Aoyama Gakuin University

Aoyama Gakuin University has established a national reputation for the quality of its teaching and its international ambience and is widely recognised as one of the leading private universities in Japan.

Through a combination of education and research programs and extra-curricular clubs and activities, students are provided with opportunities to learn from one another, discover their role and place in society, reflect on their futures and the future of the world around them.

Aoyama, located in the eastern part of Shibuya Ward near Minato Ward, is one of the most sophisticated areas in the 23 wards of Tokyo. It offers excellent facilities and induction week for exchange students and it is a suitable SPA destination for students with an advanced level of Japanese language skills.

Campus facilities

The easily accessible Aoyama Campus is within walking distance from Omotesando Station of the Tokyo Metro and Shibuya Station of JR lines, Tokyu Line, Keio Line and Tokyo Metro. This area is characterised by its abundant greenery despite its central location in the middle of the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Electronic bulletin boards consisting of touch display panels are installed in buildings on every campus. These display panels are used to announce general notices and individual messages, class schedules and changes in classroom location, or details about exam timetables and submission of papers. Students can access these terminals from home via fax or telephone for urgent messages and information about classes.


Aoyama Gakuin University has two libraries: the main library on the Aoyama Campus and the Mandai Memorial Library on the Sagamihara Campus. The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) system is accessible from your home computer or mobile phone. The books in all three libraries can be used through any of the three libraries, and basic services such as reserving books and extending return dates can be handled online.

Students can also use the libraries of Gakushuin University, Kokugakuin University, Toyo University, Hosei University, Meiji University, Meiji Gakuin University and Rikkyo University (Yamanote Line Private University Library Consortium).

The student dining hall offers an extensive menu as well as space where students can enjoy their take-away dishes. The Sagamihara Campus has cafeterias on the 1st and 2nd floors of Building G and the 1st floor of Building N.

Other (Gyms, Clubs and Societies)

There are two fields near the Sagamihara Campus. 
Midorigaoka Field 
No. 1 ""Foothold for Sports"" with well-developed athletic fields and facilities Five athletic fields are located on a vast site, where members of respective athletic clubs practice hard every day. It is about three kilometres away from the Sagamihara Campus. 
Machida Field 
No. 2 ""Foothold for Sports"" with a seminar house has a baseball field that doubles as a multi-purpose field, tennis courts, a stall and riding ground, as well as a seminar house with a cafeteria and conference rooms, etc. It is located in Tokyo's Machida City. 

Aoyama Gakuin University has a wide variety of sports and culture clubs, and interest groups known as 'circles'.Sports clubs include men's basketball, track, baseball, volleyball and badminton. The men's basketball club has been particularly successful, winning the national university championships in both 2010 and 2011, while the track team came in ninth place in the All-Japan University Ekiden in 2011 and fifth place in the Hakone Ekiden, held during the 2012 new year holiday at the major two intercollegiate ekidens (ekiden: a long-distance relay race). Among the culture clubs, meanwhile, music clubs such as orchestra are most popular.

The Social & Cultural Events
International Exchange Center organises a number of cultural activities and social events throughout the year, to provide international students with the opportunities to experience traditional Japanese culture and socialise with Japanese students. Events include tea leaf harvesting, kabuki watching and sumo watching!

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Academic calendar

Spring Semester: Beginning April until end July

Autumn Semester: Beginning September until beginning February

Academic life

AGU is suitable for students with a high level of Japanese language. Only students at Stage 3 or above can apply for AGU. There are a wide choice of business modules available in English.

Advisor & Tutor

Faculty members are assigned as "advisors" and Japanese students as "tutors" in each faculty to help international students. Advisors answer questions regarding classes and life in Japan, while tutors assist in both academic and personal matters so they can quickly adjust to the new environment in Japan.

Grading  System

Grade Scale  

Grade Description  


80.00 - 100.00  

(Very good)  


80.00 - 100.00  

(Very good)  


70.00 - 79.99  



60.00 - 69.99  

(Average, Pass)  


0.00 - 59.99  


The International Exchange Center

International Exchange Center is the first point of contact for international students. This office deals with all study abroad and international exchange programs, and is responsible for visa applications, orientation etc. International Students have access to a range of support programs and learning opportunities.


You are required to register for a minimum of 16 Japanese credits. Japanese Language is compulsory.

Please view list of courses offered at AGU


Passing requirements

In order to pass your SPA semester, you must obtain a pass in the compulsory Japanese language modules and at least one business module for each semester.

To pass the semester you must obtain a pass in a minimum of 14 Japanese credits.

There are no options to take resit exams on SPA at Aoyama Gaukin University.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at Aoyama Gakuin University for students who have disabilities.


Living in Tokyo
Tokyo is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo.

Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan's political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world's most populous cities. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo ("Eastern Capital").

Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

The Tokyo Metropolitan government administers the 27 special wards of Tokyo (each governed as a city), which cover the area that was the city of Tokyo, as well as 39 municipalities in the western part of the prefecture and the two outlying island chains. The population of the special wards is over 8 million people, with the total population of the prefecture exceeding 13 million. The prefecture is part of the world's most populous metropolitan area with upwards of 35 million people.


The former city of Tokyo and the majority of mainland Tokyo lie in the humid subtropical climate zone with hot humid summers and generally mild winters with cool spells. The region, like much of Japan, experiences a one-month seasonal lag, with the warmest month being August, which averages 27.5 °C (81.5 °F), and the coolest month being January, averaging 6.0 °C (42.8 °F).Snowfall is sporadic, but does occur almost annually.Tokyo also often sees typhoons each year, though few are strong.

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Aoyama Gakuin University offers students with various accommodation options. The International Exchange Center can help with finding suitable accommodation.
There are two university dormitories or other private dorms that you can apply for. AGU's website gives more information on student accommodation.

You can apply for the Dormitory Accommodation operated by private companies, which International Exchange Center (IEC) at AGU introduces to exchange students. IEC will process the application on behalf of exchange students for them.

Please see “Housing Information” handbook for detailed information about the dormitories:

Please note that AGU cannot guarantee the dormitory rooms for all exchange students. For the information on other housing options such as share houses and homestay, please see AGU Housing Information handbook (please see the link below). Students who consider staying in share houses and homestay are advised by AGU not to apply for the dormitory as a back-up plan, to make rooms for those who really want to live in the dormitory.

AGU Housing Information handbook can also be found online:

Cost of living

The cost of living in Tokyo area varies greatly depending on where a student chooses to live and the lifestyle. The following information provides estimates of the average amount of money students are likely to spend each month.

While the amount may vary from student to student, the estimates below indicate the minimum amount that students should expect to spend overall:



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* Annual expenditure is calculated on the basis of students spending 9 months in an undergraduate course at the university, plus 3 months rent during vacation periods, which students will need to pay even if they are away during those periods.



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Students who have been nominated to study at Aoyama Gakuin University will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance  

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

Visa requirements

AGU will apply, on your behalf, to the Tokyo Immigration Bureau Student Division for your ‘Certificate of Eligibility’. Once you have received this certificate, you must go to the Japanese embassy to apply for your visa. Everyone has to register their details with the local government offices within 90 days of arrival. For full information about work permits, please contact the Japanese Embassy directly.

Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

AGU will, on behalf of Exchange Students, apply to the Tokyo Immigration Bureau for the Certificate of Eligibility. As soon as the Certificate is issued, it will be sent to your institution. You will need to take the COE to your relevant local Japanese Embassy or consulate and obtain Student Visa.



4-4-25 Shibuya

Contact: Aya Nagasaku
Department: International Exchange Center
Phone: +81-3-3409-8462
Fax: +81-3-3409-7923

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Japan
Language of tuition: Japanese
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

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