Semester or Year in Japan

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Spend a semester or academic year in Japan through ISEP
Location: Japan
Language of Instruction: JapaneseEnglish
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

ISEP is a total immersion program. In most cases, ISEP participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for an ISEP site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program.

For more information on ISEP sites in Japan, check out the ISEP Japan page.

Although Japan is one of the most innovative and modern countries in the world in terms of economic and technological advances, this island nation in Asia has still managed to hold onto many of its traditions and customs. It is this contradiction that makes Japan a fascinating place to live and to study.

All members offer various levels of Japanese language instruction, as well as Japanese cultural studies.

Chances of Placement

ISEP-Exchange placements are limited. Exchange space typically fills during the February placement round; students should apply for spring semester programs by February 15.
Due to the competitive nature of placement in Japan, dual placement at two Japanese universities is not an option.

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.

Contact Kaitlyn Johnson at for more information.

Further information on programs can be found on the ISEP Website.