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Fukushima University is a national university founded in May 1949. It has five faculties and four graduate schools, and about 4,500 students. As a university located in the region affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear accident of March 2011, the university is actively carrying out support activities in areas struck by the disaster. In April 2022, 87 international students were enrolled in the university. The university's faculties and graduate schools are shown below.

For details of Fukushima University faculties and graduate schools, please see:https://www.fukushima-u.ac.jp/undergraduate/

Study Abroad Information

There are three ways to study abroad at Fukushima University.

1. As Privately-Financed International Students

(1) If you wish to enroll in one of the university's undergraduate faculties, you should take the entrance examination for privately-financed international students.

(2) If you wish to study in one of the university's graduate school faculties, you should take the entrance examination for the graduate school you are interested in. Details can be found on the "Entrance Exam Information" page.

(3) If you would like to be a research student, please refer to this page: Applying to be a Research Student

2. As MEXT Scholarship Students

There are three types of courses: Embassy Recommendation, University Recommendation, and Teacher Training Course, and the application process differs depending on the course.

https://english.adb.fukushima-u.ac.jp/international/mext.html

Please apply according to the procedures established by MEXT (the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).

https://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/koutou/ryugaku/06032818.htm

3. As Exchange Students

Students from universities that have a student exchange agreement with Fukushima University (and who do not have Japanese nationality or permanent residence status in Japan) can apply to be Exchange Studentss.

(1) Length of exchange

One semester or two semesters

(2) Dates of semesters

First semester: April 1 - September 30
Second semester: October 1 - March 31 (of the following year)

(3) Application deadline

For April enrolment: By October 31 of the previous year
For October enrolment: By April 30

(4) Application method

Please apply through the department in charge of international exchange at your home university. For more information, please contact the department in charge of international exchange at your home university.
Exchange Studentss are allowed to take classes in the "Courses for Exchange Students."

(5) Application form

Required documents for admission to Fukushima University.pdf

01_Application for Admission(Form1).xlsx
02_Questionnaire(Form2).docx
03_Application for certificate of eligibility.xlsx
04_Housing Application_Exchange Students.doc
  →About International House.docx
05_Certificate of Health.pdf

06_Endorsement of Application to Fukushima University from Home University indicating the intended period of stay (An Academic Reference Letter)
07_1 Copy of Transcript of Records in English
08_2 color photos (40㎜×30㎜)
09_1 copy of the information page of passport
10_Proof of financial support (the equivalent of a minimum of 960,000 yen for two semesters or 500,000yen for one semester) is required. The proof could be a certificate of the deposit balance of your bank account or a certificate of scholarship (if applicable).

Housing for international students

Click here for information on housing for international students.

Scholarships for international students

Click here for information on scholarships for international students.

Academic Year Schedule for International Students

Term Event Date Remarks
First Semester (April-August) J-cat Test Late March to early April Test of Japanese reading comprehension, vocabulary, etc.
Interview (New Students Only) Early April Our Japanese language teachers will have a 15-minute interview (conducted via Zoom or face-to-face) with each student to see his/her speaking level.
Start of Semester 4 April  
Classes 7 April - 27 July  
National Holiday:昭和の日 29 April No Classes
National Holiday:憲法記念日 3 May No Classes
National Holiday:みどりの日 4 May No Classes
National Holiday:こどもの日 5 May No Classes
Deadline for dropping courses 26 April You can drop courses until April 26th by notifying the Fukushima University International Center.
*Some subjects are not allowed to be withdrawn.
National Holiday: 海の日 18 July No Classes
Final exams period 28 July - 5 August  
End of Semester 5 August  
Summer Break 6 August - 30 September  
Second Semester (October-February) J-cat Test Mid to late September Test of Japanese reading comprehension, vocabulary, etc.
Interview (New Students Only) Late September Our Japanese language teachers will have a 15-minute interview (conducted via Zoom or face-to-face) with each student to see his/her speaking level.
Start of Semester 1 October  
Classes 1 October -3 February  
National Holiday:体育の日 10 October No Classes
Deadline for dropping courses 12 October You can drop courses until October 12th by notifying the Fukushima University International Center.
*Some subjects are not allowed to be withdrawn.
School Festival 27 - 30 October No Classes
National Holiday:文化の日 3 November No Classes
National Holiday:勤労感謝の日 23 November No Classes
Winter Break 25 December -
4 January
No Classes
National Holiday: 成人の日 9 January No Classes
Monday in lieu 10 January Though it is a Tuesday, it is handled as a Monday, and Monday's classes are held.
University closed due to preparation for university entrance exam 13 -14 January No Classes
Final exams period 4- 14 February  
End of Semester 14 February  
Spring Break 15 February -
31 March
 

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