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.)
Aoyama Gakuin University
- 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
Partner university's areas of study
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
Who can go?
Students in the Faculty of Arts, Department of Asian Studies, and Commerce are eligible to apply to this partner university
- Semester 1: Mid September to Mid February (UBC Fall Term)
- Semester 2: Early April to Late July (UBC Spring Term)
- 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
Course equivalency formula
- Same as UBC
Passing grade60% or 'C'
- 100 - 90 AA
- 89 - 80 A
- 79 - 70 B
- 69 - 60 C
- 59 - Below, Fail
Credit transfer process
* 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
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
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.
- 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.
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.
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’ for Federal 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.
- Students must register for cumpulsory National Health Insurance while in Japan (approximately 2000 yen per month)
Types of accommodation available
- 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