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Aoyama Gakuin University

Dates | Costs | Location | Activities | Courses | Language | Eligibility
Housing and Meals | Application | Visa

Aoyama Gakuin University is located in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1874 and has a current student population of approximately 19,400. It is home to nine 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.

Visit the International Student Office website at AGU here.


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

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


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

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

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees


International Health Insurance


Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


TOTAL Program Fee



Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing and Meals




Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


In-country Health Insurance


Texts/Course Materials


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


TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


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.  Note 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.

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.


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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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.

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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. It is strongly recommended that students have at least one year of Japanese language instruction before participating in this program.

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 2.75 GPA. Students must also have completed the equivalent of one year college Japanese to be eligible.

If students only plan to study abroad for one semester, they must apply for Spring only since Japanese semesters do not align with UNC semesters.

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. Male 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 have single rooms with their own kitchen facility. There is no meal service in the dorm. The dorm is a four-minute walk to the Ikebukuro station, which is convenient to the AGU campus.

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.

Students may also choose to stay in guest houses which they must arrange on their own.

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


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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