Exchange Program - Saitama University

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Study Abroad in Saitama, the ‘Oasis of Tokyo’ — a historic city whose forests were planted centuries ago by peace-loving Samurais who nurtured the land instead of living by the sword. Saitama is the famous backdrop for Japanese animated films.

Saitama University is one of Japan’s most innovative institutions. Unique among Japanese universities, Saitama has thriving liberal arts and interdisciplinary educational programs. With its moderate size (9,000 students), generous scholarship opportunities, dynamic student life, and recreation facilities, Saitama is an ideal fit for UNH students interested in Japanese language and culture. The university also has a wide variety of courses taught in English, which draws students from around the world.

Located in the Okubo neighborhood of Saitama City, the university’s tree-lined campus is an enjoyable place to study, get involved in extracurricular activities, and meet students from all over Japan and the world. From campus, you can view the skyscrapers of Saitama’s city center, the majestic peak of Mt. Fuji and the Chichubu Mountains, and you can easily take the train to Tokyo to enjoy the amazing cultural offerings of this world-class city, less than an hour away. For more information on Saitama University, visit www.saitama-u.ac.jp/en

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students at Saitama University eating their bento lunchAcademics: UNH undergraduates take intensive Japanese language courses along with classes taught in English in liberal arts and economics. More than 50 courses are regularly offered, from beginner to advanced level. This exchange program is particularly well-suited for Political Science, History, Japanese language and Asian studies students. 

Graduate students should contact Catherine D’Auteuil, the Coordinator of Student Programs, for specific course information.

Housing and Meals: All exchange students are given priority to move into I-House, the on-campus international dormitory—a pleasant living environment for students at very reasonable prices. Each unit includes a private bathroom and kitchen furnished with basic electric appliances and utensils and is only a two-minute walk from the main buildings.  There is 24-hour security on campus. 

Extra-Curricular Activities: Saitama University is home to more than 178 student organizations representing a wide range of interests. The most popular ones for international students are Aikido, Kendo, Cycling and cooking.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid: UNH students pay their normal tuition and some fees, which is often the most affordable way to study abroad. UNH currently allows federal, state and institutional aid except work study to transfer for all UNH study abroad programs. Because each student’s financial aid package is unique, you will need to work with the UNH Financial Aid Office to learn how your financial aid will apply.

There are two generous scholarship opportunities for UNH students, the JASSO (Japanese Government) scholarship for full-year students and a Saitama University scholarship for spring semester students. Contact Catherine D’Auteuil, the Coordinator of Student Programs for details.

Tokyo Tower, JapanTravel & Insurance: Students purchase their flight independently. Visit the study abroad section of the CIE website for information about the UNH Insurance and Travel Assistance Program. 

Eligibility: Students need to meet UNH study away eligibility requirements. Visit the study abroad section of the CIE website for details.

Application Deadlines:  October 1 for spring semester and March 15th for academic year. There is no program available for only the fall semester.

What next? Attend a Study Abroad Information Session.  Applications are available from Catherine D’Auteuil, the Coordinator of Student Programs.

 

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