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Kanda University of International Studies Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Calendar Year, Academic Year


Chiba, Japan




Good academic and disciplinary standing; 3.0 GPA; some prior Japanese study; refer to the Application tab for more details

Application Due:

Fall & Academic Year:

Feb. 21

Spring & Calendar Year: Sep. 26

Program Cost:

Refer to the Application tab for more details

Study Abroad Advisor:

Ana Jimenez

international office with students from all over the world holding up flags

The International Office

Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) is a private university located in Chiba, close to Tokyo. The motto of KUIS is, "Languages are the foundation to link the world in peace." The university is dedicated to developing individuals who have the ability to communicate with people all over the world. With this goal in mind, the Japanese Language and Culture Program (Ryugakusei Bekka) was established in September 2000. This reciprocal exchange program between the University of Iowa and KUIS allows UI students to undertake a semester, academic year, or calendar year of study in the Japanese Language and Culture Program at Kanda.

Note: The purpose of this student exchange is to facilitate an educational experience in an unfamiliar environment for participating students. To that end, students are not eligible to return to their home country to study through this exchange program.

Academic Program

Students admitted into this exchange will primarily focus on intensive Japanese language learning through Kanda's Interaction with Japanese Program. The main academic component of this program is a set of compulsory language courses (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) totaling 8 s.h. Students must also enroll in at least 6 s.h. of elective courses (2 s.h. each) that reinforce language competencies (pronunciation, grammar, etc.) or sociolinguistic and sociocultural competencies. Most of these electives are taught in Japanese, although two are taught in English. The compulsory language courses and elective courses are intended to support language acquisition and cultural immersion. As such, this program is most suitable for Japanese majors and minors or students with a sincere interest in developing their Japanese language skills.

Exchange students are required to take a minimum of 14 s.h. per semester and are able to take up to 18 s.h. per semester while studying at KUIS. Credit received from KUIS will be treated as transfer credit. Interested students should make an appointment with the UI Study Abroad advisor for more information on transfer credit and be prepared to consult with their academic advisor, as well.

KUIS provides a scholarship of 20,000 JPY per month to students who have above 90% attendance. Exchange students may be eligible to apply for a JASSO Japanese government scholarship, although availability of the JASSO scholarship varies from year to year. If students receive the JASSO scholarship (48,000 JPY/month), they will not receive the KUIS scholarship stipend.

Cultural Activities

Karate Demonstration, with a very high kick to break boards

Karate Demonstration from the Student Club

There are many activities available to the exchange students throughout the year at KUIS. Because KUIS is dedicated to developing individuals who have the ability to communicate with people all over the world, they have a Culture Exchange Deck, Multilingual Communication Center, and many other spaces on campus dedicated to facilitating cultural exchange. KUIS also has a very robust campus life and many clubs and circles that exchange students are encouraged to join.


Program will not be available for the Spring 2021 semester.

KUIS operates on the traditional Japanese academic calendar, which begins in the spring and goes through the fall. Thus, the Japanese academic calendar aligns with the calendar year, as opposed to the American system. Therefore, please note that these are the dates for the first and second semesters of KUIS's academic year:

First Semesters (Spring) are typically from early April through late July.

Second Semesters (Fall) are typically from late September through mid January, although KUIS gives exchange students the option to take final exams in December.

For More Info

If you have questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5).

Ana Jimenez
Study Abroad Advisor & Program Coordinator
Tel: +1 319-335-0353

Kanda University of International Studies

very modern center of campus with various colors and nontraditional design motifs.

Very Modern Center of Campus

Kanda University of International Studies was founded in 1987 with the goal of developing individuals with the ability to communicate across cultures. The University has departments of English, Spanish and Portuguese, Asian Languages, and International Communication. In addition to its undergraduate programs, it offers two MA programs and a PhD program in Language Sciences. In 2000, KUIS established the Japanese Language and Culture Program for visiting students from partner institutions.

The campus includes a Multilingual Communication Center (MULC) that houses seven language areas where international students can speak with Japanese students studying Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, Spanish, or Portuguese. Another building contains a lounge called the Cultural Exchange Deck that invites social interaction and foreign language practice between local and international students. Kanda's campus also has a medical center and multiple cafeterias and cafes.


Kanda boasts a spacious campus in the model school zone located in the Makuhari New City Area in Chiba Prefecture. This area is famous for its giant arena - the Makuhari Messe - surrounded by new business buildings and nice shopping malls. Many large companies, including IBM, Cannon and SEIKO, call Chiba home. It is only a 30-minute train ride to Tokyo and 40 minutes to Narita International Airport.

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Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

women's dormitory room, with a bunk bed and ladder.  very clean, compact, and very nice.

Women's Dormitory Room

Living options include residence halls and apartment-style housing. The residence halls have mostly single rooms that include a bed, study desk and chair, closet, mini refrigerator, and air conditioning. Some residence halls have shared bathrooms, while others have private bathrooms in each dorm room. Each residence hall has shared kitchen and laundry facilities and internet access.

Subject to availability, students can also choose to live in studio apartments located in a building a short distance (5 minutes by bicycle) from the KUIS campus. Each apartment includes a bed, study desk and chair, futon, washer, mini refrigerator, microwave, and air conditioning. The building also includes internet access.

Cost information, photos, and floor plans of these housing options are available in the Accommodation section of the KUIS website. Please note that student must pay KUIS directly for their housing costs each semester.

Travel Arrangements

Students are advised NOT to purchase airline tickets until they receive acceptance confirmation from both UI and KUIS. If you have questions and/or concerns about this, please contact the UI Study Abroad advisor at 319-335-0353.

Students are expected to find their own flights to Japan, though UI Study Abroad can assist by providing advice regarding airline booking options. KUIS will provide accepted students with more information on arrival details closer to the date of departure.


The KUIS Exchange is open to UI students of all majors who have an serious interest in Japanese language and fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment: Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program's subject matter and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
  • Preparedness and maturity: Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibly abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to all program participants while abroad.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA: Students must have at minimum a 3.0 cumulative GPA to participate in this program.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad. In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance, will not be allowed to study abroad and are wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.
  • Prior study of Japanese language: Although the Japanese Language and Culture Program at KUIS offers language coursework from beginner to upper intermediate levels, some basic familiarity with Japanese language is necessary to be successful in this program.
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing: Students must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the time the program begins. First year students cannot participate in this program.
  • Approval of UI Study Abroad advisor: A student's application must be reviewed and approved by their UI Study Abroad advisor.
  • Acceptance by host institution: The number of participants is limited by reciprocity in the numbers to be exchanged, and meeting the minimum requirement for eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Even if a student is nominated by their UI Study Abroad advisor to participate in the exchange, the final acceptance decision is made by the international student office and the sponsoring departments at KUIS based on their own internal requirements.

Program Costs


University of Iowa students pay their regular University of Iowa tuition and mandatory student fees and study at our partner university without further tuition payment. However, students should be prepared to pay the host university directly for certain expenses, such as housing. These expenses are included in the program cost sheet (more information below).

Study Abroad Administrative Fees

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are charged for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

Cost Sheets

Cost sheets are documents that outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. Please contact your UI Study Abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet by calling 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

PDFCost Sheet for KUIS Exchange, Spring 2020 - for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences students

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the UI Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore UI Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a UI Study Abroad program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your UI Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

The online application for the Spring Semester and Calendar Year Programs will be available from Aug. 1 to Sept. 26.

The online application for the Fall Semester and Academic Year Programs will be available from Jan. 1 to Feb. 21.

How to Apply

NOTE: This program is not available for Spring 2021. Please email if you have questions.

Interested students should make an appointment with the designated UI Study Abroad advisor to discuss the program and the application process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 319-335-0353. During the appointment, the advisor will provide full application instructions. Note: Application materials will not be reviewed unless a student has already met with the advisor to discuss the program.

The application process consists of three major steps:

  • Step 1: After meeting with the UI Study Abroad advisor, students must complete the online UI Study Abroad Application.
  • Step 2: The UI Study Abroad Application is reviewed. If the student meets the requirements for the program and there are sufficient spaces available in the exchange, the UI Study Abroad advisor nominates them for study at KUIS.
  • Step 3: Once nominated, the student completes the exchange student application process for KUIS. All required application materials must be submitted to the UI Study Abroad office by the date(s) specified. The advisor will then send the application materials to KUIS. The application is reviewed by KUIS, which makes the final acceptance decision.
  • Confirmation of Participation

    Spring 2020

    Once you receive notification that you have been nominated by UI to participate in the KUIS Exchange, download and carefully review the PDFConfirmation of Participation form including the Withdrawal Policy. By signing and submitting this form to our office, you agree to accept the program’s Withdrawal Policy, which outlines the financial commitments you would have in the event of withdrawing your participation from the program. Please return this form to UI Study Abroad (1111 UCC) by November 18, 2019. Students who do not submit this form to our office by this date will be automatically withdrawn from the program.

    In addition to submitting their Confirmation of Participation form, students should review the following:

    Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

    UI Financial Aid Information

    Students are also encouraged to complete the PDFHealth Preparation Guide for International Travel form with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.

    Important: Students who are studying abroad in Japan should apply early for a Yakkan Shoumei certificate to be able to bring a supply of medication into Japan. For more information and instructions, please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy & Consultates in Japan. The site contains the application for a Yakkan Shoumei certificate.


    In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by the host university. See below for more information.

    Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

    You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email

    Program-Specific Orientation

    This orientation will be facilitated by your UI Study Abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.


    Any students who will need to apply for a Japanese visa will need to wait until receiving their official admission letter from KUIS before they can begin applying for a visa. UI Study Abroad staff can provide some assistance and advising on the Japanese visa application process, but ultimately the individual traveler (the student) is the person who is responsible for providing correct information on the visa application and securing the visa and all other required documentation prior to travel.