Exchange Program-Japan

Exchange & Study Abroad


Aoyama Gakuin Information



Selah Chung

B.A. Integrated Multimedia

Aoyama Gakuin University Fall 2016

Getting the opportunity to study and live in Tokyo, Japan was an unforgettable experience that was challenging, eye-opening, and incredibly personally rewarding. I got to know people from all around the world, and got to experience both traditional Japanese and international culture. I fell in love with the people, lifestyle, language, and art of Tokyo natives, and I know that no matter where I go from here on, I’ll always carry a piece of Japan with me. My advice: travel as much as you can! You’ll see amazing things, meet amazing people, and find a bit of yourself wherever you go.

Aoyama Gakuin University

About Aoyama Gakuin University: Aoyama Gakuin University was first established in 1874 by missionaries. The university today has two campuses and over twenty thousand students are currently enrolled. This university offers facilities such as computer center, library, and several language laboratories. In addition to offering facilities, AGU offers school clubs to help immerse the student in Japanese culture. Student will gain insight to Japanese culture through courses and daily experience in Japan. Students who want to learn more on Aoyama Gakuin University can find more information at the official university website. There are two campuses- Aoyama Campus which is the main campus at the heart of Tokyo, and Sagamihara Campus in Kanagawa Prefecture. Please note that some forms (For example: Application for Certificate of Eligibility, Housing Application Form) differ according to which campus the student applies for.

Location:  Aoyama Campus: Tokyo, Japan or Sagamihara Campus: Sagamihara, Japan

Website: or for more information regarding exchange: click here.

Application Information: The application deadline for Fall 2015 is April 30, 2015. The application materials can now be downloaded from (English page)

Please be sure to send all documents (Except for “Application for Certificate of Eligibility”. Students need to submit this via email. See attachment for directions.) by post to us.

Mailing Address: Naoko Matsuki, International Exchange Center, Aoyama Gakuin University, 4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8366, JAPAN

Academics Available: AGU is open to all majors. Aoyama campus is best for students who are majoring in Literature, Economics, Law, Business, International Politics, Economics & Communication, Education, Psychology & Human Studies, Cultural & Creative Studies with two years or longer of Japanese language studies. Sagamihara campus is best for students who are majoring in Science & Engineering, Social Informatics, Global Studies and Collaboration with one or less years of Japanese language studies. Our online course search system ( currently has course listing for 2014.

New Program in English: From Fall 2015, we have a brand new academic department called School of Global Studies and Collaboration, at our Sagamihara campus (just over 1 hour from Aoyama campus). This school has Japan Studies Program, where they offer various courses on Japan-related topics in English, along with Japanese classes for beginners. While the departments at Aoyama campus requires JLPT N5 or equivalent Japanese level, Japan Studies Program does not require any Japanese language ability.

Dates to Remember:


Application Due

Study Abroad Dates

Fall Semester

April 30  

September 12- February 2

Spring Semester

November 15

April 2 - August 4

* Fall Semester is not available due to conflicts with our academic calendar. You may only choose between attending Spring Semester or Full Year at this university.

* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

For 2014 Academic Calendar click here.

Summer Program (July 2015): We will have 18-days Summer Program on Cool Japan this summer (July 13 to 31)! If your students are interested in learning about topics including Kabuki, Kawaii culture, animation, fashion and current lifestyle of Japan in the heart of Tokyo, please inform them about our program: 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must have taken at least one semester of Japanese
Application Procedure:
  • Complete the Student Abroad Inquiry Form to schedule a meeting Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor to figure out your remaining HPU degree requirements.
  • Select a Partner School or Program that has courses, which can fill your degree requirements.
  • Complete the HPU Study Abroad Application
  • Complete the Partner School or Program’s admissions application
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university of program’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Course Request Approval (CRA) to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

Scholarship: Aoyama University offers an International Exchange Foundation Scholarship for 100,000 yen in total. It is only offered to those who are on a student visa and the receipients will be chosen based on the academic standings of their home university, the information on the application, and their interview in Japanese. All exchange students will be informed about the details before the scholarship application period.

Health Insurance: Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students.  HPU recommends health insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for students study abroad. There is more information medical coverage and rates of CISI health insurance at

Housing Accommodations: Aoyama University offers on-campus housing for their exchange students. The rooms are furnished. Meal plans may be available for the male dorms. Female dorms does not provide meals but instead is equipped with a kitchen facility. Participants can find more information on amenities and housing by clicking here.

For exchange students at Aoyama campus, we have off-campus dormitories (female: Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo; male: Komae-shi, Tokyo). For students at Sagamihara campus, we don’t have dormitories available, but there is a new sharehouse opened recently right across from the campus. For these information, please see our Housing Information handbook:

Visa Information: U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and on line at You will find detailed information on the student visa process at

Application documents can be downloaded from the website below:

* Please note that the Application for Certificate of Eligibility needs to be submitted by email attachment (in Excel form, not PDF).

HPU Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-9326, Fax: 1-808-544-9355

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