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Japan Exchange Degree Requirement

Information for programs in Japan

If you’re a Japanese Studies major or minor, or just interested in Japanese language and culture, a semester or more in Japan will help you deepen your knowledge and appreciation for all things Japanese.

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Japan Destinations

UAF’s exchange and study abroad programs in Japan are: 

Akita International University (Study Abroad program with KEI Abroad)
     Akita, Japan

Hokkaido University
   Sapporo, Hokkaido
   Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP)
   Japanese Language and Culture Studies (JLCS)

Hokkaido University of Education (HUE)
   Sapporo, Hokkaido

Nagoya Gakuin University (NGU)
   Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Osaka Gakuin University (OGU)

Tohoku University
   Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
   Direct Enrollment Exchange Program (DEEP)
   Junior Year Program in English (JYPE)
   International Program in Liberal Arts (IPLA)

Waseda University

Minimum requirements

All students going on exchange or study abroad from UAF must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Completion of at least 2 full-time semesters or 29 credits before your first semester abroad.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

In addition, to fulfill the Japanese Studies international requirement, Japanese Studies majors must also have:

  • Completed at least JPN 202 or its equivalent prior to departure, and
  • A minimum of a B-average (3.0) in Japanese language courses, and
  • The recommendation of Japanese language faculty.
Information at a glance
Program Minimum previous Japanese language study
(or equivalent) required
Fulfills Japanese Studies international requirement Content courses taught in English Housing IPI application deadline for the following fall semester Tuition Paid to
Dormitory Apartment Home stay
AIU (KEI) None Yes Yes Yes No No 1 March KEI
DEEP JPN 202 Yes No  Yes No No 1 December UAF
HUE JPN 202 Yes No Yes Yes No UAF
HUSTEP JPN 202 Yes Yes Yes No No UAF
IPLA JPN 202 Yes No Yes No No UAF
JLCS JPN 202 Yes No Yes Yes No UAF
JYPE None No Yes Yes No No UAF
NGU JPN 202 Yes No Yes Yes No UAF
OGU None Maybe Yes No No Some UAF
Waseda None Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes UAF

Financial information

Although cost of living will depend on many factors including size and accessibility of your city of residence and your personal tastes and habits, you should expect to spend an average of at least ¥80,000 per month.   Typical monthly fees include:

  • Rent (¥10,000 - ¥60,000)
  • Utilities (¥5,000 - ¥10,000)
  • Food (¥20,000 - ¥30,000)
  • Health Insurance (¥2,000)
  • Internet (¥4,000 - ¥10,000)
  • Commuting Fees (¥5,000 - ¥10,000)
  • Miscellaneous (¥10,000 - ¥20,000)

Other fees include:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Class fees
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel to Anchorage for Visa appointment
  • Travel to Japan

When you apply to a Japanese exchange university, you will be asked to provide evidence of adequate financial support of at least ¥50,000 per month for the entire time you will be abroad.   While working is possible under a student visa, restrictions apply, and these future earnings may not be used as part of your evidence of adequate financial support.

Please contact your Japanese Studies advisor, a Japanese language faculty member, or the Exchange and Study Abroad Advisor for questions.