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  • Locations: Akita, Japan; Beppu, Japan; Kitami, Hokkaido, Japan; Nagoya, Aichi, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan; Sendai, Tohoku, Japan; Tokyo, Japan;
  • Program Terms: Japan Programs
  • Budget Sheets: Japan Programs
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

Exchange programs in Japan are applied to through a centralized application. If you wish to apply for this program, please apply through the Japan Program Application
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 3.00 in Japanese language courses Program Type: International Exchange, Study Abroad
Tuition Paid To: UAF Housing Fees Paid to: Directly to Host Institution
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Foreign Language Prerequisite: Intermediate Japanese
UAA/UAS Eligible?: UAA Eligible, UAS Eligible
Program Description:
Japan Destinations

UAF’s exchange programs in Japan are: 

Akita International University (AIU) - study abroad with KEI

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 OIP application deadline for the following fall semester
Dormitory Apartment Home stay
AIU None Yes Yes Yes No No 1 March
DEEP JPN 202 Yes No  Yes No No 1 December
HUE JPN 202 Yes No Yes Yes No 1 December
HUSTEP JPN 202 Yes Yes Yes No No 1 December
IPLA JPN 202 Yes No Yes No No 1 December
JLCS JPN 202 Yes No Yes Yes No 1 December
JYPE None No Yes Yes No No 1 March
NGU JPN 202 Yes No Yes Yes No 1 December
OGU None Maybe Yes No No Some 1 December
Waseda JPN 202 Yes No Yes No No 1 December

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.

Credit Equivalency Guidelines

This program is currently not accepting applications.