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About the University 🏫

Yamanashi Gakuin University: Your Ultimate Study Abroad Experience in Japan

University Description

Nestled under the iconic Mount Fuji, Yamanashi Gakuin University is a global educational institution with a rich history dating back to 1946. Located in the heart of Japan, the university is a melting pot of cultures, boasting a student body of around 4,000, 57% of whom are international students hailing from over 40 countries.

  • Global Faculty: Remarkably, 88% of the faculty are educated abroad, offering a truly international perspective in teaching.
  • American System: Despite its traditional Japanese setting, the university operates on an American educational system, and all courses are taught in English.
  • Cultural Immersion: The university offers unique workshops and cultural programs aimed at integrating students into Japanese culture, making your stay abroad an enriching experience.
  • Athletic Excellence: Notably, 40 alumni are former Olympic participants, highlighting the university's commitment to all-around excellence.

Unique Features

  • Small Class Sizes: With a focus on individualized attention, classes are kept small to ensure each student is in absolute focus.
  • English-Taught Degrees: Yamanashi Gakuin University offers a range of English-taught undergraduate degrees, perfect for those looking to study abroad after high school.
  • Facilities and Amenities: The campus is equipped with modern facilities and offers on-campus student accommodation complete with 3 meals a day, making your study abroad program a comfortable experience.

Financial Support

  • Scholarship Opportunities: Various scholarship opportunities are available for both undergraduate and graduate students, including grants for stays abroad and financial aid, making your dream of higher education abroad more accessible.

About the city 🌇

Discover Kofu: The Idyllic Study Abroad Destination in Japan

Natural Beauty and Proximity to Mount Fuji

Situated just 30 minutes away from the awe-inspiring Mount Fuji, Yamanashi Gakuin University is located in Kofu, the capital city of Yamanashi Prefecture. Known as Japan's fruit kingdom, Yamanashi is a haven for nature lovers, offering a picturesque blend of mountains, lakes, and hiking trails. The city serves as a serene backdrop for your study abroad program, allowing you to experience the distinct beauty of Japan's four seasons.

Local Produce and Culinary Delights

  • Fresh Produce: Kofu is renowned for its orchards and vineyards. Students can partake in fruit-picking sessions at local farms, just 15-20 minutes away from campus, to enjoy fresh, locally grown fruits.
  • Japanese Wine: If you're a wine enthusiast, you'll be delighted to know that Kofu is home to numerous wineries. Wine tasting events are common and usually cost around ¥1,000 to ¥2,000.

Cultural Events and Festivals

  • Local Events: Throughout the year, Kofu hosts a variety of cultural parades, markets, and fireworks festivals. These events offer students the chance to immerse themselves in local culture and traditions.

Connectivity and Distance to Tokyo

  • Vibrant Metropolis: If you're looking for a change of pace, Tokyo is just a 90-minute train ride away. The capital city offers endless entertainment, shopping, and gourmet opportunities, making it a perfect weekend getaway for students.

Affordability and Cost of Living

  • Budget-Friendly: The cost of living in Kofu is relatively low compared to Tokyo. A meal at a local restaurant would typically cost around ¥800 to ¥1,200, while transportation costs are also minimal, thanks to efficient public transport.

Housing Opportunities🏫

Housing at Yamanashi Gakuin University: Your Home Away from Home

On-Campus Accommodation

Nestled amidst the scenic backdrop of Mount Fuji, Yamanashi Gakuin University offers on-campus housing that is both comfortable and convenient for your study abroad experience in Japan.

  • Room Features: Students are provided with private bedrooms, while bathrooms, kitchens, and common areas are shared with fellow students. Each room is equipped with essential amenities like a desk, chair, and high-speed Wi-Fi.
  • Meals Included: Living on campus comes with the added benefit of three hot meals every weekday, served in the building's large cafeteria. This is a great way to manage your tuition fees and living expenses, as meals are included in the housing cost.
  • Cultural Diversity: The on-campus housing fosters a multicultural environment, housing a mix of Japanese and international students. This offers a unique opportunity for cultural exchange and making friends from around the world.
  • Amenities and Entertainment: The common rooms are well-equipped with a TV, gaming area, music studio, and study lounges, providing the perfect setting for relaxation and socializing.

Cost of Living

  • Affordable Living: The cost for on-campus housing ranges from ¥50,000 to ¥70,000 per month, including utilities and meals, making it an affordable option for students looking to manage their financial support while studying abroad.

See more about the On-Campus housing here.


Admission Requirements

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What are the Entry Requirements?

To apply for courses and programmes at Yamanashi Gakuin University, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

Documents required from students to apply to Yamanashi Gakuin University are:

  • Official copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received (English version of the document)
  • Award Certificates
  • Passport
  • A CV and a motivational letter
  • Evidence of English proficiency if you are a non-native English-speaking student.

See more about the entry requirements at Yamanashi Gakuin University.

What are the English Requirements?

The English requirements to get admitted to Yamanashi Gaukin University in Kofu can be sufficed in several ways. Below are the options for students to prove their English proficiency:

You will be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies taught in English

See more about the English requirements at Yamanashi Gaukin University.

What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees for international students at Yamanashi Gakuin University vary depending on the course you choose. The tuition fee at Yamanashi Gakuin University ranges from 1.900.000 JPY to 2.400.000 JPY per year for international students.

The tuition fee for a study abroad semester at Yamanashi Gakuin University for 4 units which equals to 30 ECTS is approx. 963.000 JPY.

See more about Yamanashi Gakuin University's tuition fees for international students.

What are the Semester Start Dates?

Yamanashi Gakuin University uses a semester system for both full-degree students and semester abroad students studying to receive credit towards their home degree system. The semester system is equivalent in course load and duration to a three-trimester system. Students can start their studies in March or August.

See more about Yamanashi Gakuin University's important dates in the academic calendar.

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What the students say

"A american style college teaching completely in english is extremely rare in Japan. The campus has complete facilities and professional teachers. We can get all the information we need through the school’s campus network" - Haoze L.
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