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Study Abroad at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo

Dates | Costs | Location | Activities | Courses | Language | Eligibility
Housing and Meals | Application | Visa |
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Aoyama Gakuin University is located in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1874 and has a current student population of approximately 19,372. It is home to 9 academic departments including courses in literature, education, psychology, economics, law, business, politics, and cultural studies.  Aoyama Gakuin strives to provide academic programs which enhance world views, connect people, and cultivate human resources to build a better society.

Click here for more information about Aoyama Gakuin

Visit the International Student Office website at AGU here.

Dates


Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Semester: September to January

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: Early April - End of July

Costs


Students will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in Japan. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change.

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All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees

$3,397

International Health Insurance

$265

Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee

$300

TOTAL Program Fee

$3,962

 

Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing and Meals

$6,500

Airfare

$2,000

Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations

$240

In-country Health Insurance

n/a

Texts/Course Materials

$365

Essential Daily Living Expenses
(some expenses included in “Housing” section above)

$1,000

TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)

$10,105

Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)

$1,500 - $2,500

The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Not that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.


NOTE:
Aoyama Gakuin offers scholarships to students from partner schools. The scholarships are worth 100,000 yen per year (approx. $1,100). Additionally, exchange students can work part time (28 hours per week) either on-campus or off-campus. Approximately 60% of exchange students at Aoyama Gakuin obtain part-time work.

Location


Tokyo is Japan’s capital and largest city. It is home to more than 12 million people. In Tokyo, one will explore how the deep rooted traditions of Japanese society are maintained and have evolved into the world’s most high tech and fast paced city. In a day, one can explore Edo castle and the historical relics of its museum, be amazed by the latest inconceivable architectural achievements, and shop for the next fashion or technological trend before it hits the U.S. 

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Activities


Upon arrival students will be assigned an AGU faculty adviser and a Japanese student tutor who will help with acclimation to life in Tokyo. Students have the opportunity to get involved with more than 120 athletic or general interest clubs. The international office provides 2 monthly social events or excursions for international students.

Click here for more information about student activities available at AGU.

Courses


Students have the opportunity to take intensive Japanese language courses along with courses taught in English. Aoyama Gakuin currently offers literature, politics, economics, business, and cultural courses taught in English. Students with an advance level of Japanese language proficiency may take a variety of other courses taught in Japanese.

Click here for listing of courses taught in English

Language of Instruction


Japanese and English

Eligibility and Availability


This program is open to all majors. Three to four UNC students can participate each semester. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year.

To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and must completed at least two semesters of courses at UNC. Students must also have completed the equivalent of one year college Japanese to be eligible.

Housing and Meals


AGU will help students arrange housing in student dormitories. The dormitories are located in Tokyo about 40-50 minutes by train ride from campus. Students are separated into male and female dorms. Students will live in single rooms with other Japanese students living in the dorm. Rooms are equipped with a private shower sink, bed, bedding (men only), desk, chair, air conditioner, telephone, shelf, and desk lamp. Internet connection is included with the cost for men only. Women will be assessed additional fees. Kitchen and laundry facilities are shared. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining rooms Monday-Saturday. Students may purchase lunch at the campus cafeteria.

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Application


Students must first complete the UNC study abroad application and AGU application, which they can obtain from their study abroad advisor.

Visa


Students will need to apply for a Long-term visa. They will apply for the visa in person at the Japanese Consulate located in Denver.

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Photos


WaterfallWaterfall in Aomori (Photo courtesy of Laura London)

Tokyo TowerTokyo Tower (Photo courtesy of Laura London)

Pagoda Park
Pagoda Park in Tokyo (Photo courtesy of Laura London)

Mt. FujiMt. Fuji (Photo courtesy of Laura London)

SushiThe traditional Japanese dish of sushi (Photo courtesy of Laura London)

FloatsNebura floats in Aomori, Japan (Photo courtesy of Laura London)
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