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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 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.

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:
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.

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.