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  • Locations: Kanazawa, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: SUNY New Paltz applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
Program Description:


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(New Paltz Students Only)

Application Deadline January 15th

Program Dates Fall 2021 coming soon!


Program Costs

Estimated program Budgets can be found above in the "Budget Sheets" box or by clicking the links below:

Academic Year


Congratulations to Christopher Hoffman who was awarded the following for his studies at Kanazawa U for the academic year 2013-14 and you can too!

Bridging-Japan Scholarship
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarship
Friends of Asian Studies Scholarship (New Patlz Foundation)

Discover Your World at Kanazawa University

  • In order to improve understanding about Japan and to promote cultural exchange, Kanazawa University offers the Kanazawa University Student Exchange Program (KUSEP).
  • International students take Japanese language courses, as well as courses in English on the state of affairs in Japan, Japanese culture, and over various fields of specialty.
  • The city of Kanazawa is situated in the central part of Honshu, the main island of Japan. 
  • It is an old city facing the Japan Sea. If you look at the map, you will find Kanazawa near the base of the beautiful Noto Peninsula which stretches out into the Japan Sea. 
  • Kanazawa is the main city of the Hokuriku District and is well-known as an ancient castle town.
  • With over 450,000 residents, it is one of the largest cities along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
  • Kanazawa is full of charm that blends its old atmosphere with the new and is only a one-hour flight from Tokyo.
  • The national railway links up with the Shinkansen bullet train at Miabara and Kyoto. Kanazawa is five hours from Tokyo and about two and a half hours from Kyoto by train.
  • Kanazawa University Catalog.pdf

Compulsory Courses: 

  • Japanese language courses (elementary – advanced levels)

Semi-Compulsory courses:

  • Comparing Cultures
  • Japanese Ways of Thinking
  • Mass Media & International Communication
  • Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation

Elective courses:

  • Experiences in Japanese Culture
  • Budo
  • Comparative Politics
  • Environmental Discourse and Literature
  • Independent Research
  • Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer
  • Intro to Civil Engineering
  • Methods of Electrical, Electronics and Information Engineering
  • Intro to Modern Japanese Culture & Society
  • Contemporary Cultural Issues
  • Language and Culture of Japan
  • Nature of Japan
Language of Instruction Credits Qualifications
All courses in the KUSEP program, except Japanese language,  are taught in English 12-15 per semester Only SUNY New Paltz Juniors and Seniors, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and at least 1 year of college-level Japanese are eligible to apply.

Your Home Away From Home

Students are housed in single rooms at the Kanazawa International House Residence.  Each room is equipped with all the necessary accessories. Common rooms, lounges, laundry (coin-operated) and shower (coin-operated) rooms are shared with other students. Utility charges (water, heat and electric) are NOT included in your monthly rent. The student is responsible for covering all utility charges. A housing deposit of approx. $200 is required to cover any unpaid utility charges and/or damages when you move out.  Current rent is approximately $770 per month. Each single room at International House includes kitchen facilities. Students will purchase food and prepare their own meals. Food expenses are extra. There are also cafeterias available on campus where students can purchase inexpensive meals.

Another option is the Kanazawa University Student/International Student Dormitory "SAKIGAKE"


All rooms in the International House Residence include internet connections.


Many activities and excursions are incorporated into the KUSEP curriculum. In addition, international students are welcome to join a wide range of sports and cultural associations.

On-site Support

The International Student Center at Kanazawa University is available to provide support and guidance to international students.

Visa and Immigration

US students are required to have a visa to study in Kanazawa. Upon successful application to the program, Kanazawa University will issue the student a "certificate of eligibility" which is required to apply for the visa.

Have Questions?

Contact SUNY New Paltz Study Abroad Advisor Bianca Sylvain.