I've seen pictures of the new campus. Pretty swanky. Where is it,though? I heard it was only 10 minutes from the old campus, but I can;t imagine where they'd put it. It seemed pretty cramped around there.
Maybe around one of the old factories near the river?
Most foreigners come on exchange from universities or colleges they are already enrolled in. I have heard rumors of independent students, but I never met any, nor know how that would work. All exchange students are accepted because their home institution said they can go.KGU trusts the decisions of the professors/teachers running their end of the program in the US, Canada, the UK or any great number of other places to screen students before sending in applications.
I would recommend you check their list of partner schools and see if there is one in your would like to go to.
Additionally, you could send an e-mail directly to the admissions office of the international program. If you want to enroll as a full 4-year program student, you will need to enroll like any other Japanese student, sitting entrance exams and all the rest. KGU really likes to keep their exchange student population to a one or two year (for the really smart ones) period of stay.
As a student, holding a student visa, you are not allowed to legally work. they do have dorms (limited space) or homestay program. I would go with the homestay program, though it probably costs more.
F.Y.I., I was an independent student!
However, by the time I was finished, my college had entered an agreement with Gaidai. I am really impressed with Gaidai, they always seem to take the time to make things happen.
Yes, it can be very costly, save for two things:
Scholarships and Exchange service.
For example, when I applied as an independent, I was able to get a HUGE scholarship. (Thousands of dollars.) After my school joined Gaidai's exchange program, I was informed of how things would work for future students. As is, they pay tuition to go to their home college, not to Gaidai. So, if you pay 5,000 a year to go to college America, you pay the same thing the year you go to Gaidai. Details depend on the school. At my school, whatever you paid for there you would recieve compensation for at Gaidai, like meal plan and dorm payements.
When I went, there was a scholarship available for foreigners from the Japanese government . Practically everyone I knew who applied received it. It was about $1,100 (US dollars) at the time. That covered my expenses pretty well, since most things, such as housing, were covered by the reciprocal agreement between my school and Gaidai. At least until I rented a house the second semster.:sorry:
Japanese speaking and writing courses are the only required courses. The other classes are electives, although for an exchange program, your home institution may require you to take something that applies to your major, like Japanese business or art.
i was at gaidai from January to May, last year, 2003. its fun, you meet so many people and have so much fun. they population is filled with beautiful people, japanese and foriegners. the classes are relaxed and i passed easy, but the japanese was the most important to me, and i think they are very good at teaching, also they have the library and you can chill all day and watch movies if you like. the place is great and i encourage anyone interested to go, esp if you can. well thats my two cents. THey also built a new seminar house which is like a suite, it looks nice. the new campus is fabulous. and i knew a lot of independent students, there were married people there with their newborn and old men who wanted to learn japanese. they have all types there, well let me stop talking. hope i gave usefull info. mata ne.