Admission to Gifu University

Exchange Student

International students, whose institutions have a student exchange agreement with Gifu University, may be admitted as exchange students. Exchange students study at a faculty, school, graduate school, or the Center for Japanese Language and Culture of Gifu University, remaining enrolled at their home institution.
For details on how to apply to come to Gifu University as an exchange student, please contact the person responsible for an exchange program at your university.

Overseas Partner Universities

Please refer to Partner Universities of Gifu University.

Type of Programs for Accepting Exchange Students

There are three programs from which you can choose in order to study at Gifu University as an exchange student: Special Research Student, Special Auditor, and Japanese Language and Culture Studies Course Student.

1. Special Research Student

Only graduate students can choose this program. You can research your topics at the graduate school and receive advice from a faculty supervisor. In general, most classes are conducted in Japanese.
Period of Study: Six months (from April to October) to one year

2. Special Auditor

Undergraduate students and graduate students can become Special Auditors. Students are placed to the most appropriate classes according to their Japanese proficiency.
Period of Study: Six months (from April to October) to one year

2-1 Special Auditor (*N2 or higher)
If the student's Japanese ability is equivalent to N2 or higher on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, the students are required to be affiliated with one of the faculties and study one academic field. They attend regular classes with Japanese students. Therefore, they are required to possess the Japanese ability equivalent to N2 or higher on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. In addition to regular classes, they can take Japanese language classes that the Center for Japanese Language and Culture offers.

2-2 Special Auditors (lower than *N2)
If the student's Japanese ability is lower than N2 on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, the students are required to be affiliated with the Center for Japanese Language and Culture and study mainly Japanese language and culture. Students are placed in the most appropriate classes according to their Japanese ability. In addition to regular classes, they can take Japanese language classes mentioned below that the Center for Japanese Language and Culture offers.

3. Japanese Language and Culture Studies Course Students (*N2 or higher)

The Center for Japanese Language and Culture provides a Japanese Language and Culture Studies Course which aims to help students understand the Japanese language and culture.
Applicants for this program are required to satisfy all the following qualifications and conditions;
1) Students are required be in the second year or above and
2) Students are required to have passed the N2 Japanese Language Proficiency Test or demonstrate equivalent proficiency in Japanese.
Period of Study: One year (starts in October)

*N2: the Japanese ability on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Application Procedures for Exchange Students

Special Research Students and Special Auditors

Application guidelines and forms are sent to partner universities at the end of September every year.
The deadlines for application to Gifu University are as follows;
April starters: Early in November
October starters: Early in April
Please note that the application should be filed via the relevant department of your home institution.
Please refer to Application for Exchange Student 2022 - 2023

Japanese Language and Culture Studies Course Students

The application forms are sent to the specific partner institutions having an academic course in which students are able to major in Japanese language and Japanese studies around the end of January, considering the student exchange agreement and the actual exchange. The deadline for application is in early March.
Note that the application should be filed via the relevant department of your home institution.

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