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Kanda University of International Studies

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan

Program At a Glance

Terms Offered



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Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages


Kanda University of International Studies ("Kanda gaigo daigaku" / KUIS) invites students to enroll in their Japanese Language and Culture Program. Dartmouth has the option of sending one student for the full academic year or two students for one semester each. The curriculum is based on Japanese language training, but also includes some opportunities for Japan-related study in courses taught in English. More information about courses available through the exchange can be found on KUISs website.


Enrollment Information

Every year about 1-2 students are selected for this program. Students first apply through the Guarini Institute by the February 1st application deadline. After February 1st, faculty from the Department of Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages will review applications and make acceptance decisions. Students will be notified of their acceptance decisions on March 1st.

Successful applicants who are accepted and commit to the program will receive a nomination from the Guarini Institute. Applying for an exchange program involves two steps: if you receive a nomination from the Guarini Institute you will also need to complete the host institution's application, which is administered and reviewed by the host institution. The host institution makes the final acceptance decision. The Guarini Institute will provide further instructions on this second step to students after they are accepted and commit to a program.

For more information about applying for this program, see our webpage on How to Apply & our FAQs under section 2 (How to Apply: Application), or contact the Guarini Institute.




General Info

Selected students would attend KUIS according to one of the three following enrollment patterns:

1) full academic year (approx. 10 Sept to late-July of the following year; winter holiday is approx. 20 Dec to 4 Jan; spring vacation is approx 20 Jan to 5 April)

2) fall term only (approx. 10 Sept to 20 Jan; students may have the option of completing the term by 20 Dec.)

3) spring term only (appox. 5 April to late July; note that this would preclude attendance on the Dartmouth campus for both spring and summer).

Upon completion of the exchange, the exchange coordinator at the host institution will forward the transcript to the Office of the Registrar, Dartmouth College. Future transcripts of exchange program grades must be obtained by the student from the exchange institution.



Housing is provided in either a dormitory or shared apartment. Some dormitories are catered, and some are self-serviced. All of the apartments are self-serviced, meaning that students prepare their own meals in shared kitchens, though students can also make use of the many cafes and cafeterias on and near campus.  More information on accomodations can be found on Kanda University's website. Please note: Dartmouth students may be eligible for a small living stipend from KUIS.


Tuition and Fees

Dartmouth students pay tuition and service fees to Dartmouth; room and board fees as well as transportation to and from the program site are the responsibility of the student.  Because the exchange is an official program sponsored by the College, Dartmouth students do not need to pay the transfer term fee that the College charges to students who study on outside programs during leave terms.


Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term.

All costs, including airfare and spending money, are considered when determining the cost of an off-campus program. Any costs in excess of a typical term in Hanover are met with additional Dartmouth Scholarship Funds.  If you have a work expectation for the term, this will be replaced by scholarship funding.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, in many cases, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition. For help sorting out who pays what and how, contacting the Financial Aid office is often advisable.

 Financing your program | Financial Aid | Scholarships | Budgeting & Costs


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