Aoyama Gakuin was established in 1874 by American Methodist Missionaries and took its present form in 1949 as a private university. Located in the center of Tokyo, Aoyama Gakuin is minutes away from Tokyo’s most fashionable district, Shibuya. It also has a student population is 19,000, with approximately 350 international students. In AGU exchange program, students are not separated from local students – they are allowed to take regular courses with Japanese students with little restriction, in addition to Japanese language classes (level 1 to 6). Each exchange student is matched with a Japanese student volunteer to optimize their immersion into Japanese college life.
In principle, exchange students at AGU can take any courses at any of the colleges that they wish, in addition to the compulsory courses of Japanese language, Japanology and Japanese culture and society. In this way, exchange students can take classes among Japanese students and enjoy university life.
Students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher in a 4.0 scale.
*If you are a Japanese major or minor, you must contact Dr. Yoshiko Higarashi Education Business Administration (EBA) 323, firstname.lastname@example.org
before beginning the application process.
Some courses are taught in English (see list of disciplines offered in English in right sidebar). Most courses are taught in Japanese.
Students must have studied Japanese language for 1 year or longer and have the language ability equivalent to N5 (or Level 4) of Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Semester 1 (SDSU Fall Semester): Late September to mid February
Semester 2 (SDSU Spring Semester): Early April to mid July
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
A list of courses taught in English can be found on AGU's course list page
For a list of all courses available, visit the Lecture Search page
. (in Japanese)
Housing and Meals
AGU does not make arrangements for any guest house, apartment / room share or home-stay. If you prefer these types of accommodation, you may arrange it on your own.
To learn more about housing, go to AGU's web page on Housing Information for Exchange Students
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
For information about visa requirements visit the Japanese Consulate
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State