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Ochanomizu University

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Please do not contact this university directly.
For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at
Last updated June, 2018

Academic Information

Language of Instruction

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Course Information

Course Descriptions

Special language courses for exchange students:

There are two courses, 'Seminar: Japanese' and 'Seminar: Japanese Culture', each of which corresponds to 2 credits and is offered at 5 different levels from beginner to advanced. There are also supplementary courses, such as 'Introductory Japanese', 'Intermediate Japanese', 'Advanced Japanese', 'Advanced Japanese Reading', 'Advanced Japanese Writing', 'Chinese Character', and 'Japanese Language Proficiency Test'.

Class placement will be based on the result of a placement test taken at the beginning of the semester.

Semester Dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • Minimum Course Load: There is no university regulation regarding a minimum full time course load. However, in order to maintain an appropriate student visa, international students are supposed to take more than seven courses per semester.
  • Maximum Course Load: There is no university regulation regarding a maximum full time course load.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


Ochanomizu University has a Hall of Residence (off-campus) where international and Japanese students live. All rooms are single rooms and furnished with a bed, desk, fridge, air conditioner etc. Dining kitchens and shower rooms are shared facilities. The hall is self-catering.

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Estimated Cost of Living

Scholarships available for students going to Japan

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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The University, City and Region

The University

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Since its establishment in 1877, Ochanomizu University has been a pioneer of women's education. The fact that the university is a comparatively small institution, with multifaceted academic programmes, ensures individually-tailored instruction with detailed assistance for each student. Learning in small classes helps students mature as fully independent, self-reliant women.

Ochanomizu University is located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, on a peaceful campus. The campus is located within the JR Yamanote “Loop” Line in Tokyo, and on the subway it is two stations away from Ikebukuro Station on the both the Marunouchi and Yurakucyo lines.

The university has three faculties: Letters and Education, Science, and Human Life and Environmental Sciences.

The City of Tokyo

Tokyo, as it is known, consists of the Greater Tokyo area within which lies the city of Tokyo. It is situated on the Japanese island of Honshu, in the region of Kanto. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, housing the Japanese government and the Japanese emperor. It is a major financial centre, with the headquarters of many of the world's largest investment banks and insurance companies located there.


Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email