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Student Exchange Program 2017/2018

The University Exchange

"To educate women capable of contributing to society" is the central spirit of Mukogawa Gakuin founded by Kiichiro Koe in 1939. Now Mukogawa Gakuin is a comprehensive educational institution consisting of Mukogawa Women's University, Junior College, Jr. and Sr. High School and Kindergarten, enrolling a total of approximately 12,000 students. MWU has 6 graduate schools and 6 undergraduate schools with 14 departments, while the Junior College has 7 departments. MWU grants students Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. Degrees. MWU is fully accredited through the Japanese University Accreditation Association.

The Student Exchange Program

The Student Exchange Program (SEP) invites selected female students from partner institutions to join the program. The SEP is designed to provide students with a well-rounded knowledge of not only the language but also Japanese culture and society as a whole. In addition, students can take some regular university courses so they can enhance their knowledge in their areas of studying and share experience with MWU students in the class. In order to achieve this purpose, the curriculum consists of three parts: the Japanese language, Japanese culture & affairs and regular university courses. Exchange students can take some regular university courses, taught in Japanese, depending on their Japanese proficiency and teachers' approval.

Exchange students can apply to study in the SEP through their home institution. They are granted academic credits based on the system applicable to regular MWU students. Exchange students are free to use the same facilities of MWU as regular students.

Admission Requirements

Exchange students must be matriculated students of a partner institution of Mukogawa Women's University. All student applications must be approved by the home institution. It is recommended that students have previosly studied Japanese language. We will, however, give as much consideration as possible to the partner institution's selection.

Curriculum

(1) Japanese Language

The aim is to develop the four skills to increace the student's command of the Japanese language through intensive language study. Language classes are offered 8 times a week in the Spring and Fall semesters.

(2) Japanese Culture & Affairs

The Japanese Culture & Affairs class offers lectures on various aspects of Japanese culture and society to deepen students' understanding of Japan. The courses are taught in English and offered two or three times a week in the Spring and Fall semesters. These courses are also open to regular MWU students.

(3) Selected Regular University Courses

Most regular courses are offered once a week in the Spring and Fall semesters. Almost all the regular university classes are taught in Japanese. After consulting with an academic advisor, students may take some courses.

Academic Year

This program has adopted the semester system; Spring semester (April ~ July) and Fall semester (September ~ January). Students start the program from the Spring semester basically and take one or two terms at MWU. (Some students can only take fall semester.)

Application Deadline

The application deadline for 2018 Spring term is October 31, 2017.

Medical Insurance

We do not have university insurance. Exchange students are required to obtain insurance coverage for the time spent at MWU, particularly health and accident insurance.

Accommodation

Exchange students will stay in a university dormitory. Each room accommodates two students. In principle, exchange students will share a room with a Japanese student. It is a valuable experience for international students to live with Japanese students. It will provide students not only with an environment to develop their Japanese language skills, but also with many opportunities to understand the customs and ways of thinking of young Japanese people. Students are expected to observe dormitory rules for a successful dorm experience.

Expenses

Students are exempt from paying tuition for the exchange program SEP under an agreement between their home institute and MWU. Dormitory fees and living expenses such as the cost of clothing, lunches, textbooks, telephone and transportation are to be paid by the students.
The dormitory room fee is about \61,500 per month, which includes two meals (breakfast and dinner) everyday.

Scholarship Opportunities

HUMAP (Hyogo University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific) offers a scholarship for exchange students who attend a HUMAP-affiliated university in their home country. This HUMAP scholarship is for students who study in Japan for between six months and one year. Another scholarship from JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) is for students who study for a period of between three months and one year. Both of these scholarships include a monthly stipend of \80,000 and Moving Arrival Allowance of \80,000. However, only a limited number of scholarships can be granted. If students cannot receive either, they will be provided with a Mukogawa Scholarship with the same conditions as those mentioned.

The Campus

MWU is located in Nishinomiya, which is known as a lively but quiet city of education and culture between the two big cities, Osaka and Kobe. The institution has easy access from both the Osaka International Airport (30 minutes) located in Itami and the Kansai International Airport (50 minutes), respectively. Mt. Rokko lies to the north and Osaka Bay to the south. The Mukogawa River is just east of the campus. The region enjoys a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. MWU's campus is composed of 124 acres with many russet-colored buildings, such as the Multi-Media Building which houses 1,300 personal computers, as well as a library, an auditorium, and gymnasiums.

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