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 日本.
Applications for 2013-2014 are now available!
Fill out the following application (if you'd like a copy, or can't complete it all in one go, Save-As onto your own computer or drive), print it out, and sign it. Everything on the application (including the essay questions) should be completed in English.
You'll also need three professional or academic references; you can find a link to our reference form here.
Applications are due by 5pm on Monday, 3 December 2012.
All application materials should be delivered or sent to:
International Programs & Initiatives
Exchange and Study Abroad
University of Alaska Fairbanks
215 Eielson Building
P.O. Box 757760
Fairbanks, AK 9977-7760
All applicants will be notified of the results of their applications by 1 February 2013.
UAF’s four main exchange programs are:
Hokkaido University of Education (HUE)
Nagoya Gakuin University (NGU)
Nagoya , Aichi Prefecture
Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
Direct Enrollment Exchange Program (DEEP)
In addition, exchange or study abroad placement is available at:
Kitami Institute of Technology (KIT)
Kitami , Hokkaido
Osaka Gakuin University (OGU)
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
Beppu, Oita Prefecture
Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
Junior Year Program in English (JYPE)
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
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:
- Class fees
- Health Insurance
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.