The IE3 Global exchange program at Aoyama Gakuin University provides students with exceptional opportunities to integrate into life at a Japanese University. In addition to intensive Japanese language programs, AGU offers a comprehensive range of topical coursework taught in English and in Japanese.
The IE3 Global exchange program at Aoyama Gakuin University, located in the famous downtown Tokyo district of Shibuya, provides students with exceptional opportunities to integrate into life at a Japanese University. Students at AGU intensively study Japanese while also participating in a range of subject-based coursework taught in English. For students who are highly proficient, courses taught in Japanese are also available. Program participants typically live in student dormitories alongside students from a number of Japanese universities and commute to campus.
Students also have the option of studying at AGU’s second campus in the quieter Tokyo suburb of Sagamihara through the School of Global Studies and Collaboration, which includes courses in Japanese culture, history, regional development, geography, and other topics; students at the Sagamihara campus can also enroll in introductory Japanese language coursework. The Sagamihara campus is about located about 45 minutes from central Tokyo by train.
Students at Aoyama Gakuin University typically enroll in four credits of Japanese language plus approximately ten credits in other subject-based coursework during a semester. AGU offers a broad range of classes in English spanning several fields of study, and different courses are available depending on if students choose to study at the Aoyama or Sagamihara campus. Students can enroll in Japanese courses from the introductory through advanced levels.
The current list of courses at the Aoyama and Sagamihara campuses is available here.
This program is open to undergraduate students in any major. To be eligible, students must meet the following minimum requirements before departure:
Students must continue to make satisfactory academic progress throughout the application process and during their study abroad program, and otherwise comply with policies and procedures of the host university, IE3 Global, and their home university International Programs Office. If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements, please consult with your home campus contact person before applying.
IE3 Global Participants on the Aoyama campus typically reside in AGU’s International House. This co-ed dormitory combines the privacy of single rooms with the connectivity of a residence hall housing International and Japanese students in the desirable area around Musashi-Kosugi station. The common space in AGU’s I-House includes a gym, rooftop garden, and a cafeteria. Housing fees include breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and each floor has a kitchen for students who wish to cook on their own.
Students who will be studying at AGU’s Sagamihara campus also typically reside in an International House dormitory conveniently located adjacent to campus. The Sagamihara I-House does not include a meal plan, and students prepare their own food in a shared kitchen space, eat in restaurants near campus, or purchase food at campus food establishments.
Students may also choose to arrange their own accommodations in apartments, share houses, or homestays.
Aoyama Gakuin has a dedicated International Center with English-speaking staff and faculty who provide excellent orientation and advising for students at AGU. The university also facilitates a Buddy system, pairing new international students with local student volunteers who provide peer support and insight into navigating Tokyo and the university. The International Center hosts “chat rooms” for English-speakers learning Japanese (and vice-versa) as an avenue to build language skills and cultural connections, and IE3 Global participants can join these chat rooms as Japanese learners or English leaders.
In addition to AGU’s resources, IE3 Global has an experienced staff member at the Oregon Japan Study Center at Waseda University, who available year-round to support students and help introduce them to Japan.
IE3 Global seeks to make its exchange programs affordable and accessible. For detailed information regarding the program budget (both the program fee and an estimate of personal expenses), please click on the following:
The program fee includes academic and administrative fees, room and board, orientation expenses, on-site support, and health and accident insurance. The program fee does not include airfare, campus-based fees and personal expenses such as local transportation, textbooks, laundry, recreation (including travel), personal supplies and incidental expenses.
“Things I definitely do not want to forget:
1. What made me laugh out loud: Friends in Shibuya
2. What brought tears to my eyes: Getting hit in the head during kendo practice with no head gear
3. My greatest personal insight: Japanese mannerisms and boundaries
4. My biggest cultural faux pas: meeting a student that I thought can speak English but was actually a Japanese student
5. My biggest cultural success: Meeting a friend at the start and the end of my study abroad and learning how much better my Japanese has gotten” - Lance Umagat, 2016
Fall/Winter: March 1
Fall/Winter/Spring: March 1
Spring: October 15
Spring/Fall/Winter: October 15
- Sophomore or higher
- Institutional GPA of 2.75 or above
- No Language Requirement