This year-long exchange at Shimane University in Japan is designed for the most advanced Japanese language students from across disciplines at the U of A. Not only will you be able to gain knowledge for your major but you will also have the opportunity, if you wish, to partake in mountain & marine sports, as well as traditional Japanese culture from ancient Japanese shrines and temples to beautiful arts, tea ceremony and of course Japanese cuisine. All this is available to you within the beautiful natural landscapes of Shimane Prefecture. International students can add to their study abroad experience in Japan by taking part in field trips provided by Shimane University. You have a chance to visit places which enable you to experience cultural traditions, beauty of nature and historical heritages.
As with all exchanges, you will be largely independent during your exchange, but you’ll have access to the many social programs on campus. With 89 athletic and 89 culture and hobby-related teams and clubs at Shimane University, over 3000 students participate in extracurricular activities.
Students will find a lot of useful information in this profile of Shimane: SU Information(Eng)2016-2017.pdf
Shimane Prefecture lies along the Sea of Japan coast, nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku mountain range that isolated the area for centuries. Today, this land of untouched beauty remains hidden, its charms, traditions and secrets only known to the few who make the journey across the mountains and through the mists; a journey that transcends time and space, taking one far away, down through the ages to a deep, spiritual world of myth and folklore...Three areas make up Shimane - Izumo in the East, Iwami in the West, and the Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan. The Izumo area is the birthplace of Japan, and thus is known as the province of the gods. The gods and deities dwell across the land; in the shrines and temples hidden deep in the forests, in the mountains, near rivers, lakes, gorges and in the long shadows...this is Shimane.
This exchange offers an educational experience that allows U of A undergraduates an almost full-immersion experience in Japanese living for a year, while keeping on track to graduate from the U of A. Students may choose from any of the courses offered but must be proficient enough in Japanese to take a full course load with Japanese as the language of instruction. Students must have completed at least 5 semesters of Japanese in order to be considered for this program.
Students can find out more about the courses offered at Shimane here: Undergraduate)Outline for the Japanese studies and other classes.pdf
and there is a list of courses that the U of A has predetermined for this exchange here: https://waprd.uark.edu/web-apps/regr/courseequiv/Main
(Search for the name of the University under Foreign Colleges).
Students will be assessed U of A tuition and fees for 15 credit hours per semester for the academic year that they study abroad on this exchange. Additionally, students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, housing, meals, local transportation, books, passport, student visa, and personal expenses. The independent nature of this program allows students to determine their own extracurricular activities, leaving flexibility not only in free time but also in the budget.
Click on the Budget above for a break-down of expected costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. Students receiving a Pell grant should look into the Gilman International Scholarship
. And all students should read through our scholarship page
for more info on funding opportunities and deadlines. Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid
to help finance your semester in Japan.
Students will be housed in dorms on campus, called “international houses,” designed to encourage international communication in education and research. The most common dorm exchange students are placed in, the International House Matsue, has 28 apartments for single students and researchers, each consists of a single room without bath. Shower rooms and small kitchens are equipped on the first and second floors, and a lounge and a laundry area are equipped on the first floor. Two larger apartments are available for married couples. Each apartment has a bedroom, a living room, a bathroom and a kitchen.
For assistance with applications, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact:
U of A Study Abroad Program Manager and Exchange Coordinator