Gakushuin's origins lie in Kyoto as the educational institution of the Imperial Court, established in 1847. Emperor Ninko began the university with the intention of raising the educational level of the Imperial Court and improving its manners and morals. The origin of the name "Gakushuin" is said to have come from the Japanese reading of the Chinese characters for "to be taught" and "to learn" in the following quotation from the Analects of Confucius: "To be taught and to learn the truth is such a precious thing." Gakushuin became a private school in 1947, where anybody could gain entry if they were able to pass the entrance examination. In 1949, Gakushuin established a university. It started with a Department of Philosophy, a Department of Letters and a Department of Politics, and a Faculty of Science, which had a Physics Department and a Chemistry Department. This developed into the present day university, with its 14 departments in four separate faculties.
Facts & Figures
Founded in 1847, Moved to Tokyo in 1877
600 Staff Members
If taking classes in Japanese in the center of Tokyo is something you have been dreaming about, UNC Charlotte offers the opportunity for your dreams to come true. UNC Charlotte students may study there for the Academic Year, starting in either April or September. The experience at this university will allow you to learn about Japanese culture firsthand and perfect your advanced knowledge of Japanese in one of the most exciting cities in the world.Overseas students usually come to Japan in April, when the new academic year begins at Gakushuin University. They attend lectures on Japanese language and culture, as well as those on their specialist study area (teaching is generally given in Japanese) throughout the year. The one-year exchange period can also start in September, when appropriate.
1. Where can I find out more information about studying at the Gakushin University?
Be sure to check out the website
for more general information about the University.
2. What is the campus like?
Check out Gakushuin's Campus Map
UNC Charlotte students will first need to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application in order to receive approval to study abroad. To receive access to an application, students should follow the required steps listed on OEA's website, which outline the application process
under the "Fall, Spring & Year-long Exchange and Affiliate Programs" heading.
Application requirements may include (and are subject to change):
• Personal statement in English
• Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• UNC Charlotte transcript
• 2 academic letters of recommendation
• 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• Disciplinary record clearance
• $135 application fee and deposit
Not all requirements may be listed above. Once students receive access to the application, more instructions can be found to assist the student throughout the process. After receiving approval to study abroad from OEA, students will be required to apply directly to the host university. OEA will provide instructions for how to complete this supplemental application after approval. Once the supplemental application is reviewed by the host university, students will be notified of their formal acceptance.
This exchange program is open to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte sophomores, juniors and seniors, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must have at least 5 to 6 semesters of college-level Japanese. All students who participate in a study abroad program are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure.
You can find a full list of courses offered using the
University's Educational System
Japanese Language Classes
International students have the option of taking Japanese language classes in addition to their regular coursework.
Some classes are taught in English. However, these classes are for local Japanese students and are not designed for overseas students.
UNC Charlotte Course Equivalencies & Credit
OEA is not responsible for determining UNC Charlotte course equivalencies. Students will work with the corresponding UNC Charlotte academic departments in order to understand what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad prior to departure. The Department Chair of the academic department will determine this (not the student's Academic Advisor). More instructions can be found in the student's study abroad application and will be communicated by OEA once they begin the study abroad process. It's important that students have as many host courses as possible approved by their academic department(s) prior to going abroad in order to have flexibility when registering for courses at the host university. Courses abroad are not guaranteed (i.e. not all courses abroad may be open to international students, some courses may only be offered certain semesters, courses may be full, etc.).
All courses and earned grades from abroad will be reported on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript when they return. Once the official host university transcript is received by OEA, all grades from abroad will be translated into A-F letter grades. This process can take anywhere from 1- 6 months after the end of the student's program. Students cannot earn pass/fail credit abroad (there are very few exceptions to this). Grades from abroad will be factored into the student's UNC Charlotte cumulative GPA.
Please see the following information regarding the typical month range that students can expect to be abroad with this program. Please note that this is a general time frame and could differ per student, per program.
Spring: April to August.
Academic Year: September to August.
Please see Gakushuin University's Academic Calendar
for specific dates. Due to the academic semesters above, students are able to study abroad for the Academic Year (Fall and Spring) or for the Spring semester only if they would like to return to UNC Charlotte in time for the subsequent semester. Should a student wish to study during the Spring only or Calendar Year (Spring and Fall), they may be able to apply, but will be responsible for understanding that they will not be back in time for the Spring semester at UNC Charlotte and would have to take that semester off.
- Azalea House
Students can elect to secure their own private housing if they wish.
Housing Application Process
If housing is available on or off campus abroad and if the housing application process is facilitated by the host university, the student will be contacted directly by the host university with further instructions. This will occur after the student has been approved to go abroad by OEA and likely after they have been accepted by the host university. Housing is not arranged for the student by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. All students will have to apply for on or off campus housing through the host university, if applicable and/or available, or will need to secure their own private accommodations (if allowed). Housing is not paid to OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Housing will be paid to the applicable entity (host university, landlord, apartment complex, etc.).
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For example, if a student currently lives off-campus and have signed a lease for a year but will be going abroad during that year, they should be prepared to arrange someone to take over their lease or understand that their lease likely cannot be broken without a fee if they go abroad during that time. Similarly, while students are abroad and before they come back, it's important to determine where they will be living when they return from studying abroad.
Tuition & Fees
Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte will bill students for full-time tuition & fees according to their in-state or out-of-state residency rate prior to the start of the semester they will be abroad (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar). Students are expected to be the equivalent of full-time at UNC Charlotte while abroad. This means students should be taking the equivalent of 12 UNC Charlotte credit hours for undergraduates or 9 UNC Charlotte credit hours for graduate students. Students are not also paying tuition and fees to the host university while abroad.
The following are typical expenses incurred by students studying abroad. For more information regarding Cost Estimate Sheets, please contact an Education Abroad Advisor:
- Roundtrip airfare
- International Health Insurance
- Personal expenses (additional meals, traveling, cultural activities, etc.)
- Application fee
- Study abroad fee
- Visa (if applicable)
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards their education abroad expenses. Make an appointment with your financial aid advisor to ask any financial aid-related questions. Please see our financial aid page for more information.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see our scholarship website for more information.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station
located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. However, below is basic information regarding visas for this country if you are a U.S. citizen. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a visa before departure if necessary. Please visit the embassy's
website for more information.
You do not
need a visa to enter the country.
need a residence permit if you are in the country for more than 90 days.
- A residence permit is similar to a visa.
- Students should submit their application two months prior to departure. This must be done in person at the nearest consulate.
U.S. Department of State
Please see the U.S. Department of State's
website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note:
travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661