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  • Locations: Kanazawa, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 01/15/2019
Rolling Admission 09/21/2019 08/15/2020
Fall 2019 02/15/2019
Rolling Admission 09/09/2019 12/14/2019

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Minimum GPA: 3 Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Asian Studies, Japanese Language Prerequisite: Two semesters of college level Japanese
Term: Academic Year, Fall Language Courses Offered: Japanese
Housing Options: On Campus Program Advisor: Krista Paszkowsky
Credits: 12-18 per semester
Program Description:

Kanazawa University

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Kanazawa is the capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture which is located in the central part of mainland Japan. To its southeast are the mountains of the Japan Alps and to its northwest is the Sea of Japan. Kanazawa was founded as a castle town at the start of the Edo period in the early 17th century. Today, Kanazawa retains its cultural heritage with restored districts from this period but it is also a modern city with approximately 460,000 people. Buffalo and Kanazawa share a special relationship as international Sister Cities.

Kanazawa is one of the largest cities on the Sea of Japan coast and is surrounded by the Japan Alps, Hakusan National Park and Noto Peninsula National Park. This natural background combined with the two rivers that run through the city give Kanazawa a more relaxed feeling than many cities of a similar size. As a leading center of tourism, it is well-known for its modern museums, traditional performing arts and popular shopping districts. Kanazawa is located about 3.5 hours by train from Tokyo and 2.5 hours from Osaka.

While the roots of Kanazawa University can be traced back to 1862, it was not officially formed until 1949 with the integration of several institutions in the area. Today, Kanazawa University is a leading university for the region and continues to provide substantial contributions to the development of higher education in Japan as well as the global promotion of research. The university currently has about 11,000 students, which includes approximately 350 international students. The Kakuma Campus, where international students live and study, was built in 1995 and is located in a suburban area of Kanazawa.

University at Buffalo students have two options to study at Kanazawa University:  KUSDP or KUSEP 

The Kanazawa University September-December Program (KUSDP) is a Fall Semester Only option. This program is open to undergraduate students who have taken at least one year of College-level Japanese prior to studying abroad. KUSDP offers Japanese language classes, lectures on Japanese culture and society, and independent research on a topic of a student's interest in the field of Japanese culture and society. A tentative calendar for KUSDP 2017 may be viewed.

Both undergraduate and graduate students will join the Kanazawa University Student Exchange Program (KUSEP) for the Full Academic Year (Program A) experience or a Spring Semester (Program D) option. Participants take a language placement exam upon arrival in Kanazawa, and are registered for the appropriate language class level (beginner, intermediate or advanced). Students enroll in Japanese language courses and select additional elective courses each semester taught in English, covering a wide variety of topics including politics, mathematics, engineering, linguistics, economics, and others. All participants have the option to complete an independent study on a research topic of their own selection under the guidance of a specialist in that particular field. More information surrounding Programs A and D may be found on the Kanazawa website.
Kanazawa University provides accommodation for international exchange students in the on-campus International House. This dormitory is made up of single rooms. Each room has a toilet, shower, and kitchen facilities. There are shared common areas and laundry facilities.
For more information, see the Kanazawa University housing website.

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

KUSDP Program Dates:
Fall Semester: Early September -Mid December

KUSEP Program Dates:
Please note this is a full academic year or spring semester only program.
Fall Semester:  Late September - Late March
Spring Semester:  Late March - Early August

Fall Semester (KUSDP): February 15
Academic Year (KUSEP):  January 15
Spring Semester (KUSEP): October 1

Visit the Kanazawa University website.


This program is currently not accepting applications.