Overview

Aoyama Gakuin University

City: Tokyo
Language of instruction: English, Japanese
  • Located in Shibuya, a central district of Tokyo
  • Well known for international programs and student body
  • 19000 students
  • 2 Campuses: Aoyama Campus,Urban campus is heart of Tokyo financial district; Sagamihira Campus, located in Kanagawa 90 minutes from Aoyama campus
  • Buddy system, monthly cultural events, and international language chatroom available for exchange students

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)Land and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Students must have completed at least one year of university level or equivalent Japanese language prior to studying at AGU unless taking only English taught courses
  • Limited selection of English courses available in ARTS, LAW and COMM
    • Subjects taught in English: Literature (American and English) Law (American Law, Legal Debate) International Polictics, Economics and Business (Intercultural Literacy, Management Accounting, Global Environmental Politics, International Management, International Institutions, Comparative Politics, etc...)
  • Courses in other subject areas require a high level of Japanese language proficiency
  • Exchange students take compulsory courses in Japanese language and Japanology, and will be placed in one of 5 levels based on a language placement test that will take place upon arrival at AGU:
    • Exchange students at AGU enroll in two Japanese language courses (each has 90min classes 2 times a week), which are worth 4 AGU credits per semester
    • Japanology course (once a week, 2 AGU credits per semester), which covers various aspects of Japanese culture (taught in Japanese)
    • "Japanese Society and Culture" course (once a week, 2 AGU credits per semester), which is similar to Japanology but is focused more on Japanese language study (there are 3 levels, each correspond to the levels of Japanese language course)

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

Who can go?

  • Students in the Faculty of Arts, Department of Asian Studies, and Commerce are eligible to apply to this partner university


     

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Mid September to Mid February (UBC Fall Term)
  • Semester 2: Early April to Late July (UBC Spring Term)

Timing

  • When applying to Go Global, please select the UBC term(s) that you wish to be abroad
  • Students applying for a fall term exchange at AGU will not be able to return to UBC for spring term
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • Same as UBC

Passing grade

60% or 'C'

Grading scheme

  • 100 - 90 AA
  • 89 - 80 A
  • 79 - 70 B
  • 69 - 60 C
  • 59 - Below, Fail

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

  • Students are encouraged to commence study at AGU in the Spring Semester (April) since many full year courses are offered starting in this semester
  • When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying

Full course load information

  • Minimum 14 credits per semester
  • To qualify for student visa, students must be enrolled in minimum 10 hours of course work per week

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Topics in Japanese Studies Ⅰ
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-03
UBC course: ASIA 2nd
Title: Japanology A
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-03
UBC course: ASIA 2nd
Title: Japanology A
Partner course code: N/A 10547
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-03
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Multinational Business Management Ⅱ
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-22
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: History B
Partner course code: N/A 15029
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2019-05-21
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japan Condition
Partner course code: N/A 10146
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2019-06-03
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JapaneseVI-S B
Partner course code: N/A 10507
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2019-06-02
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Global Studies Ⅰ
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Foreign Affairs for Global Business A
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-01
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: International Marketing
Partner course code: N/A 24152
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2019-05-01
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Advertising Communication
Partner course code: N/A 24484
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2019-05-01
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: International Marketing Theory I
Partner course code: N/A 26502
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-01

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: International Trade
Partner course code: 16009
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-10-06
UBC course: JPST 1st
Title: Japanese II A
Partner course code: 10308
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-10-06
UBC course: JPST 3rd
Title: Japanese IV B
Partner course code: 10338 10338
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-10-06
UBC course: JPST 3rd
Title: Japanese IV D
Partner course code: 10386 10386
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-10-06
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Mental Health
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date:
Management
UBC course: MGMT 4th
Title: Theory and Practice of Debate
Partner course code: 26392
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-12
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • Aoyama Gakuin University offers an International Exchange Foundation Scholarship to exchange students each year
  • Criteria is based on academic standing and students submit an application after their arrival at AGU
  • Students with outstanding academic performance will be nominated by Go Global for the JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Additional fees

  • Students must register for cumpulsory National Health Insurance while in Japan (approximately 2000 yen per month)
Housing

Types of accommodation available

HomestayOff-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • AGU will try to place as many students as possible into the dormitories for exchange students, but due to increase in demand, cannot guarantee rooms for all exchange students
  • For the information on other housing options such as share houses and homestay, please see Housing Information handbook 
  • If you are considering these alternate options, please do not apply for the dormitory as a back up plan, to ensure there is soace for those who really want to live in the dormitory

Information on accommodation

How to applyBack to UBCO