Student Exchange Program (IU-SEP)

Iwate University offers an exciting and eye-opening international community program "Iwate University Student Exchange Program (IU-SEP)" for exchange students from partner universities according to the student exchange agreement. This program provides 5 programs. Students will take one of the following courses depending on their major at their home university.

  1. Iwate Area Studies Program(Humanities course)
  2. Northern Tohoku Region Art and Culture Program(Artistic course)
  3. Iwate Science and Engineering Research Program (Science and Engineering course )
  4. Iwate Agricultural Science Research Program (Agricultural Science course)
  5. Open Study Program(Optional course )

Requirement for Application

To apply for IU-SEP, applicants must:

  1. not be of Japanese Nationality.
  2. be registered as a full-time regular student as an undergraduate or a postgraduate (MA or PhD) at one of the universities that has a student exchange agreement with Iwate University. In addition, applicants must maintain their regular student status at their home university throughout the period they are enrolled at Iwate University. They also must return to their university after completing the program at Iwate University, and continue their study at their home university.
  3. have a good academic standing and good personal records at their home university.
  4. have clear objectives and plans, and good outcomes can be expected from their study and research.
  5. have good Japanese or English proficiency to understand courses and instructions.
  6. be able to obtain a college student visa to enter Japan.
  7. be recommended by the President or a head of a department of their home university.

School Year

  1. The term of this program is either one semester or two semesters as a general rule.
  2. Spring Semester:April 1 〜 Mid-August
    (Period of course: Early April 〜 Early August) (15 weeks)
    Fall Semester :October 1 〜Mid February
    (Period of course: Early October 〜 Mid February) (15 weeks)

Classes are not held on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. There are summer, winter and spring vacations when the students study by themselves.

Application and document deadline

April enrollment: December 11th of the previous calendar year
October enrollment: May 18th

Guidance and Support

Each student will have an academic supervisor. These supervisors and teachers at Global Education Center will give them guidance and support not only for college life but also for thier life in Iwate. Students also will have a student tutor who supports their study and everyday life.

Evaluation, Credits & Diploma

  1. Exchange students who earned credits will receive a transcript to prove their completion of courses, course scores, and acquirement of credits. To those who completed each program, a certificate of completion will be issued.
  2. Credits students earn at Iwate University can be transferred to their home institutions. Some credits, however, may have to be confirmed with the home institutions' supervisors before being accepted.

Courses and Curriculums

Each Courses has a list of "Subjects taken by exchange students in the past".
Students are to choose classes based on this class list. Some other classes not on this list may be taken, however, adequate Japanese proficiency is required to take such classes since most of them are conducted in Japanese only. If students would like to take such subjects, they have to consult with supervisor of Iwate beforehand.

You can refer to the "recommended courses" by clicking on the link below.

The overall list of courses offered at Iwate University (Japanese only)

Tuition and other expenses

The admission fees and tuition for the dispatched international students will be not collected by Iwate University. However, students have to pay their tuition to their home institutions. Also, students have to pay their personal costs, including travel expenses, accommodation fees, living expenses, costs of text books, health insurance premiums, student union fees and other educational expenses.
In addition, students are required to take out some kind of international student insurance to covers bodily injury and/or property damage.


Iwate University operates the International House for international students. The monthly rent including common area charge is 9,000JPY (as of March 2017). In addition, students are also charged for the electricity, gas and water. Please refer to the "International House" page for further information.

If the International House has no rooms available, Iwate University may provide the students a private apartment that Iwate University rents or domitories (living with Japanese students).


If the IU-SEP is adopted by a scholarship program from Japan Student Services Organizations (JASSO), students may receive this scholarship. However, students participating "Open Study Program (Free Choice Courses)" are not eligible for this scholarship.

* The applicants must meet certain requirements of academic records.

* The credits obtained by the recipients of the scholarship at Iwate University must be transferred to the credits of their university.

Required Documents

Below is the list of required documents for application.
Students will need to submit Application for certificate of eligibility to study in Japan along with the application form for IU-SIP.

Form & Documentsperson/facility to prepare
Proof of enrollment in the university
( Home country/Original )
Home university
Transcript ( Home country/Original )
Letter of recommendation Appropriate department of home university
Application form for IU-SEP (The Iwate University Student Exchange Program) Applicant
Application form for residence permission Details for International House
A copy of Passport ( If available )
Financial Disclosure
( ex. Original copy of bank balance)
*Except scholarship recipients
*An official proof of relationship is required if the above statement is the name of another family member.
A copy of Proficiency in Japanese ( If available )
3 Photos ( Portrait shot ) 40mmX30mm
*Paste one onto your Application for certificate of eligibility

Application Procedure

Step 1
Please fill out these two forms: Application form for IU-SEP and Application for Certificate of Eligibility. Send the completed forms as attachments via email to: . Enter "Student Exchange Program" in the subject line of your email.

Step 2
Please print out your completed copies of the two application forms in Step 1 and paste your photo on each application.

Step 3
Mail all the documents required for the application (see above) to the address below.


Iwate University International Office
3-18-34 Ueda, Morioka-City, Iwate, 020-8550, JAPAN

Notification of documentation

The acceptance letter and the certificate of eligibility will be sent out from Iwate University in mid-February (April enrollment) and mid-August (October enrollment).
The information for Japanese Visa, Passport procedure and the placement test of Japanese language skill will be enclosed in the notification.

Arrival Schedule

Please arrange your schedule to enable yourself to arrive in Morioka at least one week prior to the start of the term. After the decision of acceptance, the schedule and method of entering Japan will be provided by the International Office.

For further information, please make contact with your supervisor at your home institution, your designated Iwate University supervisor, and our International Office at Iwate University.