Study in Japan

page last updated Spring 2024



Through the UH Mānoa International Exchange (MIX) program, students have a choice of over twenty universities in Japan to study on exchange ranging from Hokkaido University in north Tokyo to the University of the Ryukyus (Okinawa) in the south.  On the MIX program, students earn credits at the partner university in Japan and transfer credits back to UHM  A few universities offer summer programs.  Please see website for information and applications:


The University of Hawai’i belongs to the consortium of sixteen universities that jointly sponsors the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC). IUC offers an intensive ten-month training program in advanced Japanese language study that starts in September and ends in early June. The program is designed to bring each participant to a level of proficiency sufficient for academic or professional use. Training focuses on development of the ability to converse in Japanese on specialized subjects, to comprehend and deliver public presentations, and to read and write materials in Japanese in order to function professionally in academia, business, government, and other fields. The workload does not permit time for individual dissertation research or other research work.

For more information, e-mail the Inter-University Center, Standford Administrative Office;  email:; web:


The UHM Study Abroad Center, in a consortium agreement with the University of Illinois-Urbana, conducts the Year-in-Japan Program at Konan University (Kobe). Students attend University of Hawai’i at Manoa-accredited language and content courses at the International Exchange Center on the campus of Konan University. Applications are due March 1. There is also a six-week summer program at Konan University in which students earn language credits at the intermediate level only (JPN 211-212). Applications for the summer program are due February 17.

The Center also has the study abroad program in Machida (Tokyo), which was established in 2004. Students have the opportunity to study Japanese language and Japanese content courses (in English) in areas such as politics, history, and literature for an academic year or the Spring Semester. The program is coordinated by J.F. Oberlin University. Applications for an academic year are due on March 1 and those for the Spring Semester are due on October 15.

For information and applications, contact Dr. Sarita Rai, Director, at (808) 956-5143 (Moore 115); email:; web:


The Honda International Center for the UH Community Colleges located on the campus of Kapiolani Community College offers student exchange opportunities in Japan. The programs offered are as follows; Kansai University, Aichi University, Osaka Gakuin University, Monbukagakusho Scholarship and The Freeman Foundation Community College Program.


In 2018, Sophia University the Summer Session in East Asian Studies and Japanese Language program. It consists of Summer Session 1 and Summer Session 2. These are a four-week academic program each. This program provides participants with opportunities to take part in an East Asian studies program and an intensive Japanese language program in both sessions.

Mailing address:

Center for Global Discovery
Sophia University
7-1, Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo JAPAN 102-8554

Email Address
Summer Session 1:
Summer Session 2:


For Sophia Summer Session, contact Dr. Gay Satsuma ( at the Center for Japanese Studies, Moore 216, 808-956-2664.


BUSINESS (Asian Field Study Program)

The Shidler College of Business offers business students an Asian Field Study Program with opportunities to study at three Japanese universities. Programs at Keio University in Yokohama and Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy are open to graduate students, and a program at Waseda University in Tokyo is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. For the latest information about the program, please visit their website at:

MEDICINE (Global Health/Medicine Programs)

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has exchange agreements with several organizations throughout the world, including Japan. For a full and updated list of the exchange opportunities, please visit their website at: