Fukuoka Women’s University is offering its short-term study abroad program to ambitious students focusing on Japanese culture from April, 2013 to March, 2014. The students can choose to participate in the program for either 1 semester or 1 year (starting April or October 2013).
During the Spring Semester（April – August）the program will be focusing on Japanese traditional culture, and throughout the Fall Semester (October – March) emphasis is placed on Japanese contemporary culture.
Students can opt for an Independent Study Project either focusing on contemporary or traditional topics.
The WJC program was established to commemorate the reform of Fukuoka Women’s University into a globalized university in 2010. The program grants participants from each partner university a scholarship. Based on the availability of student positions and the number of applications from all partner universities, a total of 25 to 27 students will be selected as participants. Only female students are eligible for WJC.
It is desirable (and important for our program’s diversity) that applicants come from various academic fields, such as liberal arts, social sciences and natural sciences as well as Japanese studies majors.
2013 WJC Program
Expected arrival dates Spring Semester: between March 29 and April 1, 2013
Spring Opening ceremony: April 4, 2013
Orientation: April 5-6, 2013 (tentative)
Spring Closing ceremony: August 9, 2013
Fall Opening ceremony: September 27, 2013
Orientation: September 27-28, 2013 (tentative)
Fall Closing ceremony: March, 2014
- Amount of scholarship (limited number of students)
80,000 yen per month (1,000 US $)
- Duration of scholarship
Either 1 year (April, 2013 – March, 2014 OR October, 2013 – August, 2014) or 1 semester (April 1 – August 31, 2013 OR October 1, 2013 – March 20, 2014)
- Reimbursement of Air fare (round-trip)
Up to 100,000 yen
- Accommodation fees at student dormitory
Waived (The utility fee of 9,900JPY is not waived.)
- Tuition fees
Waived according to the student exchange agreement or memorandum
- Field trips (Kagoshima Open Air Museum, Kumamoto castle, sumo, baseball, art museums, Nissan factory visit, etc.)
Guest speakers: writers and manga artists; Japanese famous authors and culture creators discuss current issues with students
- Home visit program
Japanese families are introduced to exchange students for monthly visits
- Japanese student buddy system(JD-Mates)
FWU students called ‘JD-Mates’ will support exchange students.
- Japanese language only “Survival Camp”
Excursion where students can only use Japanese
- Independent Study (2 credits)
Students are required to research a topic related to Japanese culture. Academic advisors assist them with their research.
Requirements for exchange students
1. TOEFL PBT (not required for native English speakers): Over 500
2. Total GPA: Over 3.0/4.0
List of documents required for admission
- Application form (download here)
- Essay (motivation for application)
- Academic Records (in English)
- Recommendation letters (two academic advisors)
- TOEFL Score (not required for native English speakers)
- Copy of passport
Please submit all the required documents to OIA UGM no later than December 19, 2012.