Based on inter-university agreements or inter-department agreements with its partners, Niigata University hosts their students for up to two semesters as exchange students.
The point of contact for most exchange programs based on inter-university agreements is our International Office. In case where a faculty or graduate school is responsible for student exchange based on an inter-university agreement, the liaison for inter-university partners will be the faculty or graduate school that hosts their exchange students.
For student exchange based on inter-department agreements, each department (faculty or graduate school) is responsible for the admission of exchange students and will be the liaison for their respective inter-department partners. Inquiries for student exchange based on an inter-department agreement should be made to the relevant faculty or graduate school.
The Program for Incoming Exchange Students at the Center for International Education, Niigata University is an inbound program that welcomes exchange students mainly from our inter-university partners and is managed by International Office. The Program aims to provide exchange students opportunities to deepen understanding and enhance knowledge about Japan, and to strengthen collaborative ties with our partners.
For coordinators in charge of student exchange:
If your liaison for student exchange is not the Center for International Education (International Office), please inquire your liaison regarding their inbound programs which are managed independently by a faculty or a graduate school. If your contact is the Center for International Education (International Office), please have your prospective exchange students prepare the application documents, and mail to the International Office by the due date shown in the application guideline.
【 Program for Fall Semester of 2021 (Starting October 2021) 】
Submission Deadline: May 14, 2021
Please read the application guideline carefully and apply through the coordinator in charge of student exchange.
Course offerings for the first (spring) semester of 2021 For other courses please search for syllabus.
Japanese Language Program
Academic Calendar English/ Japanese (Academic Year 2021)
Please prepare your Notification of Admission, Certificate of Eligibility for Resident Status, and passport, along with any other necessary documents, and apply for a visa at a Japanese diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate) in your own country. We recommend that you contact the diplomatic mission in advance and ask what documents must be submitted.
Read Visa page for further information.
Exchange students may apply for an apartment room (single room) near Ikarashi campus before arriving in Japan. Students will be responsible for paying initial fees, monthly rent, and utility fees. Details will be announced after students are admitted to NU.
After exchange students are accepted to the program, Niigata University will provide detailed information regarding mandatory pre-departure and post- arrival procedures. International students arriving in Japan must comply with rules and procedures enforced by the government of Japan under its border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Orientation Program takes place after suggested dates of arrival during the week before classes start. Orientation might be conducted remotely via Internet due to the impact of COVID-19. Japanese students will provide assistance to help exchange students in post-arrival procedures including registration at a city office, registration for courses, and shopping for daily necessities.
|Status at Home University||Purpose of Study||Status at Niigata University||Admission fees||Examination fees||Tuition (Free for fee-exempt students)|
|Undergraduate||Lecture auditing (credits offered)||"Special Auditing Student"||Free||Free||14,800yen/credit|
|Postgraduate||Lecture auditing (credits offered)||Postgraduate "Special Auditing Student"||Free||Free||14,800yen/credit|
|Research (Students are able to attend lectures with a permission of the lecturer; credits offered)||Postgraduate "Special Research Student"||Free||Free||29,700yen/month|
Exchange students can select classes from the following options:
There are no compulsory subjects. However, the Japanese Immigration Bureau's rules stipulate that international students must take taught classes or conduct research for more than 10 hours (600 minutes) per week. Since each class is 90 minutes long, students who are not undertaking research will need to take at least 7 taught classes per week.
This is a decision for your home university to make. Please be sure to consult your university about credit transfer rules before you study abroad. Niigata University confers 2 credits to students for each subject they pass (90 min x 15 times, a total of 1,350 min.) and 1 credit for each foreign language class of the same length (1,350 min.) including Japanese language classes.
Niigata University International Office
8050 Ni-no-cho Ikarashi, Nishi-ku, Niigata-shi 950-2181, Japan
Tel: +81-25-262-7627 / Fax: +81-25-262-7519