North Central College - Naperville, IL

Aoyama Gakuin University

Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan

Exchange Program Offered Fall/Winter, or Full Year

Located in the heart of Tokyo, Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) was established by Methodist missionaries in 1874.  The institution took its present form in 1949 when it became a comprehensive university comprising six schools and colleges with both undergraduate and graduate programs.  The university is well known for its international ambiance, offering more than 40 courses taught in English, ranging from general education to literature, law, economics, international politics and business, and science.  More than 100 courses taught in Japanese are open to exchange students each semester. Total enrollment in the university is approximately 17,000 students.

This exchange opportunity is best suited for students with high-level Japanese ability who want to immerse themselves in Japanese college life.  Aoyama Gakuin University website

NCC Eligibility Requirements:

Junior or Senior standing.  GPA 3.0 preferred; minimum two years of Japanese.

AGU Academic Calendar:


The Office of International Programs DOES NOT advise student to purchase flight tickets until they have received an OFFICIAL acceptance letter from the host institution.

NCC Academic Credit:

Varies by course load; usually 9-12 NCC credits per term.

Housing and Meals:

Dormitory or Guest House options available, located about one hour from AGU Campus.  Guest House Handout

Estimated Costs:

Students pay tuition and fees to NCC, room and board to AGU.  Eligible students may apply for external grants and scholarships to assist with program costs.  Cost Estimate for AGU

Financial aid is applicable to this program, however, all study abroad students should meet with a financial aid representative during the spring term to determine any changes/adjustments in their financial aid package.