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Academic Year 2017 – 2018 in Niigata, Japan

The University of Hawai'i Community Colleges (UHCC) is offering students a unique opportunity to study Japanese language and culture at the University of Niigata Prefecture (UNP). Located in Higashi-ku in Niigata Prefecture, UNP is a public university fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. UNP opened in April 2009 and operates as a local independent administrative institution (public university corporation). The university is comprised of two faculties: Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development and Faculty of Human Life Studies, and admits approximately 240 students per year. With approximately 1,141 students, UNP established an international exchange center upon its opening in 2009. Under our student exchange agreement, UHCC students pay their UHCC home campus full-time (12 credit) tuition and attend UNP tuition-free.

Students selected for the University of Niigata Prefecture Exchange Program may be eligible to receive a grant ($3,000 for one semester; $6,000 for one year) and will be notified if receiving grant at the time of selection. Separate application is not required.

Dates: One year (September 2017 – August 2018) or one semester (fall: Oct 2017 – Feb 2018; spring: April 2018 – Aug 2018) 

Eligibility (must be met at the time of application):

  • University of Hawai'i Community College student (based on home campus)
  • Attended and completed at least two (2) semesters of college
  • Minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA (GPA from all UH campuses combined)
  • Completed Japanese 201 with a "C" or higher, or equivalent (applicants currently taking JPN 201 may apply if earning a "C" or higher at the time of application)
  • Students of proven academic excellence and character as evidenced by grades, resume, personal statement, and recommendations

Program Fees:

The figures below are provided only as an estimate for a one-year stay and are subject to change.

Scholarship may be available to defray costs.

Expenses Approximate Annual Cost
UHCC home campus tuition (12 credits, based on resident tuition) $3,024 ($1,512/sem)
Airfare (round-trip Honolulu-Nagoya within 11 months) $1,000
Lodging (includes water, electricity, gas, fridge, washing machine, bed, TV, air conditioner, WiFi)* $3,000 - $4,200 ($1,500 - $2,100/sem)
University fees Waived for exchange students.
Medical insurance (National Health Insurance mandatory for all who stay one year) and overseas travel insurance $180 + cost of 1-year overseas travel insurance purchased in US (varies)
Living expenses (e.g., food, toiletries, bedding, transportation, dorm supplies) $7,000 - $10,000 ($3,500 - $5,000/sem)
Estimated Total Annual Cost $14,204 to $18,404


How to Apply: Apply Online (deadline: March 1, 2017 at 4:00pm HST).
Applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 2016.

***Interviews for finalists will be held on March 10, 2017***


Questions: Deborah Nakagawa,
(808) 956-0321 or



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