Okayama University


Image of Okayama, Japan
Spend the spring semester or academic year studying in Okayama, Japan.
Location: Okayama, Japan
Language of Instruction: Japanese
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

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. 

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 University Pamphlet (.pdf)

Japanese language courses are offered at all levels. Program participants also study EALC and non-EALC related courses in English from the EPOK program. For detailed course information see Okayama Exchange Program.

Course Descriptions for Okayama University (.pdf)

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 (.pdf)

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.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

Open to students with a 2.5 GPA.