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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: NWU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Dorm, Homestay Areas of Study: Business, Communication, Economics, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Japanese, Political Science
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

Study for a Semester in Japan!

Aoyama winter wonderland
Founded in 1949, Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) is widely recognized as one of the leading private universities in Japan.  AGU is a values-based university that aims to cultivate students who can connect to the world and contribute locally and internationally as “Salt of the Earth, Light of the World.” Students can participate in a variety of clubs including track, baseball, and a jazz orchestra. AGU welcomes a diverse array of international students every year and demonstrates a strong commitment to them by offering a series of events like tea leaf harvesting, sumo watching, and more. Studying abroad at AGU promises an individual and immersive student experience.
Studying in Tokyo allows students to discover the heart of Japanese political, commercial, and cultural life. Tokyo is a colorful and global city with a population of 9 million people, bustling with a rich and energetic culture that manifests itself through art, museums, markets, temples, shrines, restaurants, and gardens. The stunning skyline and equally-beautiful surrounding landscape attracts visitors from around the world. NWU students have the option of studying at either AGU’s Aoyama campus or its Sagamihara Campus. The Aoyama campus offers all departments while Sagamihara campus offers the Japanese Studies Program.
Academic Calendar
Fall semester (September-January)
Spring Semester (April-July)
*Usually available for only one semester for the exchange program
Aoyama Tokyo night
NWU students choose between three types of housing at Aoyama Gakuin University: a dormitory, a “share house,” or a homestay.

Housing costs will not be billed through NWU.  Students will submit their housing payment directly to AGU.
Students receive their own room that includes shoe storage, 3-level shelves, a desk, a chair, a mini-refrigerator, and a bathroom.
Share Houses
In Japan ‘share houses’ generally refer to houses shared by three or more people, most of whom are travelers/students/workers from overseas. Share houses are fully furnished and are under monthly contract, making it easy to move in and out.
No meals are provided.
“Homestay in Japan” is a program that arranges host families all over Japan. They can arrange a host family for short-term, long-term or even weekend visits. The homestay fee includes a single room, breakfast and dinner Monday-Friday and three meals on Saturdays and Sundays.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Everything that helps you pay for NWU will still help you pay for your study abroad at AGU.

PLUS AGU is an Exchange program, so students who choose this institution qualify to apply for an NWU Education Abroad Grant.

Apply for an NWU Education Abroad Grant and learn about other study abroad scholarships.

Program Costs
Program costs paid to NWU – students pay NWU tuition and fees for the semester(s) of exchange.

Estimated Additional Costs
Airfare $1,000-$1,500
1Housing $3200
2Meals $2,100-$3,100
3Essential Living Expenses $1,000-$1,500
Books and Materials $125-250
4Local Transportation $250-$750
Insurance $235-$650
Visa (for US Citizens) $0
Passport $135
Estimated Total Additional Expenses                  $8,045-$11,085
5Personal Travel and Spending $1,000-2,000

1Housing expenses vary by where students choose to live.  Home stays include 16 meals/week.  Dorms/share houses do not include food and for some dorms utilities cost extra. AGU does not make the housing arrangements – housing is the responsibility of the student. All housing is off campus.
2Students staying in home stays should budget at the lower end of the meals estimate. Students living in dorms or ‘share houses’ should budget at the higher end.
3Essential living expenses include, but are not limited to, toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, etc.

4Personal Travel and Spending amounts vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that "additional costs" above are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc.  Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. When planning for estimated additional costs, students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  Please visit AGU's website and email for additional information about estimated costs. 
AGU offers Japanese courses for all levels and over 100 courses taught in English. The Japanese courses for exchange students are as follows:
  • Japanese: 4 classes per week (1 credit)
  • Japanese Culture and Society: 1 class per week (2 credits)
  • Japanology: 1 class per week (2 credits)
Students are required to take at least 14 credits per semester to maintain student visa status.
For more detailed course information, please contact the Office of Global Engagement and review AGU’s website.

Japanese language requirements
There is no Japanese language requirement for Aoyama Gakuin. 
By the time they arrive in Japan, students who want to study the Japanese language must be able to at least use the two phonetic alphabets: Hiragana and Katakana.  
Outside the Classroom
Students who get involved beyond the classroom will expand their knowledge about Japan significantly. AGU offers students more than 120 cultural and sports clubs on campus. There are two different types of clubs offered: athletic and hobby clubs. AGU provides support services such as advisers and tutors for students who have questions regarding their studies or any aspect of life in Japan. Just like at NWU, students will need to balance their involvement outside the classroom with their academics so that they are still able to succeed in their classes. AGU’s International Exchange Center holds various social events and get-togethers throughout the year, allowing international students to thoroughly interact with the AGU community.
Japan Mt. Fuji
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st.  After opening, the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page.  The AGU application has a 2-part application process so students are encouraged to complete their NWU application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply, please email

This program is currently not accepting applications.