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JAPAN

LOCATION

Nishihara, Okinawa, JAPAN

Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture in Japan, is comprised of about 160 islands and has a population of roughly 1.4 million. Throughout its history, Okinawa has been engaged in close cultural exchange with regions such as China, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, which imbued its culture with unique arts, ceremonies, and cuisine.

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ACADEMICS

Short-term Student Exchange Program (URSEP) - Open to undergraduate students in all majors. This one-year program offers content courses taught in English with basic, intermediate, and advanced Japanese language classes. The program provides a forum for international and local students to interact and to promote better understanding of each other as members of the global community.

Short-term Regular Program (STRP) - Open to undergraduate students in all majors. This program requires a fairly advanced level of Japanese proficiency. Exchange students enroll in regular university courses that are taught in Japanese. Courses in the STRP are taught in Japanese.

COURSES IN ENGLISH

Yes - The official language of URSEP is English, and the program is designed for students who do not yet speak Japanese well.

EXCHANGE STUDENT LINKS

DURATION

URSEP:

Year Early October - mid August (academic year)

STRP:

Spring Semester Early April - late July
Year Early October - late July (academic year)

HOUSING

Dormitories
Exchange students may live in the University of the Ryukyus International House. The International House consists of four buildings, one of which contains private rooms for single students and researchers, and three that are for married students and researchers. Exchange students also have the opportunity to live in the new dormitory, Shin-Konju-to. It is a place for international and Japanese students to live together. Other dormitories available are the male dormitory, Senbaru-Ryo, and the female dormitory, Konju-to.
Arrange your own housing
Students may opt to live in private off-campus apartments.

More information on housing options at University of the Ryukyus

ESTIMATED COSTS

TUITION - MIX students register as full-time students at UH Manoa and pay regular UHM tuition & fees.  Your tuition category (Resident, Non-Resident, WUE, etc., stays the same). You do not pay overseas tuition. 

LIVING EXPENSES - You are responsible for all living expenses, including health insurance, books/supplies, room & meals, personal expenses, airfare, local transportation, and any costs associated with obtaining a visa (if applicable). Below are estimates for planning purposes only; amounts are listed per semester, and will vary based on your individual needs.    

  • Health Insurance: $100-300
  • Books & Supplies: $150-250
  • Room & Meals: $3,400-4,400
  • Personal Expenses: $1,500-2,500
  • Airfare & Local Transportation: $1,400-2,000
  • Visa Expenses: $0

FINANCIAL AID - Since you are still a registered UHM student while on MIX, you continue to be eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships.  If you submit a ‘MIX Student Budget for Financial Aid Purposes’ form, UHM financial aid will take into consideration your overseas living and travel expenses when awarding your grants/loans. More info on Financial Aid & Scholarships for MIX   

National Health Insurance Program - International students residing in Japan for one semester or one year may be required to enroll in this program through their host university in Japan. Japanese National Health Insurance may not be required if students purchase adequate health insurance in their home country.

University of the Ryukyus housing cost estimates

VISA / OTHER

Visa Information - The requirements for visas vary depending upon nationality (citizenship), purpose of trip, and length of stay. As a rule, applications must be submitted in person to the Japanese Consulate. The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu has a jurisdiction covering the State of Hawaii and American Samoa. If visa applicants reside outside State of Hawaii or American Samoa, please contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate that handles visas for your area.

Once you have a valid passport and the other required documents, you will need to visit the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu and apply for a VISA. The Consulate General of Japan is located at 1742 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817 USA. Tel: 808-543-3111.

If you are studying abroad for a semester or year, please be sure to apply for a “College Student” status VISA. It is a very difficult and sometimes impossible to get your status changed later.

You will need at least the following documents when applying for your College Student status VISA:

1. Visa application form with passport photos attached (download from Consulate General website).

2. Copy of Certificate of Admission to your host university in Japan. (This is a formal letter that will be sent directly to the MIX Office. You will receive an email when it is available for pick-up.)

3. Certificate of Eligibility (Issued about two months before your departure for Japan)

4. Your valid passport

Upon Arrival in Japan - When you arrive at the airport in Japan, you will go through an Immigration Inspection. Your passport and Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence will be checked, and your residence status and your formal period of stay will be decided.

Part-time work while studying in Japan - Exchange students who are granted the 'Student' status of residence may be permitted to work part-time (up to 28 hours per week) while in Japan, as long as it does not affect their studies. To apply for permission, please fill out an "Application for Permission to Engage in Activities other than that Permitted under Status of Residence Previously Granted" when you apply for your visa. More information is available at the Immigration Bureau in Japan website.

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