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Kagoshima University

Program Terms:

Spring Semester & Academic Year


Kagoshima University (KU), established in 1949, is the largest national university in the southern Kyushu region of Japan. KU has 9 faculties and 9 graduate schools with approximately 9,000 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students (including approximately 350 international students). KU has partnerships with over 150 institutions in countries around the world that enable the reciprocal exchange of students for a semester or year of study or research. KU strives to help students discover and develop their potential and ability and provide a wide-range of liberal arts and professional education to help individuals foster a spirit of initiative that capitalizes on local attributes.

Program-Specific Scholarship Available: Students are eligible to apply for a program-specific scholarship that provides a monthly stipend of 80,000 yen per month for either 5 months or 11 months (depending on program length). For more details, please see the Financial Aid & Scholarship page, under Scholarships for Specific MIX Partner Universities.

Academic Details:

Study Japan Program (SJP):

KU offers international exchange students a language intensive program which aims at establishing a solid foundation in Japanese language and culture, called the Study Japan Program (SJP). SJP focuses on speaking, listening, reading and writing Japanese with levels ranging from elementary to advanced. Students are expected to acquire the basic communicative ability of Japanese language, and academic expertise on Japanese culture and society which will lead deeper understanding of different cultures.

Special Course in International Food and Resource Sciences:

The Special Course in International Food and Resource Sciences, which consists of four lecture courses, several practicum courses and is offered in English, intends to educate students who can participate in the globalizing of the industrial society and contribute to the international community with a focus on Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and Africa. Students will acquire expertise in the field of sustainable production and the rational use of food resources while enriching their worldview and ethical sense. The faculties of Agriculture and Fisheries collaborated and established this course, which consists of an agriculture-based sub-course and a fisheries-based sub-course, where students can study both agriculture and fisheries sciences.

Housing Details:

Exchange Students will live at KU International Residence Hall (IRH) aka ‘Kaikan’. There are a number of different room options available, and each residence features different facilities including kitchens, laundry rooms, recreation rooms, meeting rooms, and more. The cost of housing a full year ranges from ~56,000 yen to 300,000 yen.


  • Sophomore standing
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum N2 on JLPT if planning to take courses taught in Japanese

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