Seinan Gakuin University

Seinan Gakuin University

About the university

Established in 1973, Seinan Gakuin University's  International Division offers a one or two semester program running from August to May the following year, through which students earn transferable credits required for graduation. The course content concentrates on Japan, including Japanese language, culture, history, tradition, business and politics, with all courses except the Japanese language taught in English. 

Most of the admitted foreign students are exchange students from universities that have entered into mutual exchange agreements with SGU, bringing in approximately 100 students per year, and SGU currently accepts foreign students from 77 institutions around the world. We are one of the few Japanese universities to offer courses on Japanese culture in English, with credits that can be applied to graduation. 

The classroom is richly international, with students from many lands present, so that while studying Japanese students also learn about the world.

Course information

Students may select courses they are interested in from the wide variety SGU offers. Four levels of Japanese language instruction are available, with students placed into beginning, pre-intermediate, intermediate or advanced courses based on pre-admission testing. Students can join the beginning class level with no prior knowledge of Japanese. In addition to classroom study, off-campus activities such as trips to museums and cultural and government facilities are also common, helping foreign students gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture.

Additional information

Pre-Arrival information, including info on housing, orientation and visa can be accessed on SGU's Study Abroad website

Academic calendar

  • Fall Semester: September - December
  • Spring Semester: January - May

For exact dates, visit SGU's Academic Calendar.

Language of Instruction

  • Japanese
  • English