Semester Exchange - Kwansei Gakuin University

Semester Exchange - Kwansei Gakuin University

Kwansei Gakuin University is a non-denominational Christian private university in Japan. The university offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees to around 25,000 students in almost 40 different disciplines across 11 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs. It is the 31st best-ranked institution of higher education in Japan according to the 2018 rankings published by Times Higher Education.

Most schools are located on the Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus. The School of Policy Studies and the School of Science and Technology are located on the Kobe Sanda Campus, while the Nishinomiya Seiwa Campus is home to the School of Education. Throughout its history, Kwansei Gakuin has strongly emphasized its international character.

Areas of Study for exchange students (with limited Japanese skills): Japanese Language, International Studies (UG only), Business or Economics (PG only)


Nishinomiya, Japan

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Length of Program

5 months

Program Dates

First Semester: September - January
Second Semester: March - August

Language of Instruction

Japanese, English

Travel Grant


WAM Requirement (Out of 100)


Course Information

English-taught courses are only in:

  • Japanese Language Track
  • Modern Japan Track
  • Undergraduate courses at the School of International Studies
  • Business or Economics graduate level courses at the Institute of Business and Accounting

Students who possess an extremely high ability of Japanese can enroll in regular university courses conducted in Japanese (Course Catalogue), if they meet the either following requirements:

  • Pass level N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test before arriving in Japan (students who already have N1 are still required to take the RCA test)
  • Obtain a high score on the placement test, and then pass the RCA (Regular Course Aptitude) test held later during orientation.

Fact Sheet


Kwansei Gakuin Housing

Exchange Student Website

Kwansei Gakuin Exchange Website

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (varies each program),
  • Completion of at least 12cp at the time of application. 18cp to go abroad,
  • Enough credit points remaining to complete the program,
  • Comply with the eligibility criteria outlined in the Student Exchange Policy.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an online Application form. You'll need to include:

Your personal details, One University preference, It should take around 2 - 3 minutes to complete an application.

Important notes:

Application Fee and Payment Options: For all exchange programs (semester and short term), there is a compulsory application fee. For more information and payment options please refer to the Payment Website.

Insurance: It is a requirement of the exchange program that all students must purchase their own travel insurance to cover them for the duration of their journey beyond their overseas program. Students will be covered throughout the duration of their exchange  program dates. More information will be given to students upon acceptance.

Program Costs: You remain enrolled at Macquarie University and continue to pay your tuition fees to Macquarie University. As an exchange student you pay no tuition fees to host university. However, you must also always be prepared for unexpected expenses, and should consider how you will be dealing with the expenses of your exchange before you leave your home country. Prior to departure, you will need to save sufficient funds to cover all of your expenses for the duration of your exchange. Some costs to consider include: airfares, students visa (if required), travel health insurance, accommodation, food, additional travel, entertainment, textbooks, incidental expense. If you wish to work while you are away, it is important to note that work rights for international students vary from country to country. For further information about your visa restrictions please contact the consulate or embassy of your host country.

*Disclaimer: Macquarie University does not ensure the quality or reputation of activities run externally, should students choose to undertake these activities they take on the full risk and responsibility. All students need to undertake their own risk assessment before departure, considering wisely their personal health and safety risks. Ultimately participation in these activities is at the students’ risk.

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