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Seinan Gakuin University (Exchange)
Fukuoka, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Fields of Studies: See Program Description Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Class Standing: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate, 6. Non Traditional
Program Description:
Program Description:

Seinan Gakuin University - a Christian-based university founded in 1916 - is a humanities-focused university that offers excellent linguistic training in a richly international environment. "Seinan" literally means "southwest," as the University is located in southwestern Japan. 

Consistently ranked as one of the leading privately-funded universities in Western Japan, Seinan Gakuin maintains a long history of international exchange and cooperation. It was the first school in the country to incorporate English-language education into its curriculum as well as the first school to establish a foreign exchange program with universities overseas. This history, combined with its large number of non-Japanese faculty members, has established Seinan Gakuin as an international university steeped with a long tradition of welcoming students from other countries. Here, Japanese and foreign students study together to instill an ideal environment for future leaders in tomorrow's international society. 

The Numbers:

  • Student Population: 8,300
  • International Student Population: 45

Seinan Gakuin is located in the Momochi/Nishijin area, a sub-center of the historic and coastal city of Fukuoka with a population of 1.46 million residents. Situated on the southwestern-most island of Japan’s four major islands, Fukuoka is known as the "gateway to Asia" due to its close proximity to both the Chinese mainland and the Korean Peninsula, thus offering students an exciting environment in which to learn and grow. It is a city that has been attracting attention as an educational area with modern spirit and a cosmopolitan culture. With the third largest concentration of international students in Japan, the city enjoys a youthful vitality and atmosphere. This reputation as a student center has also brought with it a large number of diverse restaurants and a place rich in traditional Japanese friendliness and local specialties. The public transport networks throughout the city offer easy navigation both throughout the city as well to the nearby sea and mountainside. 

Fukuoka City is also conveniently located with easy access to other Asian nations (only 540 kilometers from Seoul and 870 kilometers from Shanghai, versus 1,100 kilometers to Tokyo) with a large-scale international airport, international ferry services and the largest container port in the region.


Courses Available (All Coursework in English):
Advanced Japanese
Beginning Japanese
History of Japan
Intercultural Communication
Intermediate Japanese
Japanese Business  Management
Japanese Culture Japanese Literature Japanese Psychology and Society
Japanese Politics Natural World of Japan Religion
Traditional Culture in Japan    

Click here for a complete list of offered courses for academic year 2018-2019.


Options Include:
  • On-Campus 
    • Single occupancy in dormitories
  • Off-Campus
    • Single occupancy in dormitories 
    • Single occupancy in apartment
  • Homestay
    • Live with a local Japanese family
Click here for a detailed look at the various accommodation options.


Estimated Cost of Attendance Per Semester: $16,606
Note: Please view the budget sheet for itemized cost details.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • 1 letter of recommendation 

If you are interested in applying or want to know more about how to apply, please visit study abroad policies and procedures by clicking here.


Useful Links:
Seinan Gakuin University Campus Map
Living in Fukuoka
Seinan Gakuin Academic Calendar 2019-2020.pdf

Program Duration: 

Semester Duration Application Deadline
Fall August to December March 15th
Spring January to May September 15th

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