Exchange Program-Japan

Momoyama Gakuin University

About Momoyama Gaukin University
The predecessor of Momoyama Gakuin University (MGU) was established in 1869 by the Church Missionary Society of England and therefore has St. Andrew's University as its English name. The modern university was founded in 1959 and in 1995 moved to its new campus in Izumi, in the Osaka suburbs. Each June, MGU invites students from its sister schools to participate in a Language and Culture Program.

Location: Osaka, Japan

Website: or for more information regarding exchange: click here. For a PDF with more general information click here.

Academics Available:  

Japanese language classes (elementary level only, 3 hours each morning), plus afternoon lectures on contemporary Japan or participation in cultural activities. Each student is paired with a Japanese language partner. Weekend excursions to sites in Osaka and neighboring Kyoto, the old imperial capital, are also scheduled.

Dates to Remember:


Application Due

Study Abroad Dates

Fall Semester

April 1st

September - January

Spring Semester

November 3rd

March - July

Summer Semester See Melissa Matsubara See Melissa Matsubara

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

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
  • Completion of at least one course in Japanese with a B average, or higher.

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’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.

Health Insurance: Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students. Effective Fall 2013 Momoyama requires all international exchange students to purchase a special insurance policy before arriving in Japan. For more information click here.

Housing Accommodations:  Students stay with host families, located near the MGU campus or in dormitories. Breakfast and dinner is taken with the host family. In the dormitories, housing is about $3500/ semester. For more information click here.

Visa Information: Student exchange participants apply for a student visa through the Consulate General of Japan, 1742 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI (phone: 543-3111). Website: and http://travel.state.govYou will find detailed information on the student visa process at

U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and online at

Additional information about living in Japan:

**Note: MGU has implemented a 30,000 yen fee [approx $400] for incoming exchange students. This fee covers airport pickup, bed linens, and trips and activities.   MGU staff will meet incoming students at Kansai International Airport if the students arrive during the designated period.

***Note: Participants pay, upon arrival at MGU, a 120,000 yen (in cash) program fee directly to MGU, which covers host family accommodations with two meals per day, public transportation fee from host family location to campus, field trips, cultural programs and texts.

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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