Kinjo Gakuin University


International Students

Study at Kinjo

Kinjo Gakuin University (KGU), Japan’s leading private women’s university, has been growing in tradition since it was originally founded by an American missionary in 1889. Ever since its founding, Kinjo Gakuin has consistently provided superior multicultural education for women with roots in the spirit of Protestantism. Nagoya, home of KGU, is a vast and industrious developing city rich in history and tradition, conveniently nestled deep in the heart of Japan.

KGU has thirteen undergraduate departments and majors covering a wide range of disciplines-from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences-and three graduate schools that develop and prepare thousands of students for greatness and success every year.

Exchange Program

On average, thirty students come in annually as International Exchange students from countries such as China, the UK, Thailand, the US, Korea, Australia, and France.

Exchange students are able to freely design their own curriculum according to their interests and Japanese language skills by combining regularly offered courses with special courses for international students. All courses are for full credit, and exchange students are considered to be visiting full-time students. Our university cultivates an environment in which students from both Japan and abroad learn about the culture and history of the Japanese people in English-speaking classes designed to encourage multicultural interaction and present global points of view.

We also offer incredible assistance programs. The CIEP (Center for International Exchange Programs) serves as an advisory body for international students. CIEP staff members offer warm, caring, family-like support in study-related matters and life in Japan, and promote events throughout the year alongside student organizations.

KGU boasts personal, small-scale university support for a large-scale, prestigious education aimed at international women who want to study abroad.

Learn more about KGU’s International Exchange Programs


Exchange students should apply through the international office of their home institution.

For international partnerships, visit the Center for International Exchange Programs (CIEP) at the website below. 

For general inquiries, please contact the General Affairs Office.