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For overseas students, Momoyama has four types of inbound programme: the Exchange Student Programme (see below), the Japanese Business & Tourism Programme, the Short-Term Japanese Programme,
and the Full-Time *International Degree Programme.

*International Degree Programme
Please request separate leaflet - in Japanese only - from Admissions Office.

Inbound Programmes

1. Exchange Student Programme


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2. Japanese Business & Tourism Programme

3. Japanese Programme

1. Exchange Student Programme

Momoyama Gakuin University accepts recommended students from its affiliated overseas institutions as exchange students for terms of either six months (one semester) or one year (two semesters), beginning at the end of March (the spring semester) or in mid-September (the autumn semester).

About the program

Courses Taught in English   PDFDownload Course Book

Most of the courses taught in English at Momoyama are open to exchange students. These include classes on Japanese economics and business as well as on culture, history, and society. In addition, English-language introductory courses on Japanese culture are available.

Japanese Language Courses for Exchange Students

Japanese Language Courses are provided for exchange students, ranging from Level A, for beginners who have not studied Japanese before, to Level D, for advanced learners. Students who are taking or have finished Level D can register for regular courses conducted in Japanese.

Regular Courses Taught in Japanese

Exchange students with adequate skill in Japanese can enroll for any regular course regardless of which faculty/department they are enrolled in.

Academic Adviser

Each exchange student is assigned an academic adviser, a full-time Momoyama lecturer who will offer advice on any problems, particularly those relating to the student´s academic life.

Japanese Language Courses

Course Level

Class hours



Level A

3 hours x 2 days

1.5 hours x 1 day

Japanese characters
1.5 hours x 1 day

1 semester
(15 weeks)

Conversation and
Japanese characters (Kana/Kanji) classes
are set up by the international center and
are non credit bearing.
The international centre will issue a certificate of completion for these classes.

Level B

Level C

Level D
(Upper Intermediate)

Tuition Fees

Exchange students recommended by one of our affiliated overseas institutions are exempt from payment of tuition fees. Expenses other than tuition (including round-trip travel costs and living expenses) must be borne by the students themselves.


The University provides apartment accommodation within walking distance of the campus for each exchange student.

Rooms are equipped with mini-kitchen, bath/lavatory/toilet, desk, chair, desktop lamp, book-stand, TV set, video player, BS antenna, rice cooker, refrigerator, bed, futon set, air conditioner, closet, fully-automatic washing machine, storage space, and internal phone. Internet access is also available (fee required).

Student Support System

The International Centre is the organization principally responsible for the support of exchange students who come to Momoyama. In addition, the Resident Assistants, the Student Community and the Buddy System introduced below, together with the Educational Support Association (Kyoiku Koen Kai) and the Alumni Association (Dosokai), all share in the task of helping students to settle down.

7 June 2012
Important Notice from the International Centre,
Momoyama Gakuin University (St. Andrew’s University)

In July 2012, the new resident management system (在留管理制度) became effective in accordance with the revised Immigration Control Act (入管法) of 2009. ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are strongly advised to read the following site very carefully.

ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are strongly advised to read the following site very carefully. A new edition of the handbook will be posted by early August 2012.

Immigration Bureau of Japan(法務省入国管理局)

Start of a New Residency Management System! 「新しい在留管理制度がスタート!」
(English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and other languages are available.)

Orientation    PDFDownload Handbook

For their first week or so at Momoyama, all exchange students attend an Orientation programme organized by the International Centre. This includes information about the intricacies of Alien Registration and taking out National Insurance, how to open a bank account and purchase a mobile phone, and so on. We also help you register for classes, tell you about the university´s various clubs and circles, give you some basic information about Japanese manners and customs, and take you on a day trip to a special facility set up in Osaka to train people in the techniques needed to deal with sudden disasters like earthquakes and fires.

Resident Assistants

The Resident Assistants, a Momoyama student living in the same building as the exchange students, are available to advise them about their daily lives in Japan, help them handle emergencies such as sickness, accident, or injury, show new arrivals around, and so on.

Buddy System

To help you get acclimatized, the University will provide you with a "Buddy", a full-time Momoyama student selected on the basis of the information you give us about yourself in your application, who will act as your guide during your time here. Before your arrival you will be able to communicate with your buddy using email, and we will arrange a first meeting after you get here.


Faculty of International Studies and Liberal Arts (2nd Year),

The Buddy System was set up to provide individual support and help for international students coming to Momoyama. As soon as your schedule is confirmed, one of us will email you so that by the time you arrive on campus you will already have at least one friend here. The System is popular with international students because it removes a lot of the stress of arriving in a strange place for the first time. I was buddy to an exchange student, and when I went to meet her at the welcome party, because we´d been exchanging emails for so long, it was as if we were already old friends even though we were in fact meeting for the first time. While she was here she came to me for advice on many things, and we really did become good friends. Not only will your buddy be a friend who will help you with every aspect of your stay from study problems to lifestyle choices; the Buddy System is also a great way to experience cultural exchange at the individual level. We´re all looking forward to welcoming you to Momoyama!

Student Community

Momoyama students have made up a student community to help exchange students with any problems they encounter in their daily lives, and who plan various special events to help them settle in.

Faculty of International Studies and Liberal Arts (4th Year)

Our Community includes about 70 Japanese students and also a large number of international students. As well as helping exchange students to settle in, we take them on field trips to places like Kyoto and to traditional handicrafts centres. Our regular kimono party in which international and Japanese students all wear traditional Japanese dress is one of our most popular events! We also organize sports meetings and things like "takoyaki" parties. Of course, we realize that being an exchange student is not all parties, so we also offer our support for all your day-to-day problems including study-related ones. You can always find us in the International Common Room, and we look forward to seeing you there soon! Needless to say, the Common Room is open to Japanese students as well as international ones, so it´s a good place not only to make Japanese friends but also to meet people from all over the world. We hope that you will make lots of friends during your stay, and make your Momoyama experience as rich as possible!

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