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Study Abroad in Aoyama, Japan

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.


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.

Activities & Excursions

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.

Learn more about Student Activities

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Students must first complete the UNC Study Abroad application. After they are nominated and accepted, the student will receive information on how to complete the AGU application.


  • Spring Deadline: September 29
  • Spring Semester: Late March - Early August



Students have the opportunity to take courses taught in either English or Japanese.

Students may take intensive Japanese language courses. Students with an advanced level of Japanese language proficiency may take a variety of other courses taught in Japanese.

Students may also currently take literature, politics, economics, business, and cultural courses taught in English.

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

Course Registration

Students will register for courses after arriving at Aoyama Gakuin during Orientation week. Those students intending to take courses in Japanese will take a placement test at this time.

Language of Instruction

  • Japanese
  • English

At Aoyama Gakuin University, 1 credit is equivalent to 1 credit at UNC.


To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • have at least a 2.75 GPA

  • have completed two semesters or 24 credits at UNC

  • have completed one year of college Japanese (recommended)


This program is open to students of all majors.

There are a limited number of spaces available each year.

Students may apply for Spring term only. Students interested in applying for a full academic year, please contact the Study Abroad Office.

  • Visa

    Students will need to apply for a Long-Term Visa. Apply for a visa in person at the Japanese Consulate in Denver.

    Learn more about visas

  • Costs

    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.

    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.

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

  • Housing & Meals

    AGU will help students arrange housing in student dormitories. The dormitories are located in Tokyo about 40-50 minutes from campus by train.

    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.

  • Program Fees (billed to student's Bear account)

    Tuition & Fees


    International Health Insurance


    Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


    Total Program Fees


  • Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student's account)

    The below 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.

    Housing & Meals




    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


    In-country Health Insurance


    Test/Course Materials
    Essential Daily Living Expenses (some expenses included in Housing/Meals above)
    Total Estimated Expenses
    Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation)