SEMESTER/YEAR LONG PROGRAMS
Kansai-Gadai University, Japan
Course Selection and Transfer Credit Process
How many classes should I take?
Courses at Kansai are usually equal in value to courses at Old Dominion. Therefore, a class worth 3.0 credits at Kansai Gaidai is worth 3.0 credits at Old Dominion. Some language courses are worth 5.0 credits at Kansai Gaidai and consequently worth 5.0 credits at Old Dominion.
Note that students receiving financial aid from ODU are expected to bring back a minimum of 12 ODU credits from their semester abroad in order to remain in good standing to receive financial aid in future terms.
What grades do I need to earn?
All credit from Kansai Gaidai is transfer credit. This means that ODU awards the credit for courses taken abroad which have been successfully completed with a grade equivalent to "C" or better. The grade, however, does not show up on your ODU transcript - only a "TP" to designate "Transfer Pass." Your ODU grade point average will not be affected as a result of your study abroad.
All courses taken abroad should be pre-approved by the appropriate chief departmental advisor at Old Dominion. Students should begin this process with their assigned academic advisor, but may need to visit several chief departmental advisors before the pre-approval process is finalized.
When meeting with the chief departmental advisor, students should bring a Transfer Credit Evaluation form for Study Abroad (available in the Office of Study Abroad) as well as descriptions of all courses they plan on taking abroad. There are two methods available for accessing information on courses offered at Kansai Gaidai:
Visit the Office of Study Abroad and use the most current Undergraduate Handbook in the Kansai Gaidai box. Although this cannot be taken out of the office, we are happy to make photocopies.
Look at the course descriptions online by following these steps:
- Go to the following website: http://www.kansaigaidai.ac.jp/asp/03_academics/06.html
- Click on the appropriate semester to download the course descriptions in pdf format (for example, "Course Descriptions for Fall Semester, 2008"). Then scroll down the page to the appropriate course(s) that you are interested in taking and copy the description(s). You can then use these descriptions to seek transfer credit approval at ODU from the appropriate chief departmental advisor.