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  • Locations: Hirakata, Japan; Nagoya, Japan; Nishinomiya, Japan; Sapporo, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Candice Snowden
Who Can Apply?:
Mass Public Colleges, UMass System
Fields of Study:
Anthropology, Art, Art History, Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC), Communication, Comparative Literature, Ecology, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Conservation, Environmental Design, Finance & Operations Management, History, International Relations, Interpreting Studies, Japanese Languages & Literature, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Peace and World Security Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Studio Art, Theater, Women's Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Host Institution:
Hokkaido University, International Christian University, Kansai Gaidai University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Nanzan University, Sophia University
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Language Prerequisite:
0 or 2 or 4 College-Level Semesters
Language Credits Available:
6 credits +
Program Type:
Exchange, Int. Language Studies, Language & Culture Studies
Apartment, Family Home Stay, Residence Hall
In Classes With:
Mostly US Students,Mostly Host Country Students
Minimum Class Standing:
1st Semester Sophomore
Application Includes:
personal interview
Classification of Credits Available:
Program Description:

UMass Amherst is well-known for its active exchanges with Japanese universities and we welcome your interest in these wonderful opportunities!  You can study for a semester or a year depending on the site.  Returning students are enthusiastic about their chance to experience Japanese culture first-hand and improve their Japanese language skills tremendously.

Don't forget, there are also a number of excellent non-UMass semester or year as well as non-UMass summer programs to choose from in our Approved Program List.

ICU dorm

This is an overview page for all of the UMass Amherst-sponsored Japanese Exchanges (Fall/Spring/Year).  We currently have reciprocal exchange agreements with the universities listed below.  For an overview of each university, specific eligibility criteria, and costs please refer to the individual program listing in the UMass Abroad system. 

GPA Requirement:  For most sites, the requirement is a 3.0 GPA.  For Kwansei Gakuin University, the requirement is 2.75 GPA.

Name of University

Enrollment Options

Hokkaido University

*Scholarship possibility

Sapporo City

Year or Spring
year: late September  - mid August
spring: April 1 - mid August

International Christian University

Mitaka City, western Tokyo

Year only  
September 1 – June 31

Kansai Gaidai University

Hirakata City, between Osaka and Kyoto

Fall, Spring or Year
fall: late Aug - mid Dec
spring: mid Jan - late May

Kwansei Gakuin University

Nishinomiya City, between Osaka and Kobe

Fall, Spring or Year

fall: mid Sept - mid Jan
spring: late March - mid July
year: includes winter term in Feb and March

Nanzan University

Nagoya City
*Scholarship possibility

Fall, Spring or year

fall:  Sept. 1 – December 20

spring:  Jan. 12 – May 25

Sophia University

Tokyo City
*Scholarship possibilities

Year or Spring

*Full year:  Sept. 25 – July 31

*Spring semester:  Mar. 28 – July 31


The first thing you will need to do is create your UMass Abroad account, in UMass's online study abroad application system. After you have completed the initial questionnaires and documents, call the Education Abroad Advising Center at 545-5247 (between 10 – 4, Monday – Friday) to request an appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor for Asia. 

ALSO, start thinking about which faculty you will ask for recommendations, as each of the Japanese universities will require some additional FACULTY recommendations.  SUGGESTION:  Go to see your faculty during their office hours and tell them about your strong interest in study abroad, particularly in Japan, so that they can get to know you more.  Ask them about their international experiences, ask if they have any advice for you as you try to determine what university and which semester is best for you.  Chat with them at the end of class in order to give them another opportunity to get to know you.

Kansai Gaidai Ken-do

During your appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor, you will discuss the best program for your goals, and your study abroad application will be moved into the "Pending" phase for the UMass Amherst Japan Exchange Program if you decide to go ahead with applying to any of our Japan exchanges. (If you decide to apply to one of the non-UMass programs, your application will be moved into the "Pending" phase for that program.)   You will now be able to see all the application requirements for the UMass exchange programs listed on your UMass Abroad account, and these must be completed by the stated deadlines.

Deadlines for UMASS Japan Exchange Program application:

  • Spring applicants: October 10, except Nanzan University (due July 15), (no spring semester applications accepted for ICU), 
  • Fall or Year applicants: January 10 (no fall semester applications accepted for Hokkudai, Sophia or ICU)

Applications for the UMass exchanges will be reviewed by the Study Abroad Advisor for Asia and the Chief Undergraduate Advisor for Japanese, and applicants will be interviewed.  Students who are accepted, will have their "Japan Exchange Program" application transferred to the appropriate Japanese university in the UMass Abroad system. Students will then see additional documents including specific instructions for applying to your university. Deadlines for completion of these requirements will vary depending on the Japanese university.


Students applying to be an exchange student at several of the Japanese universities must provide evidence of adequate financial resources to cover living expenses, which are approximately between US$12,000 - $16,000 for a year OR $6,000 - $8,000 for a semester. Note that you nor your parents don't have to explicitly intend to spend these funds on your living expenses; you must just show that they are available.  If you depend on grants or scholarships to cover your educational costs, please scroll down to the next heading.

The financial documentation requirement is a reciprocal arrangement between the U.S. and Japan; Japanese students seeking to enter the U.S. as exchange students must also show evidence of their ability to pay for living expenses.

When completing forms for your particular Japanese university, you and your family will be required to provide documentation from a financial institution (such as a bank) showing that you or your parents have an account that contains (at least) the amounts listed above.  The account can be in the student's name, the parent's name, guardian or grandparent's name.

The types of accounts that satisfy this requirement are:  regular checking/savings accounts, money market account, mutual fund or retirement account.  (Mortgage statements or home equity line of credit are NOT acceptable.)  The key requirements for this financial evidence are:

1)  it must be on letterhead of the financial institution, not a computerized quarterly report;

2)  it must be an original document signed by a real person.


You should still show this information to your parent/guardian and talk over your family's financial situation to see if there is any way to satisfy this requirement yourselves.  If you receive scholarships and grants, it is possible to request a letter from the Financial Aid Office to satisfy this requirement.

You should also check the scholarship program websites listed on our site under "Finances & Scholarships" and apply for all you qualify for.  If you receive one of the generous scholarships (e.g. Gilman) you will be able to use the award to satisfy PART of this requirement. 

Parents should feel free to contact the Advisor for Asia with any questions or concerns about the financial documentation requirement.  Call 413-545-2710 and ask for the Advisor for Asia.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA