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Example of a University Accepting Short-term Exchange Students [Kyusyu University]

Kyushu University is a national university with a long tradition dating back to 1911 when it was founded as the fourth imperial university in Japan. It is located in northern Kyushu with its headquarters in Fukuoka City, a city of 1.4 million. Located halfway between Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai, Fukuoka is the gateway to other parts of Asia such as South Korea and China. There are currently 1,995 foreign students studying at the university.

Name Kyushu University
Location of Headquarters Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Founded 1911 as Kyushu Imperial University
No. of Undergraduate and Graduate Schools 12 undergraduate and 18graduate schools
No. of Partner Institutions 11,705 undergraduate and 7,026 graduate students (as of Nov 1, 2010)
No. of Partner Institutions nter-university agreements with 108 institutions in 25 countries
Departmental agreements with 99 institutions in 28 countries
No. of Foreign Students Total of 1,995 students (as of Nov 1, 2010)
414 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship students
116 exchange students
34 JASSO International Student Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan students
6 Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Program students
Academic Calendar http://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/english/university/calender.php
Website Kyushu University: http://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/english/index.php
Foreign student related: http://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/intlweb-e/index.htm

Student Exchange

Conditions for studying as an exchange student are that the university where you are enrolled has an academic exchange agreement with this university and that you have passed Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Procedures for becoming an exchange student conforms to standard procedures, but please check with the university you are enrolled in for details.

Short-term Study Programs for Foreign Students

1. Japan in Today's World Program

Japan in Today's World (JTW) is a short-term study program centering on departmental exchange students who have been selected and dispatched by overseas institutions which have academic exchange agreements with Kyushu University. Students participate in specialized instruction in English for one semester or one year with a focus on courses or independent research.
See http://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/jtw/index.htm for details.

2. Japanese Language and Culture Course

The Japanese Language and Culture Course (JLCC) accepts 20 students per academic year (typically Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship students) and offers courses on the Japanese language, Japan affairs, etc. as well as opportunities for supervised research.
See http://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/jlcc/en/ for details.

3. Asia in Today's World Program

Asia in Today's World (ATW) is a six-week summer program that accepts undergraduates and graduates from overseas universities. It provides specialized courses on the past, present and future of Asia, including Japan, as well as Japanese language training courses.
See: http://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/atw/ for details.

Student Dormitories

Kyushu University's International Student House can accommodate all short-term study students.

Support for Foreign Students

Kyushu University has counseling rooms where students can consult about matters related to their life or studies. At the same time, collaboration is made with education officials for foreign students at each department and academic advisers to resolve any issues. Orientation is provided for new foreign students as well as various events to help the student adapt early on to life as a university student in Japan. The university also aims to provide a system for supporting foreign students through exchange with volunteers both on and off campus. Regarding short-term study students, a student tutor is assigned to each student as a basic rule to provide support, including consultations regarding daily life.

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