University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Fall 2018: EXCHANGE Seinan, Japan

Program Dates August 18, 2018 - December 22, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview Note: This program requires the even exchange of students between UD and the partner institution abroad. Therefore the number of exchange spots available to outbound UD students is dependent on the number of inbound students sent to UD by the partner institution. If parity is not achieved, the exchange cannot take place.

Students who miss an interest meeting can download the interest meeting power point for all Japan semester programs at the bottom of this page (Soka exchange, Seinan exchange, and Akita fall semester program).

Spend a full year (fall and then spring semester) or a fall or 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.

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.

Language: Japanese & English

Calendar: Fall semester runs from Late August through December. 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.

Visas and Passports: A Student Visa application can only be completed once students have received their Confirmation of Enrollment Form from the University.

Transportation: 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.

Housing: On- campus housing is available and encouraged. 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.

For more information about this program from the perspective of past participants, check out their UDAbroad blog posts.

The Institute for Global Studies cooperates with the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures on the administration of this program.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know 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. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs

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. It is the student's responsibility to secure the necessary UD transfer credit permissions upon return and to ensure that the host institution sends an official transcript to UD. The equivalent grade of "C" or better is required in order for the credit to transfer to UD.

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$6,125.00$16,440.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$6,125.00$16,440.00

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.

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 IGS will post the Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

Contact Information:
Lisa Chieffo
Associate Director
Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE, 19716
Mark Miller
Faculty Director
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
30 East Main Street, 327 Jastak-Burgess Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on November 15, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on November 15, 2017

Interest Meetings:
10/17/2017, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, IGS conference room, #213 Clayton Hall
10/20/2017, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, IGS conference room, #213 Clayton Hall

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