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  • Locations: Kagoshima, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: SJSU Bilateral Exchange Class Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Language Requirement: None
Housing Options: On-Campus Housing GPA Requirement: 2.75
Eligible Majors & Concentrations: Asian Studies, Global Studies, Japanese How competitive is admission to this program?: Not Competitive
Program Description:
     Kagoshima City Sunset
This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and Kagoshima University.
  • Take courses in Japanese and English
  • Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses.
  • Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees.
  • Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships.
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese culture 
  • Study for one semester or an academic year.
  • Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school.

Kagoshima, Japan
Kagoshima Prefecture is located on the southern tip of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands.The landscape is blessed with a rich and diverse natural beauty.  While the northern reaches of the prefecture are defined by the magnificent Kirishima mountain range (the mythological birthplace of Japan), the real jewel in the crown is the spectacular active volcano Sakurajima that stands proudly across the bay from Kagoshima city itself.The wondrous sight of this huge volcano in such proximity to the city, coupled with the bay location and balmy climate, has earned Kagoshima the nickname "Naples of the Eastern World.". The city is certainly a stunning place to live, study or visit. With wide, tree-lined avenues spreading out from the central station towards the tranquil bay, it is a picture-perfect modern city that maintains all of the charm and tradition of its rich heritage. Nearby attractions of particular note include Yakushima Island, a World Heritage Site, which gained international recognition not only for its unique ecosystem, but also thanks to the famous animation "Princess Mononoke", which drew its inspiration from the spectacular terrain of the island.

Kagoshima Engineering BuildingUNIVERSITY FACTS
Kagoshima University, established in 1949, is the largest national university in the southern Kyushu region of Japan. The University consists of nine faculties and ten graduate schools located on three campuses: Korimoto Campus, Sakuragaoka Campus and Shimoarata Campus. There are approximately 9,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students including 300 international students.

  • Students must:be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure,
  • have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure,
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • there is no language requirement, however, a placement test will be given to those students wanting to take intermediate or advanced Japanese Language Courses

    Kagoshima Students Studying

Study Japan Program (SJP)
Kagoshima University offers international exchange students a program which aims at establishing a solid foundation in Japanese language and culture, called the 'Study Japan Program' (SJP).   It is a language intensive program focusing on speaking, listening reading and writing Japanese and is strongly recommended for students majoring or minoring in Japanese at SJSU.  While the program focuses mostly on Japanese language classes, it also emphasizes the importance of understanding Japanese culture with some classes taught in English.

Website for Course List: Kagoshima SJP Classes
Fall Semester: Oct – March (Please note: we do not recommend students to study abroad during the Fall semester only as classes continue into March)
Spring Semester:  Early April – Early August 

Kagoshima StudentsJapanese Student Tutors: Each new international student at Kagoshima University will be paired with a Japanese student tutor. Your tutor will be chosen by your academic advisor and will be hired by the university to assist you in the various entrance procedures, showing you around the area and generally helping you adjust to your new life in Kagoshima.

Student Clubs: One of the best ways to connect with local students is by joining a student club. Kagoshima University offers a wide variety of student cultural, academic, music, and athletic clubs.  Check them out online:

Kagoshima Field Trip SENGANENGlobal Language Space: is a group dedicated to bringing international and local Japanese students together to learn about each other’s’ languages and cultures. The Global Language Space holds several events and activities including: Foreign Language Learning Study Groups, International Quiz Night, and Japanese Traditional Dancing.

International Student Field Trips: International students may have the chance to join the trip to the UNESCO World Heritage designated island of Yakushima whilst in Kagoshima. Located just a short ferry ride from the city, Yakushima is world renowned for it lush rainforests, towering Japanese cedars and unique wildlife.

International Students will live at Kagoshima University’s International Residence Hall also known as ‘kaikan’. Kaikan has 3 separate buildings and while each individual room is furnished, size and facilities of each are slightly different with rent ranging from 4,700 – 25,000 yen per month
    Kagoshima Senganen Garden
**These costs are current as of 2018–19. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses do vary between students: those who eat out at restaurants or plan to travel frequently should estimate higher.
  • SJSU Tuition & Fees: $3,900.00
  • Round Trip Transportation: $1,500.00
  • Single Room & Meals: $1,800.00
  • Books & Supplies: $150.00
  • Insurance  $450 (*Includes SJSU & Japanese National Health Insurance Mandatory Heath Insurance)
  • Personal Expenses: $1,500.00
  • Total $9,300.00
*Health Insurance: All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through JCB Insurance Solutions.  Additionally, students are required to have Japanese national health insurance on this program. 
Financial Aid: Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified.  For more information Click Here.

Scholarships: Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by Clicking Here.