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Application (Exchange Students)

Students participating in the exchange program are selected by their home institutions to complete a semester or one year of undergraduate study at the International Division of Seinan Gakuin University (SGU). Non-English speakers are required to have proficiency in English to understand the classes taught in English. However, proficiency in Japanese is not required for admission.


The following schedule shows the normal procedures for accepting students from abroad. Incoming students should follow the required process according to this schedule in order to arrive in Fukuoka in time. 

Fall semester Spring semester *The schedule is subject to change.
March 1 September 15 Nomination deadline (by coordinator)
March 31 September 30 Submission deadline (by nominee)
- Online Application
Required Documents (via email)
May October
Notification to your institution of admission
 - Digital Copy of Letter of Admission
June November Housing Application
July December

The following documents will be emailed to you and
your institution:
 - Student Visa Application Guidance  
 - Electronic Certificate of Eligibility (CoE)*
   (*A document issued by Fukuoka Regional Immigration Bureau.
    It serves as approval from the Japanese Immigration Services that
    you meet the entry requirements as set by the GoJ.)

August January Arrival in Fukuoka
Orientation Sessions
Semester Begins


[STEP 1] Complete Nomination (by coordinator)
Deadline: September 15, 2023
Your Study Abroad Coordinator must nominate you for an exchange at SGU.

          APPLY ONLINE         

[STEP 2] Complete the Online Exchange Application
Deadline: September 30, 2023
Your Study Abroad Coordinator informs you of the password in order for you to submit the online form.

* Housing Application
The admitted students will receive detailed information on housing application procedures via email in November.

[STEP 3] Submit Required Documents
Deadline: September 30, 2023
Send the following documents in the format specified files via email at

Note: All required documents must be in either Japanese or English. In case the original documents are in any other languages, please attach a translation.


Please scan and send us both sides of your most recent official transcript including the grading system notes issued by your home institution. We DO NOT accept unofficial copies of transcripts (e.g. a student copy). If applicable, please also send us any other higher education transcripts (e.g. transfer institutions, Bachelor’s program).


You must have sufficient financial resources for the duration of your stay in Japan (more than 400,000JPY for one semester or 800,000JPY for two semesters).

The following scanned documents can be accepted:
- an official statement of your (or your financial sponsor’s) bank account with a bank seal or signature
- an official electronic statement of your (or your financial sponsor’s) bank account generated in PDF format through an online banking system with a bank seal or signature
- an official letter showing evidence of formal student financial aid (e.g. scholarship, loan)
*Any document/statement without a bank seal or signature and a screenshot of transaction history of your (or your financial sponsor’s) bank account are NOT accepted.


This form must be filled completely. If some items are left blank, the reexamination of those items will be required before enrollment in Seinan Gakuin University.


Please scan and send us your passport ID page.


The Certificate of Eligibility is one of the necessary documents required for you to apply for your student visa at the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan. As a proxy, we file your CoE application at the Immigration Bureau in Fukuoka. Please look at the   Sample Application Form carefully and fill out the form.
*If you hold Japanese citizenship, you do not need to apply for a student visa.

You will be asked to re-send us the application form if:
- you change any of the formatting (paper size, page orientation, zoom etc)
- your form is converted into a PDF or another type of file


Make sure your photo has been taken within the last 2 months. A photo must be sharp and clear. The applicant should face squarely towards the camera. The background should be plain white. No hats, caps or head coverings.

If you would like to be nominated for the JASSO scholarship, please consult with your Study Abroad Coordinator at your home institution. For more details, refer to the Financial Costs and Aid website.

*Any information given to the Center for International Education will be strictly confidential and be only used for the applicant's admission and visa purpose, not to be used for any other purposes.

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