Program Information
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Spring 2025: EXCHANGE Seinan, Japan
January 13, 2025 - May 29, 2025 (dates are tentative)

photo courtesy of Terrance Bullock
Program Notes
This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.
Important Program Info:
Minimum GPA 2.8
UD Application Deadline August 30
Language Requirement JAPN 107
Visa Required/ Fee Yes, addtional cost to student
Seinan Application Deadline September 30
Seinan Housing Application November
Move In January 13-14
Orientation January 15-16
First Day Classes January 20
End of Drop Add January 31
Spring Break February 1-11
Finals May 20-26
Last Day to Move Out May 29
More info here

Faculty/Staff Seinan Nomination deadline September 15

All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 10-13 weeks (3-4 months) to process a passport.

Students are responsible for obtaining their Japanese visa. A Student Visa application can only be completed once students have received their Confirmation of Enrollment Form from the University.

Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program for information about COVID-19 related travel requirements and policies for UD study abroad.

Traveling and studying abroad at this time poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad must be prepared to adapt to evolving situations and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country which are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates. If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students.
Program Description

Spend Spring Semester studying in Japan through a partnership/exchange between the University of Delaware and Seinan Gakuin University (SGU).

At beautiful SGU, located in Fukuoka City, the cultural and economic capital of the south island of Kyushu, students will engage in intensive Japanese language study and the study of other Japan-related subjects in English, and live with other international and Japanese students in dormitories within walking distance of campus. Students will also be able to take advantage of the many student clubs and teams available on campus.

Fukuoka City, where Seinan Gakuin is located, is situated on the island of Kyushu, the southwestern of Japan's four major islands. One of the key attractions of Fukuoka is the way it combines the convenience of the city with a rich natural environment. The public transport network is excellent, with rail, bus and subway services that make it easy to get around in the city. The district of Nishijin, with its restaurants and clothing and grocery stores, is a short walk from SGU.

General Info/ Student Life

Seinan Gakuin University (SGU) is a comprehensive, liberal arts university consisting of six departments with twelve divisions, known for its tradition of vitality, magnanimity, and international outlook.

SGU has approximately 8,000 full-time students enrolled in the twelve divisions of the six undergraduate departments and in the seven graduate school divisions.

Since its beginning in 1949, SGU has offered high quality education. The school has an outstanding reputation, particularly for its emphasis on language education and for its early adoption of an international exchange program.

Japanese & English

In February 2004 the International House was opened as part of SGU's program to expand the lodging facilities for students and student researchers. The “I-House,” allows foreign students and researchers to live together with Japanese students. There are 55 rooms for single students. More information about the I-House and other housing options are available on the school's official website. All students are required to stay in program sponsored housing, independent housing arrangements are not allowed by UD or the program partners.

Please note that the Seinan exchange is available for the fall or spring semester, or for a full academic year (both fall and spring). See the most current calendar here.
ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
All students must enroll in the 0-credit course UNIV 550 (placeholder for this travel study experience) and UNIV 372 (Discovery Learning marker).
Courses on this program range from (but are not limited to) Japanese culture, sports, history and communications. Participants will also take a placement test upon arrival at Seinan University to determine their level of Japanese proficiency for placement in Japanese courses. Course levels in Japanese language range from elementary to advanced. The equivalent grade of "C-" or better is required in order for the credit to transfer to UD.

Before committing to the program, students are encouraged to meet with their assistant dean or academic advisor to ensure that credits earned on the program will facilitate their progress towards graduation. It is the student's responsibility to secure the necessary UD transfer credit permissions prior to departure according to UD's standard transfer credit procedure, and to have an official transcript from the host institution sent to UD upon the conclusion of the exchange semester.
UNIV 372-017: Study Abroad - EXCHANGE Seinan, Japan (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their exchange experience
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Prerequisite: JAPN 107 completed prior to application date.

If you would like to apply, please submit the following on or before the deadline:
  • the online application form
  • one online recommendation, preferably from a UD Japanese language instructor

Students should also note in the Essay/Comments section at the end of their application whether they intend to participate in the exchange for fall or spring semester, or for the entire academic year.

After being accepted into the exchange students are then required to submit an application and other documents directly to SGU.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Spring Semester
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $0.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$7,300.00$19,595.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$7,300.00$19,595.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
Students pay their regular undergraduate full-time tuition (for one or two semesters, depending on the length of their exchange) to the University of Delaware via normal UD billing and payment procedures; they do not pay on-campus fees, housing or meal plan. Any financial aid or scholarships that normally apply to tuition will continue to apply. See an estimate of housing, textbook, and insurance costs on Seinan's website.

The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
All application materials are due by 5:00pm on the dates listed below:
Submit Program Application by 5pm onAugust 30, 2024
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Chika Inoue
Faculty Director
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
309 Jastak-Burgess Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.