University of the Ryukyus

The University of the Ryukyus Short-term Exchange Program (URSEP) offers an English-language curriculum together with Japanese language study to students interested in studying in the unique cultural and physical environment of Okinawa. Taking advantage of the university's location in the subtropical region of Japan's southernmost island, the program's faculty offer undergraduate and graduate courses in English in environmental studies, tropical agriculture and medicine, marine science and engineering, and Okinawan music to complement Japanese language and culture courses. Admission is open to students at Michigan State University, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Guam through bilaterial exchange programs.

No background in Japanese language is required for participation in the URSEP program. Three levels of Japanese language study are offered. Independent research projects can be conducted on topics proposed in advance by entering overseas students. Dormitory or International House accommodations are arranged for international students; there are also opportunities for short-term home stays and visits. Community activities are encouraged.

The academic calendar is divided into a fall semester and a spring semester, beginning October 1 and April 1, respectively. International students may enroll for the full academic year or for the fall semester only. Applications for the fall semester or the full academic year must be received by the preceding March 31.

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