Foreign Students

Overview of Exchange Program and Exchange Studentships at Saga University

 TYPES OF EXCHANGE PROGRAM AND EXCHANGE STUDENTSHIPS

Saga University offers the following programs/exchange studentships for affiliated universities.

Saga University Exchange Program and Exchange Studentship Digital Guidebook
Saga University Exchange Program and Exchange Studentship Digital Guidebook

【SPACE-E】
 Courses are taught in English. This program is for only undergraduate students.
【SPACE-ECON】
Courses are taught in Japanese. Students will take classes mainly offered by the Faculty of Economics.

【SPACE-ARITA】
Courses are taught in English. Students will learn about the production of ceramics.

【SPACE-SE】
Courses are taught in English. This program is for only graduate students of Science and Engineering.

【General Exchange Student】
Undergraduate students and graduate students can take almost all the subjects almost in Japanese (with some exceptions) offered at Saga University as regular students do.

【Special Research Student】
Students conduct research activities under supervision of professors.
This is only for graduate students and students should have permission by supervisor at Saga University beforehand.


Number of Students Accepted
30 students for SPACE-E and 30 students for General Exchange Student
10 students for SPACE-ECON
Please contact us about SPACE-SE and ARITA before application.

Admissions and Period of Study
《SPACE-E, SPACE-ECON, SPACE-SE and General Exchange Student》
Exchange students commence their study either in October or in April.
Duration of study: either one semester, or for six months, or two semesters, or for one academic year

《SPACE-ARITA》
Exchange students commence their study either in October or in April.
Duration of study: One semester
《Special Research Student》
From 3 to 12 months. We highly recommend students to start either in October or in April.

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

《SPACE-E, SPACE-SE》
SPACE-E and SPACE-SE require exchange students to be more proficient than or equally proficient to the score of each English official test as follows:
CEFR B2, TOEFL ITP 530, IELTS 5.5 (Overall), TOEFL iBT 72, TOEIC 740
Note that we no longer accept the score of CET.

《SPACE-ECON, General Exchange Student》
JLPT N2 or higher for Undergraduates
JLPT N1 for Graduates
*For student who is unable to take the JLPT test, we’ll consider scores in the section of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU). Please contact our office if you have taken this examination.

ELIGIBILITY

Students who meet the following conditions are eligible to apply.
1. The applicant must be enrolled in a full-time degree program at overseas university that has concluded a student exchange agreement or memorandum of student exchange with Saga University or are in the process of concluding such.

2. The student must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at the home institution throughout the period of study at Saga University.

3. Applicants for SPACE-E must have completed at least two years of study at the home institution.

4. An Applicant for General Exchange Student must be undergraduate or master’s course student. An applicant must have completed at least one year of study at the home institution in case of undergraduate. See Descriptions for Applicants for these in Japanese.

5. An Applicant for Special Research Student must be a graduate student, and has contacted professors of Saga University beforehand.

Academic Calendar

The academic year of Saga University is divided into spring and fall semesters.

2022 Fall Semester
Classes ………… October 3 to February 6
Winter Break …… December 24 to January 7
Exams …………… February 9 to 15
Spring Break …… February 16 to early April
2023 Spring Semester (tentative)
Classes ………… Early April to late July
Exams …………… Late July and early August
Summer Break … Early August to September 30

ACADEMIC PROGRAM AND CREDITS

 All the participating international students can register for or join

 1) the courses of Japanese language2) Field work on Japanese Affairs and  3) Cross-cultural Interactions/Communication.

《SPACE-E》
SPACE (Saga University Program for Academic Exchange) offers a unique curriculum of courses in the students’ majors in English and classes of Japanese language and cultures. Participating students deepen their knowledge and understanding of study in their majors, and/or of Japanese language and society and people through academic work and interactions with Japanese students and the local people.
The minimum coursework requirements for exchange students in SPACE-E are 10 credits per semester. Those students who have fulfilled the requirements will receive a certificate of completion from Saga University at the end of the exchange period. We will report the number of the credits that each student has earned to the international affairs division or the equivalent of the home university at the end of each semester. SPACE-E students who have earned credits are provided with an official academic transcript from Saga University. The student’s home institution may determine whether to grant the credits based on this transcript.

SPACE-E Field Work on Japanese Affairs 2 credits;
Compulsory for students who don’t take
Independent Study
10 credits or more per
semester
Courses in
Student’s Major
Education 2 credits or more
Art and Regional Design
Economics
Science and Engineering (S&E)
Agriculture
Japanese Language Courses elective
Courses in Cross-cultural Interactions elective
Basic Courses in General Education elective
Independent Study 2 or 4 credits; Compulsory for Faculty of S&E and Agriculture; elective otherwise

《General Exchange Student》
The law in Japan requires every international student to be enrolled in more than seven (7) classes (equivalent to 10 hours) per week. Students who have earned credits are provided with an official academic transcript from Saga University. The student’s home institution may determine whether to grant the credits based on this transcript. If graduate students take Japanese Language Course, Saga University will issue Certificate of Class Attendance. We will report the number of the credits that each student has earned to the international affairs division or the equivalent of the home university at the end of each semester.

《Special Research Student》
Every student as Special Research Student conducts research in laboratory under the supervisor, and cannot register for classes. Saga University does not issue academic transcript. If a student joins 1) the courses of Japanese language, 2) Field work on Japanese Affairs or 3) Cross-cultural Interactions, Saga University will issue Certificate of Class Attendance.