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Shinshu University, Japan

Shinshu University was founded in May 1949, and has since become known as one of the leading universities in Japan. It is located in Nagano Prefecture, which is famous for its natural beauty, the Matsumoto Castle, and as the site of the 1998 Winter Olympics. The campus is situated just a 1.5 hour train ride from Tokyo and is accessible to cities throughout the main island of Honshu. Exchange students will be able to deepen their understanding of Japanese language and culture while enjoying the peaceful and welcoming environment that Nagano offers its visitors.

Learn more about life as an exchange student at Shinshu!

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Students taking a tour at Shinshu University.

Academic Eligibility

  • 2.75 GPA or higher at the time of application
  • One semester completed at Sacramento State
  • Sophomore or higher standing (30+ units completed)

Course Information

Students will take classes through the GEC (Center for Global Education and Collabroation), and those with proven proficiency in Japanese may also select courses from the regular university catalog.

Available Courses

  • Asian Studies
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Upper & Lower Division GE - Area C, Area D


Estimated Costs

*Indicates fees paid directly to CSUS – tuition and insurance rates subject to change.

Estimated cost of Shinshu University
Expense One Semester Two Semesters
Tuition and Fees* $3,684 $7,368
Insurance* $300 $500
Airfare $1,200 $1,200
Housing $2,500 $5,000
Personal Expenses $3,000 $6,000
Total $10,684 $20,068

Housing Options

International Houses - International Houses are located in Matsumoto City and Nagano City. International students and researchers can live in these houses. (~5,000JPY/month + fees)

Student Dormitories - There are student dormitories in each area. In these dormitories, international
students live together with Japanese students. (~32,000JPY/month + fees)

Apartments - Apartments in Japan are usually unfurnished. If you want to live in a private
apartment, you should check the room in advance. (~20,000JPY/month + fees)

Information on Housing