Aoyama Gakuin University
Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan
Fall and Winter Terms
Spring Term (April-August)
Located in the heart of Tokyo, Aoyama Gakuin was established by Methodist missionaries in 1874. The institution took its present form in 1949 when it became a comprehensive university comprising of 10 schools and colleges with both undergraduate and graduate programs. Now with 10 schools and 24 departments, the university of 18,000 students is well known for its international ambiance, offering more than 150 courses taught in English, including general education, literature, economics, international politics and business, science and engineering and global studies. Most undergraduate courses taught in Japanese are open to exchange students.
Internships are available
Junior or senior standing with at least two years of college-level Japanese in succession and a GPA of 3.0 preferred.
Students are required to complete GLS 277 in the spring term prior to studying abroad in the fall.
Students earn 9-12 credit hours per term depending on courses selected and length of stay. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.
For a list of courses taught in English and access to a full list of all courses (taught in English and Japanese), please click here.
Note: Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.
The Office of International Programs does not advise student to purchase flight tickets until they have received an official acceptance letter from Aoyama Gakuin University.
Housing and Meals
Students live in residence halls or Guest Houses while studying at AGU. Students who have studied at Aoyama Gakuin in the past recommend living in Guest Houses as they tend to be closer to campus and have fewer restrictions.
Additional information regarding the residence halls can be found on the AGU website, or by clicking here.
Additional information regarding Guest Houses can be found by clicking here.
Students pay North Central College tuition and room and board to the host institution. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, books, extra personal travel and spending money, as these items are not included in room and board fees. North Central College financial aid does apply.
Last Updated: September 2016