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Iwate University

Iwate University (Faculty of Education)

in Morioka, Japan

Full Year

Fall and Winter Terms

Spring Term (April-August)




Program Overview

A school of about 6,000 students, Iwate University was founded in 1949 and consists of four faculties: humanities and social sciences, education, engineering and agriculture. This exchange program, designed especially for students in education, takes full advantage of the resources in the faculty of education, which has its own affiliated kindergarten, elementary school and junior high. In addition to the regular courses that the Faculty of Education offers, international students can take classes taught in English, such as cultural domains, as well as Japanese language classes. Students also gain internship experience by teaching in Japanese classrooms. Morioka, capital city of Iwate prefecture, is the “town of forests and hills,” located two and a half hours by bullet train from Tokyo in an area known for its beautiful landscapes and recreational opportunities. Students are also given opportunities to volunteer in tsunami-affected areas along the coasts of Iwate.  

A school internship is a required component of the program.

Iwate University website

Iwate University International Center



Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred. A minimum two years of college-level Japanese is required.



Students usually earn between 9-12 credits per term, depending on course load and length of stay. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.

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.


Housing and Meals

Students live in apartments or residence halls. Optional weekend homestays can be arranged.

Meals:  Not included in program fees. Students prepare their own meals in shared kitchen with their roommates.


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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Last Updated:  September 20, 2015