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Okayama University

Okayama University
Spend the spring semester or academic year studying in Okayama, Japan.
Okayama, Japan
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
East Asian Languages & Culture
Environmental Studies
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • Study Japanese language, EALC, or environmental studies. 
  • Spring or Academic Year
  • Take place in the wide variety of student clubs and activities avaliable at Okayama University
Program Summary: 

Okayama University is a national university with a student population of 14,000. Okayama University offers a variety of student clubs and activities such as sport and art clubs, tea ceremony, Japanese traditional music, kendo, judo and bowling.


Okayama City is situated in the southern half of Japan and has a population of about 700,000. Okayama city is in the Chugoku region on the Honshu island and is forty-five minutes from Osaka, one hour from Kyoto and 3.5 hours from Tokyo by bullet trains. Okayama is known for its mild and sunny climate. Okayama is home to many historic and tourist attractions such as Korakuen Gardens, Okayama's "Crow" Castle and Kibitsu Shrine. 

Academic Information: 

Japanese language courses are offered at all levels, see the following website for course offerings: http://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/user/flec/en/syllabus_list.html

Program participants also study EALC and non-EALC related courses in English from the EPOK program, see website for course details: http://ouic.okayama-u.ac.jp/epok/educourse_epok.html

Program dates for the Academic Year are early October to early August and early April to early August for the Spring Semester. It is not possible to study at Okayama University during the Fall semester since Okayama's Fall semester finishes after KU's Spring semester begins. See above for specific dates for each academic term.

Okayama Course Equivalencies


Students stay at Kuwanoki Dormitory for International Students of Okayama University. The Dormitory is on campus and is a 10 minute walk to the Okayama International Center. Each student has their own single room equipped with a desk, a chair, a locker, a bed, a bathroom with shower facilities (including a bathtub and a toilet), a refrigerator, a kitchenette and an air-conditioner. The International House does not have a cafeteria. Students can cook in their room, and/or have meals at cafes or restaurants on and off campus.


Preference will be given to students who have a 3.0 GPA and two years of university Japanese language courses or the equivalent. Non-EALC majors with less than 2 years of Japanese are eligible to apply for the program.


Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)


Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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