||Autumn Semester / Academic Year
||20 - 24 UW credits per semester
||Junior standing or above by the time of departure; min. 3.0 GPA
||Preference given to students with one or more years of college level Japanese instruction; Coursework in English also available
||Shannon Quinn | firstname.lastname@example.org
||Nov 30 (Deadline for Academic Year/ Priority deadline for Spring Semester)
|May 15 (Final deadline for Spring Semester)
||Located in the heart of the Shibuya, AGU allows for integration with local students within a wide range of classes taught in Japanese and English. Exchange students are assigned to local student tutors who help with cultural acclimation.
As one of Japan's top-ranking private universities located in central Tokyo, Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) offers 23 undergraduate programs, 23 masters programs, and 21 doctoral programs in wide range of field including international politics and business, economics, communication, literature, psychology, education, law, cultural studies, arts, and history. The total enrollment is about 20,000.
With a population of more than 13 million people, Tokyo is the most populous city in the world. It has a mix of traditional and modern elements, thereby appealing to the tastes of all who visit Tokyo. The city is home to many famous temples, large public gardens, museums, and much more.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Additionally, students are encouraged to complete one or more years of college-level Japanese prior to applying for this program.
Credits and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 20 - 24 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program.
If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here
While Aoyama Gakuin University offers a wide range of university courses in Japanese and some in English, the courses offered in English are primarily for non-native English speakers. Thus, it is recommended that you take a very limited amount of these courses. You are required to take Japanese language support courses and a Japanology course but are otherwise free to take the courses in which you are interested. Note: You must sign up for all courses (for the entire time you plan to study at AGU) at the beginning of the program; no changes can be made after the drop/add deadline.
Currently there are no restrictions at Undergraduate Level provided the student is proficient in Japanese. However, at the graduate level, there are restrictions in Law, International Management and Professional Accounting.
Most courses are offered as lectures and with the exception of the Japanese language programs, the courses meet once weekly for 1.5 hours (90 minutes). As the language program is offered at the Shibuya campus, students who participate in programs on other campuses may not have access to the language courses.
Please note: There is no religious interaction or influence on AGU's academic programs.
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.
To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the Aoyama Gakuin University Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.
University Accommodations: AGU opened a new dorm in early 2017 which houses both exchange and local Japanese students. This dorm is located near Musashi Kosugi Station, which offers a direct train connection to Shibuya. It offers single rooms, each equipped with a bed, desk, closet, private bathroom, mini refrigerator, and wi-fi. The housing fee also includes a a meal plan (breakfast & dinner on weekdays). Since the space is limited, you are encouraged to apply for this housing well in advance.
Private Accommodations: Aoyama Gakuin University Housing also has tips to find housing on the private market if you are unable to obtain university housing. We strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival as finding a room after arrival is not common and housing options may be limited! Private accommodation options typically include share houses, apartments, homestays, or private student dormitories.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at email@example.com to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.