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W&M Exchange- Kanazawa Program A (KUSEP)
Kanazawa, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: W&M applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Molly DeStafney (
 Program Type:
WM Exchange
 Language of Instruction:
Japanese, Some courses taught in English
 Language Requirements:
Two Years of College Level Japanese
 Host Institution Website:
 GPA Requirement:
 Host Institution:
Kanazawa University
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Description:
Kanazawa University is a national university of Japan and is organized into three main colleges: Human and Social Science, Science and Engineering, and Medical, Pharmaceutical, and Health Sciences. Kanazawa's Program A is open to students who have completed at least two years of college-level Japanese. Program A students are required to take Japanese language and culture classes and may choose their remaining classes in Japanese language and culture or from select English-taught classes in other disciplines. There are 16 schools at Kanazawa University including humanities, economics, physics, mathematics, international studies and more, and students with advanced Japanese proficiency may select classes from the full university curriculum. 

Overlooking the Sea of Japan, the city of Kanazawa is renowned for its scenic beauty, rich traditional and modern culture, and cordial hospitality. It is approximately five hours by train from Tokyo and is a regional commercial, educational, and artistic center. It is nicknamed the mori no miyako (grove capital) because it retains the beauty, as well as the cultural traditions, of an ancient capital. In modern Kanazawa the great mansions of the warrior class, the waterways, and many historic temple shrines still provide links to the past.

Please note, 1 Kanazawa credit is equal to 1 W&M credit.

The tuition exchange agreement between the College of William and Mary and Kanazawa University allows William and Mary students to pay their regular tuition to William and Mary while taking classes at Kanazawa. The exchange program is best for VA in-state students. Students not chosen for the exchange program have the option of assisted enrollment. Assisted enrollment requires W&M students to pay tuition to Kanazawa University. Out-of-state students often find assisted enrollment the best option. All W&M students will pay housing, meals and fees on site in Kanazawa.

Host Institution:
Kanazawa University

Academic Year (October - August)

Application Deadline:
February 1

W&M Junior while abroad
3.0 GPA

Language Requirement:
Two years of college-level Japanese

Course Information:
Program A students may choose from Japanese language courses, English-taught content courses and, with sufficient language proficiency, full university curriculum, as described above.

Academic Credits:
Courses must be pre– or post-approved. Grades will not appear on W&M transcript or be included in GPA calculations.

Program Fees:
Exchange: W&M tuition paid to W&M.
Assisted Enrollment:  Tuition paid directly to Kanazawa. Visit

Housing, Meals, Fees:
Room and board paid on site in Kanazawa. A $75 application fee, $200 off-campus fee and insurance fee of approximately $34 per month apply to all students, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office.

The Reves Center advisor for Kanazawa University programs is Molly DeStafney (  For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.