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W&M Exchange- Kanazawa
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 at a glace:
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 and enrolls approximately 8,000 students.  

Beginning Fall 2016, Kanazawa University introduced a September - December Program (KUSDP) that is open by invitation only to Kanazawa's nine partner institutions with student exchange partnerships.  This program offers Japanese language classes, lectures on Japanese culture and society, and independent research on a topic of the student's interest in the field of Japanese culture and society.  The program start with intensive Japanese language classes and hands-on cultural experiences outside of the classroom.  Students are expected to pick a topic of their research and start working with a professor.  After having a week long orientation, students will take classes with other international and Japanese students.  Students will copmlete the program by finishing the independent research and presenting the results.  

KUSDP is capped at 10 students.

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.

Overlooking the Sea of Japan, the city of Kanazawa is renowned for its scenic beauty, rich traditional and modern culture, and hospitality. It is approximately five hours by train from Tokyo and is a regional commercial, educational, and artistic center.   The city of Kanazawa contains the great mansions of the warrior class, waterways, one of the most famous botanical gardens and castle in Japan, many historic temple shrines, art museums, and other sites of historical and cultural significance.  A large city of almost half a million people, there are numerous shopping centers, boutiques, restaurants, and markets within reach.  Kanazawa University is located on the outskirts of the city, about a 30 minute bus ride from the center of town.  The university is surrounded by nature and is about a 30 minute walk to the nearest shopping mall.  

Host Institution:
Kanazawa University

Fall only, September - December

Application Deadline:
March 15

W&M Junior while abroad
3.0 GPA

Language Requirement:
Students should have completed one year's worth of Japanese language courses.

Course Information:
Students take Japanese language courses and courses on Japanese culture and society in addtion to an independent study topic of the student's choice that pertains to Japanese culture and society.  The first two weeks students will take an intensive Japanese language course and partake in cultural experiences and related lectures.  Afterwards, there will be a semester program orientation, followed by taking courses with other international and Japanese students.  Students will conduct their independent research during the last two weeks of the program, in addition to experiencing more cultural activities and related lectures.

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.

Housing, Meals, Fees:
Students will stay either in a dormitory or the guest house on campus.  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.  Airfare and visa fees are the responsibiilty of the student.

The Global Education Office 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.