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Aoyama Gakuin University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Spring
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Japanese Language Requirement: 2 years Japanese
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
Aoyama Gakuin University

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Aoyama Gakuin University’s history dates from 1874 when Methodist Episcopal missionaries from the US established three small schools.  The institution took its present form in 1949 when AGU was established as a comprehensive university.  Today, the central Tokyo campus enrolls a total of 19,362 students, 314 of which are international students.  

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: Japanese, English
Language requirement: two years college-level Japanese prior to exchange
University website:  www.aoyama.ac.jp/en/
Length of  exchange:  spring semester or academic year
Learn more about Japan with the CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ja.html

 
Academics
Most classes at AGU are conducted in Japanese. UM students must have obtained a 3.0 or better in their Japanese classes in order to participate in this exchange.  Students usually follow courses in Japanese language and culture, but other classes are available depending on the student’s language proficiency.  AGU also offers classes in English in International Politics, Literature, Economics, Business, and Law and a list of these classes can be found at:  http://web.iec.aoyama.ac.jp/english/exchange/classes.html

Housing & Meals
Students can stay in dorms provided by AGU, or arrange their own apartments or home stays (through private sources). There are male and female dorms, each located about one hour from campus.  Meals are provided in cafeterias in the dorms, and kitchens are also located on most dorm floors. 

Cost Information
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and pay their room and board to AGU.  Dorms cost ¥67.500/month, and food costs about ¥32,600/month. A student visa for study in Japan costs ¥3,000 for single entry.  UM financial aid may apply for tuition, living, and travel expenses while on this program.  
Credit Transfer
Students register for classes upon arrival at AGU.  One AGU credit is equivalent to one UM credit.  Students must be full-time and must transfer a minimum of 12 credits per semester back to UM. 

Program Dates
UM students may apply for the Spring semester or the full year.   
Spring Semester: April to August
Fall Semester: mid- September to  February




Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 04/01/2015 07/15/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.