Fees were calculated using the exchange rate $1 = Y111.5. Regional students pay a tuition fee of approximately $500 more per semester than in-state students. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Housing Fee: This fee (billed by UMass) covers the cost of either dormitory OR homestay while classes are in session. 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. Not all housing information is available online, so be prepared to read the printed materials.
Housing Deposit (refundable): Students must pay this housing deposit (Y10,000) upon arrival at Kansai Gaidai. It will be refunded if there is no damage to their rooms or outstanding library books, etc.
Board Fee: Homestay students receive breakfast and dinner daily from their host family and a stipend from Kansai Gaidai for lunches. Dormitory students receive a stipend for three meals daily. Students will be assisted in setting up an account at a local bank and the stipend will be deposited month into this account by Kansai Gaidai.
Visa/Residence Fees: This is the cost of sending the visa application to the Japanese Consulate by express mail and the return cost also.
Passport Fees: Student 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 purchase health insurance that will cover them while at Kansai Gaidai for one semester. Students may choose to enroll in the Japanese National Health Insurance Plan. The premium is based on student's income for previous year. Alternatively, students may consider purchasing the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), http://www.myisic.com. The ISIC, which includes a comprehensive travel insurance policy, costs only $22 dollars and is valid for one year from date of issue. In addition, students need to stay enrolled in whatever health insurance plan they now carry when the semester ends, through the study abroad period, and until returning to UMass/Amherst after completion of the program. Please visit "Health & Safety" on the IPO website for information regarding health insurance including the UMass insurance policy.
Local Transportation: This is an estimate of cost for getting from the airport to Hirakata, and also for getting around the greater Osaka area on the subway/train for Homestay students. Dormitory students will not have daily commuting costs and should budget $150-$200 for local transportation.
Dates of Terms (approximate):
Arrival: August 22-25 (fall), January 23-26 (spring)
Orientation: August 26-28, January 27-29
Classes Start: August 31 (fall), February 1 (spring)
Classes End: December 18 (fall), May 28 (spring)
Number of Weeks: 16 (fall), 17 (spring)
Exams: December 14-18 (fall), May 23-27 (spring)
Break: December 19-January 23; March 18-21