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  • Locations: Nagasaki, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Faculty Director(s) / Program Contact: Xochitl Valencia Program Type: MnSU Exchange Program
Language of Instruction: English Intent of Program: Education Abroad
Program Length: Semester or Year Program sponsorship indicator: Mankato Program
Program Description:

Location: Nagasaki, Japan

**This program is only open to women **

Nagasaki is a small city in the west of Japan, surrounded by mountains and the sea. Since olden times, Nagasaki has played an important role in Japan's exchange with other countries. During Japan's period of National Isolation Nagasaki provided the one window to the outside world, and relationships with the Chinese and the Dutch continued there. Then from the Meiji Era, Nagasaki flourished as a trading port, and became one of the gateways to Japan from abroad.

Nagasaki is a well-known sightseeing area. In the surrounding areas there is a lot of evidence of past exchange with China, Holland, and other European countries; for example, Chinatown, a Confucian Shrine, Chinese-style temples and houses, Western-style houses, and Glover Garden.

At the end of World War II, a large number of lives were lost and great suffering caused by the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Still today, Nagasaki is appealing against nuclear weapons and working to send messages promoting peace to the world. Having grown up in a climate influenced by this history, the people of Nagasaki are, in general, very open and friendly to foreigners.

Eligibility to Apply
  1. Applicants with foreign nationality
  2. Applicants who are female students only
  3. Completed 12 years of regular school education in countries other than Japan
  4. Studied Japanese and/or English at the university
  5. Have residence qualification of "University Student Visa" by "Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law"
  6. Can acquire the residence qualification of "University Student Visa"

Application Documents
This information applies to students entering as Exchange International Students:
  1.  Completed Application Form (official Kwassui form with photograph attached). The applicant should fill in the application forms herself in Japanese or English. State reasons for applying to Kwassui Women’s University (To be written by the applicant in Japanese, 400 characters,or English.)
  2. Certification of enrollment and Transcript of academic record. *If the original is in the student’s mother tongue, a Japanese or English translation should be sent along with the original.)
  3. Health certificate (official Kwassui form to have been completed by a doctor within the past three months)
  4. Letter of recommendation from the principal, president, dean or head of department of the most recently attended academic institution (official Kwassui form)
  5. Statement of plan for financial support (statement of how you plan to pay Kwassui fees and living expenses), if required
  6. Certification of employment of student’s financial supporter, if required
  7.  Statement of income of student’s financial supporter, if required
  8. Certification of bank balance (showing ability to cover school fees, accommodation and living fees), if required
  9. Copy of passport (picture page)
  10. Three photographs (3cm×4cm) with student’s name on the back

Services for International and Exchange Students
Financial:-  There is a 50% reduction in tuition fees for international students who are not entering through a one-for-one exchange program.
Academic and general support.  The International Student Exchange Center functions to provide support for international students in both daily life and university life.  The center is where Japanese classes for international students are taught, and is always a place where Japanese and international students can get together.  Individual tutoring by Japanese students can be arranged for international students.

 Student Residence Hall – Nankoryo
  • The residence hall is a 10-story building for 306 students on the Shinto-machi campus. Both Japanese and international students can live there. Rooms are Western-style twin arrangement.
  • Each room has a desk, chair, bookcase, desk lamp, bed, closet (wardrobe), and locker for each student, and a refrigerator and an air-conditioning/heating unit. 
  • General facilities include piano practice rooms, computer rooms, sewing and ironing room, reading room, first aid room, dining room, meeting room, tatami room, consultation room, study rooms, cooking and laundry facilities, showers, and a Japanese-style bath.
  •  There is air-conditioning/heating throughout the building, and there are public telephones, elevators, and copying facilities
Course Offerings

Kwassui offers a full range of Japanese courses for foreign students, along with programs in many disciplines, including:

  • Art
  • Music
  • English
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Teacher Education
Accommodation and Safety
Compared with the big Japanese cities, Nagasaki is safe, has relatively cheap prices, and is generally a place where international students find it easy to live. Also, as Kwassui's residence hall has places available for international students, it is possible to live with Japanese students and concentrate on study in a secure environment.
Academic Calendar

Annual Schedule




Entrance ceremony
Guidance for new students
Student Council welcome event


Golden Week short vacation
Welcome party for international students
Sports Day
International student bus excursion


End of first semester classes
Open Campus


First semester final examinations
Open Campus
Summer vacation
Summer overseas study programs


Seminar excursions
Club overnight experiences
Start of second semester classes

Second semester


Keisetsukai (Student festival)


Special religious lectures


Founder's Day
Christmas worship
Classes break for winter vacation


Classes resume


End of second semester classes
Second semester final examinations


Graduation recital
Graduation worship
Graduation ceremony
Spring Overseas Study Programs

Special Academic Programs for International Students

Kwassui provides a Japanese Language Program for international students through the International Student Exchange Center. There are five steps to the Japanese Language Program, with a Preliminary Level and Levels I-IV. This Japanese language program is not limited to preparation for regular university classes and supplementary lessons, but seeks to improve students' overall practical Japanese ability. We aim to produce people who can use Japanese to conduct business. Students learn about the society and culture which form the setting for Japanese as well as studying the language itself, and so improve their Japanese ability. Students are given support to gain practical Japanese skills and to increase their powers of Japanese literacy.


General Student Activities 

Campus events include Sports Day in the spring, and the university festival and the celebration of Founder's Day in the fall. Kwassui has a weekly chapel hour, and there are also retreats and a special Christmas worship. There are a variety of extracurricular activities. Sports clubs include tennis, volleyball, swimming, and table tennis. There are cultural activities such as flower arrangement and tea ceremony. A number of circles are involved in volunteer activities, and Kwassui has a student YWCA.

Program Fee Includes

  • tuition and fees
  • host university housing information assistance
  • personalized pre-departure advising
  • immigration visa guidance
  • parental support and advisement
  • scholarship advising and assistance
  • transcript assistance
  • student health insurance* (additional insurance coverage mandated by Japanese Government not included)
  • Nagasaki University mandatory orientation in Nagasaki

Kwassui Women's University
Contact information

Address:  1-50 Higashiyamate-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan 850-8515
Telephone:  81-95-822-4107 (main switchboard) 
Fax: 81-95-828-3702 
E-mail for the International Student Center:    

The most important information in English can be found here:

 The main website is in Japanese (

Updated by Kiersten L.
Date Updated: August 2015