cost estimates. Homestay or dorm fees will be billed separately for the winter term.
Housing and Meals
Homestay option: Kwansei Gakuin offers a homestay arrangement which includes breakfast and dinner daily, for about $5600 for the year. Students must also budget about $125 per month for lunches, or $1250 for the year.
Dormitory option: A room at International Residence 2 will cost about $4000, which includes internet, but does not include other utilities, which are charged monthly. Utilities will cost about $50 per month, or $500 total for the year. Meals are not included; students must shop for and cook their own food. Students should budget an additional $500 per month, or $5000 for the year, for meals. Students who elect to live in a dorm should add about $2,250 to the above budget totals.
Brief housing descriptions are available from the Education Abroad Advisor for Asia and in the International Student handbook under the link "Study Abroad at KG". Students are responsible for comparing the housing options at each site using the information on the host university's website, or the printed booklet from the Education Abroad Advisor.
Visa/Residence Fees: This is the cost of sending the visa application to the Japanese Consulate by express mail and the return cost also. There is no visa fee for the Japanese student visa for US citizens.
Passport Fees: $135 for US Passport, new or renewals. Students who are applying for their passport for the first time or for a renewal passport can expect to pay application costs and cost of photos.
Health & Liability Insurance: Students are required to enroll in the Japanese National Health Insurance Plan; premium is based on student's income for previous year. Students must also stay enrolled in whatever health insurance plan they now carry when the semester ends, through the study abroad period, and until re-enrolling at UMass/Amherst after completion of the program. Please visit "Health & Safety" on the IPO website for information regarding health insurance including the UMass accident and emergency insurance policy.
Local Transportation: This is an estimate for getting from the airport to Nishinomiya, and also for getting around the greater Nishinomiya area on the subway/train for all students.
Personal Expenses: This is an estimate for laundry, cellphone, toiletries, clothing, social/leisure, personal travel, etc.
Miscellaneous: Amount listed includes arrival week fees and administration fees.