niigata / Niigata University
Program for Exchange Students
Niigata City Japan
Program A/B
2020 Spring (2nd Cycle)

General Information

Host Institution

Niigata University is the largest national university with 13,000 students on the Honshu main island along the coast of the Japan Sea (East Sea according to the Korean name). The bullet train "Shinkansen" takes you from Tokyo to Niigata train station in about two hours passing through mountains in the center of the island. Niigata International Airport has direct flights not only to major Japanese airports such as Narita, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka etc. but also to Inchon (for Seoul), Shanghai, etc.
The City of Niigata has a population of 800,000, but it is characterized by various industries including agriculture. Actually the Prefecture of Niigata is well-known as the producer of the best rice of Japan. Its traditional industries, some of which used to produce hooks, hoes, knives etc. for local use, now produce the case of iPad etc., adjusting themselves to the contemporary needs of the world. Because of these various industries, living costs are reasonable and the living environment is also agreeable, although those from warm countries may first be surprised by the weather in winter while enjoying snow and skiing in mountainous areas.
We are pleased to continue our USCO Multilateral Exchange Program (UME, or Program A) for 2018 April enrollment in addition to the programs under bilateral agreements with various universities in Asia, the Pacific, Europe and America. Enjoy the various research subjects Niigata University provides as well as the living environment and the life with various students not only from Japan (not only from Niigata) but also from many other countries here at Niigata University.

Mailing Address
8050 Ikarashi Ni-no-cho, Nishi Ward , Niigata City , Niigata Prefecture

Study Abroad Year
Spring Semester
Nomination Deadline
2nd cycle: 19/Sep/2019

*Application reception will begin on the 2nd cycle

Contact information

Accept Program A 2students / Semester
Accept Program B

0students / Semester

Local currency exchange rate

1USD ≒105

Update date 13/Apr/2020 06:27:48
Outline ID 362

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Content ◆Aim
The Program for Exchange Students at Niigata University provides students from our partner with opportunities to study various subjects at our university for a semester or two.
The exchange students are expected not only to study those subjects but also to develop their capabilities to contribute to the globalizing world in studying and living in different social settings.

◆Studying at Niigata University
Niigata University is a comprehensive university and provides various classes taught in Japanese and foreign languages (mainly English). It is characteristic of Niigata University that exchange students may study together with Japanese students even if they cannot speak Japanese.
◆Curriculum at Niigata University
Exchange students can take the following classes.
Class outlines and syllabuses can be found at the following website.
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(1) Japanese Language Learning
Japanese language subjects for international students start at JLPT-N4 level.
(2) Subjects taught in foreign language (English, Chinese etc.)
Niigata University offers classes taught in non-Japanese languages.
(3) Various subjects taught for regular students (taught mostly in Japanese)
Students who have advanved level of Japanese (JLPT-N2 or N1) may take courses taught in Japanese with permission by instructor(s).
Teaching Language Most classes of Niigata University are taught in Japanese language. As the number of subjects taught in English is limited, students who does not intend to take Japanese language learning subjects should plan carefully before departure, ask for information on course offering in advance, and consult your academic advisor at home about credit transfer. A small number of subjects are taught in French, Chinese or Korean.
Exchange Duration
1st Semester
From: 01/Apr/2020 To: 31/Aug/2020
2nd Semester
From: 02/Oct/2020 To: 26/Feb/2021
*Students can choose either 1 semester study or 2 semesters study

Applicants will be required to submit a separate set of application documents for Niigata University, which will be provided to the officer in charge of UMAP program at applicants' home university.

Language Proficiency Requirements

Accept Native English

There is no fixed requirement for language test scores; however the applicant must have good academic records which is equal to or more than 2.3 points by JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scale, and must have sufficient language proficiency in English or Japanese or both in order to be successful in class and to fulfill their academic goals.

Academic Field

There is no fixed requirement for GPA points; however, the applicant must have good academic records which is equal to or more than 2.3 points by JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scale, and must have sufficient language proficiency in English or Japanese or both in order to be successful in class and to fulfill their academic goals.

Instruction Facilities and Other Supports Exchange students have access to university facilities just as regular students of Niigata University including libraries and cafeterias, wi-fi on campus, and on-campus information system. Free pick-up service will be available, and orientation program, which provides important information for international students, is held following students' arrival.
Scholarship information
Housing Type
  • Dormitory
  • Off Campus accommodation

Housing charge
Local currency
  • 22,000 JPY monthly
  • USD $208 per month
Off Campus accommodation
  • USD $208 per month
Cost of living

Estimated living cost per month excluding Housing Fee

$ 400 - 500 per month
Medical Insurance Required (Instuation offers)
/ per semester
Visa Process Prepare Notification of Admission, Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for Resident Status, and passport, along with any other necessary documents, and apply for a visa at a Japanese diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate) in your own country. Contact the diplomatic mission in advance and ask what documents must be submitted.
Niigata University will apply for COE to Immigration Services Agency of Japan on behalf of students and will ship them to their home university as soon as they are issued.

Following nomination by partner universities, Niigata University will send applicants' universities our original application guidelines and forms. Application guidlines are published in September for the following academic year that starts in April. Application along with required documents must be submitted to Niigata University by coordinators of applicants' universities by deadlines set in the guidelines, which are normally around November 15 for Spring semester and May 15 for Fall semester. Notification regarding acceptance will be sent in within two months following the deadline. Certificate of Eligibility will be sent to applicants' universities in about three months following the deadline.

Please inform prospective dates of acceptance if the dates would be later than UMAP's Timeline for onlire placement period. It helps students to choose their preferences.


Link to the Course List available for international students / Other related links

Regular Academic Calendar (indicate the period)

First Semester
From:01/Apr/2020To:07/Aug/2020(5 months)
Second Semester
From:02/Oct/2020To:26/Feb/2021(5 months)
Third Semester
Fourth Semester
Website of academic year (to be updated)

Semester Load in Credits/Units

1UCTS = 1Credit/1.5ECTS/3CATS *What's UCTS?


General Timetable and Requirements for Graduation

Total Number of Credits Needed for Graduation
Number of Years Typically Needed to Complete Undergraduate Program

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