Okayama University (岡山大学) is a national university in Japan. The main campus is located in Tsushima-Naka, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture. The school was founded in 1870 and it was established as a university in 1949.
Okayama city has a population of approximately 700,000. The city is a key area of transportation through the ages and is still serving as a hub of transportation network in West Japan. Facing the Seto Inland Sea, it is also famous for Seto Ohashi, one of the biggest suspension bridges in the world. Okayama University has its extensive campuses of 206 hectare in the center of Okayama city.
Okayama University has 11 faculties and 7 graduate schools. The total number of students including undergraduates and graduates is approximately 14,000 studying various areas of humanities as well as science courses. Our education and research activities are highly evaluated in Japan. In 2007, it was first-ranked for educational field and eleventh-ranked for research in the mutual assessment conducted by Presidents of Japanese National Universities.
Exchange Program Okayama (EPOK) is a program organized by Okayama University that offers students an opportunity to study in Japan. Through this program, EPOK encourages students to learn and understand Japanese culture, customs and social backgrounds.
Language of Instruction: Classes are offered to EPOK students in English and Japanese.
Duration: Students may choose to enter the program in either April or October, for one or two semesters.
For detailed information about available courses, see the Okayama Course Catalogue
Course Workload: EPOK certificate requires 14 credit hours per semester with some other requirements. Please see the EPOK Curriculum Overview
Please note: Students seeking credit for Japanese language study while on exchange should see the Faculty of Arts eligibility requirements.
All EPOK students are accommodated at the Okayama University International Share-House, where international students can share a unit with a Japanese student. This provides great opportunities to exchange with Japanese students in daily life as well as those from other countries and regions.
The International Centre offers consultation and guidance to all EPOK students. In case that any EPOK student should have any questions or concerns, the International Center will always be available.
There are three student unions at Okayama's main campus, Tsushima. Peach Union, Muscat Union and Pione Union all offer relaxed settings for students to socialize. All unions have dining facilities and union shops.
Okayama offers a diverse variety of clubs, with activities ranging from American Football, Tea Ceremony, Japanese Traditional Music, Kendo, Judo, Bowling, Swimming and Horseback riding.
For more information, see the Okayama EPOK Guide
For the academic calendar, application schedule, and other important information, see the Okayama EPOK Guide
The Academic Year at Okayama has four quarters: Quarter 1 from early April until early June, Quarter 2 from mid June until early August, Quarter 3 from early October until late November and Quarter 4 from early December until mid February.
Living Costs: Okayama recommend you allow 100,000 YEN to cover your start-up costs. Help will be available to you to set up a bank account.
Visa Information: The Global Learning office is not legally permitted to provide advice relating to visas. For further information, contact the relevant embassy or consulate. Please do not ask the Global Learning office to assist with your visa application. We recommend that you go to the Smart Traveller website for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.
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