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* Yamagata University - Yamagata, Japan
Yamagata, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017
10/15/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 05/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Program Coordinator:
Ciara Cole Program Type: CSU Exchange Program
Areas of Study:
Liberal Arts
Program Description:

Yamagata University
in Yamagata, Japan


Surrounding Area - YamagataYamagata campusStudents in Kimonos - Yamagata

The Japan Studies Program (JSP) is specifically designed for short-term exchange students who are enrolled full-time at Yamagata's partner institutions. JSP's general education mission is twofold: to offer Japanese cultural studies in English as well as Japanese language courses. Students enrolled in JSP have the opportunity to learn about Japanese history, culture, society and nature as well as Japanese language at all levels.

Academic Program

The Japan Studies Program consists of lectures in Japanese cultural studies that are conducted in English, and Japanese language courses in five proficiency levels that are taught in Japanese, the target language, in order for students to be exposed to the language as much as possible thus enhancing effective learning.

Although JSP is specifically designed for international students, Japanese students can also take courses in Japanese cultural studies so that both international and Japanese students can interact with each other to maximize their cultural understanding. Those who have advanced skills of Japanese may take regular courses in Japanese other than those offered in the Japan Studies Program.

All classes in Japanese cultural studies meet once a week for 15 weeks while Japanese language classes meet 1-5 times a week for 15 weeks depending on the nature of each course.


Students enjoy a quiet and relaxing learning environment in the rural settings at YU. Yamagata is a mountainous region with an abundance of natural beauty including lakes, rivers, hot springs (onsen), rice paddies, wild animals, and the Sea of Japan. During their study at YU, students can enjoy four distinct seasons and engage in a wide variety of outdoor activities on their own or through 250 student organizations all year long. Among such activities are mountain hiking and climbing, scuba-diving and fishing in the Sea of Japan, autumn foliage viewing, beef and potato stew party on the riverside, boat riding, winery tours, winter and summer skiing, and snow trekking. 

It is easy to get around on foot, by bicycle or by bus at Yamagata University.  Public facilities and shops and stores are within walking distance.  

AccommodationYamagata Map

Students whose duration of study is less than a year, such as exchange students and scholars, usually live in the international house. Single rooms typically have a one burner stove, refrigerator, TV, bed, desk, bathroom, room phone, internet hook-ups and wardrobe for clothes. International House is a 30 minute walk to YU (there are buses), a ten minute walk to train station and a five minute walk to the grocery store. 

Please see Yamagata Key Dates website for the most current an up-to-date calendar.