International Exchange

Thank you for your interest in our International Program. Currently, USP offers Semester exchange program and Intensive summer program for partner Universities.

* Please note that it is subject to change due to COVID-19 impacts.

1. Partner Universities for Exchange Program

USA Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)
Auburn University at Montgomery
Alma College
Columbia College
Mount St. Mary's University
Mid Michigan College
University of Houston-Victoria
Australia University of Technology, Sydney
Germany University of Augsburg
Italy The University for Foreigners Perugia
Spain University of Seville
France Lille Institute of Political Studies
University of Orleans
UK York St John University
China Hunan Normal University
Hunan Agricultural University
Central South University
Hainan University
Qinghai University for Nationalities
Inner Mongolia University for the Nationalities
Taiwan National Chung Hsing University
Mongolia National University of Mongolia
Korea Kwagwoon University
Kangwon National University
Philippines University of San Carlos

2. International Student Exchange Program

How to Apply

Applicants must be currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students at USP's partner university and should be recommended by the home university.


Application Requirements: Applicants must submit the required documents below.


Application form for exchange student


Application for certificate of eligibility (for applying VISA)


※Please refer "Tips to fill in "Application for certificate of eligibility"


Housing Request Sheet


Written Oath


Medical Certificate

Medical History

Certificate of Enrollment

・Digital date of your ID photo (for making student ID card)

・Official Transcript

・Recommendation letter

・A copy of your passport

Application Deadline
Fall Semester: End of April
Spring Semester: End of October

Please submit your application documents by post and e-mail to:
The Office of International Programs and Development
The University of Shiga Prefecture
2500 Hassaka Hikone Shiga 522-8533, Japan
TEL: +81-(0)749-28-8504 FAX: +81-(0)749-28-8267
E-mail: iec-staff@office.usp.ac.jp

3. Costs and Calendar

Academic Calendar at USP

Spring Semester April 1 to September 22
Fall Semester September 23 to March 31

Monthly Living Cost
Although the cost of living varies depending on factors such as housing expenditure and food budget, the model living expenses for international students is below

Accommodation (Including utilities) JPY24,000 - JPY45,000
Food JPY30,000
Other Expenses JPY20,000

4. Insurance

All international students are required to purchase the following insurance.

1) National Health Insurance (Approximately \20,000 / year ( following reduction ))
International students are fundamentally required to join the National Health Insurance System upon your arrival in Japan. This insurance covers about 70% of the medical charges.

2) Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research (Gakkensai)

Please read this pamphlet of Gakkensai carefully.

This is an accident compensation insurance covering unforeseen disaster and acdcidents during regular curricular activities school events, extracurricular (club) acitivities, and while onto the university premises.

(Insurance fee: 1,000 yen/year)

3) Comprehensive Insurance for Students Lives Coupled with PAS For International Students

Please read this pamphlet of Comprehensive Insurance carefully.

This insurance offers comprehensive support in the case of unexpected incidents occurring during students life.

・Personal Liability Insurance Payment (When the student injure others or damage the possessions of others.)

・Death, Residual Disability Insurance Payment (When the student suffers death or incurs residual disability as a result of a sudden and unexpected external incident.)

・Medical Expense Insurance Payment (When the student is hospitalized or visits the hospital as a result of injury or illness.)

・Insurance for Rescuer Expenses, etc. (Whe the parent or the guardian of the student comes to the hospital following student hospitalization)

・Hospitalization Insurance, Surgery Insurance, Hospital Visit Insurance (When the student is hospitalized or visits the hospital as a result of injury)

(Insurance fee: 8,060 yen/6months, 11,500 yen/year)

5. Once you are accepted - Next Step -

USP will send you "Acceptance Letter" and "Certificate of Eligibility". After being admitted, you need to apply for a certification of eligibility with a college student status. Then, go to the Japanese embassy in your home country to apply for the visa for entering Japan.

6. Upon Approval

Student VISA

Apply for a student VISA to an overseas Japanese embassy or consulate.

Airport Pick-up

USP offers airport pick-up or student escort service to Hikone. We will inform you detailed schedule

with the letter of acceptance.

Please refer "Student Pre-Arrival Guide" for more details