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. Any major can study in Japan!!
UAF offers both exchange and study abroad options for Japan.
Because of the high demand for exchange placements, we have a priority deadline application process for these placement requests. The deadline is November 1 for the following academic year placements. Some universities may be available after the priority deadline, but options will be limited. Even if you are not a Japanese Studies major, we recommend you complete your application for exchange placement before the priority deadline to ensure you get equal consideration for placement (as many campuses are no longer available after the priority deadline).
Study Abroad options are those programs offered through a program provider. Deadlines are later for these programs. Study abroad applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so it is recommended to complete the provider application at the same time as the UAF application, as admission is first come first serve.
Short-Term Exchange Program (HUSTEP) *This program is not recommended for Japanese Studies majors
Japanese Language and Culture Studies (JLCS)
Hokkaido University of Education (HUE)
5 possible campuses in Hokkaido:
Iwamizawa (ONLY FOR MUSIC MAJORS)
Asahikawa (near-native Japanese fluency required)
Kushiro (near-native Japanese fluency required)
Nagoya Gakuin University (NGU)
Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Osaka Gakuin University (OGU)
Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
Direct Enrollment Exchange Program (DEEP)
International Program in Liberal Arts (IPLA)
Junior Year Program in English (JYPE) *This program is not recommended for Japanese Studies majors
Study Abroad Options:
All students going on exchange or study abroad from UAF must fulfill the following requirements:
- Be a degree-seeking student at UAF (working towards a Certificate, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD; you do not need to have a declared major)
- Completion of at least 2 full-time semesters or 29 credits before your first semester abroad. Full-time is 12 credits.
- Full-time (registered in at least 12 credits) the semester before exchange (spring for Fall departure; fall for Spring departure)
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Have a minimum 2.5 semester GPA the semester before your study away program
- Good academic, behavioral, and financial standing at UAF
- No Incomplete (I) grades on transcript
In addition, to fulfill the Japanese Studies international degree-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.
Please note that all Japan campuses, with the exception of Osaka Gakuin University, follow an off-set semester calendar. In Japan, the Fall term goes from late-September to February and Spring runs from April to August.
|Program||Min level of JPN completed prior to departure||Other requirements||Fulfills Japanese Studies international requirement||English Courses Available||Housing||UAF application deadline for the following fall semester||Tuition Paid to|
|AIU (KEI)||2.8 GPA (3.0 preferred)||x||x||x||2/20 - Fall/AY
9/15 - Spring
|3.0 GPA; Junior or Senior when abroad||maybe||x||x||November 1||UAF|
|JPN 302 suggested;
JPN 202 at minimum
|18-30 years old; N3 equivalent; Japanese Studies major only||x||x||November 1||UAF|
|HUE||JPN 202 recommended||at least 1 year of Japanese taken; 18-30 years old||x||x||November 1||UAF|
|JF Oberlin (ISA)||x||x||3/1 - Fall/AY
10/1 - Spring
|NGU||JPN 202 recommended||know 100 kanji; can read and write in Japanese||x||x||November 1||UAF|
(Japanese program - more focused on research)
|JPN 302||N3 equivalent||x||x||November 1||UAF|
|JPN 302 recommended; JPN 202 at minimum||Japanese Studies major only; cannot attend your last semester||x||x||November 1||UAF|
|Junior or Senior when abroad||x||x||November 1||UAF|
|Waseda||JPN 202 recommended for Japanese program||3.0 for programs in English||x||X||X||November 1||UAF|
About the Priority Selection Process (November 1st deadline)
The committee evaluates each candidates' academic history, the responses to their essay questions in the application, student abilities in Japanese and goals for future use, perceived student success at certain campuses, and other factors in order to determine the placement of each student.
The process is as follows:
- Student applies for 'Japan Program Application' before November 1
- Committee may require interview if there are more applicants than expected. If required, student will be interviewed by committee before winter break
- Committee will meet to decide placements
- The Study Away office will confirm Fall grades and Spring enrollment for eligibility
- Notifications of placements will be made to students by early January
- Students will be provided information on host application and deadline (host deadline dates range from late February to early May)
- Screening takes place at host campus
- Host campus notifies student of screening (acceptance or non-acceptance)
- Host campus will send follow-up documents for student to complete for housing/courses/etc (depending on campus)
- The Study Away office receives Certificate of Eligibility in late July or August, forwards to student
- Student applies for visa to Japan at Anchorage Consulate (or elsewhere, if non-resident of Alaska). Student CANNOT apply for visa until they receive this Certificate of Eligibility
- Study in Japan!
There are several steps involved (not all are listed above) and students must be detail-oriented and diligent with deadlines in order to be successful applicants. Acceptance by UAF does not guarantee placement at host campus.
After the priority round is complete, universities in Japan with available placements will become available for applicants to start an application in the program search area.
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 to UAF: 7-lower division credits, 8-upper division credits at the resident, non-resident, or WUE rate
- UAF fees:
- one-time $50 application fee;
- Each semester: network fee, $500 study away fee
- Class fees
- Health Insurance (both in Japan and the required plan for UAF exchange requirements)
- Travel/Shipping costs to Anchorage for Visa
- Travel to/from Japan
- Travel within Japan
When you apply to the host university (after approval of your UAF application), you will be asked to provide evidence of adequate financial support of at least ¥80,000 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 Study Away Advisor for questions.