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Aoyama Gakuin University

Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan

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Program Overview

Aoyama Gakuin Memorial Hall

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


Internships are available



Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred. Students are required to have completed two years of Japanese at the college level.



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.


Aoyama Academic Calendar

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.


Estimated Costs

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.




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