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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Quarter 2019 01/11/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Language Prerequisite: No Fields of Study: Agriculture, Communications, Japanese, Journalism, Law & Judicial Sciences
Housing Options: Student Residence/ On Campus Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

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Yokohama National University


Program Snapshot

Situated in Japan’s second largest city, Yokohama National University (YNU) is one of the foremost institutions of higher education in Japan. While its history can be traced back to 1874 with the founding of the Kanagawa Normal School, it took on its present name in 1949 when four different colleges merged to form the university. The university is located on a verdant hilltop campus overlooking downtown Yokohama. The Yokohama and Tokyo metropolitan areas are easily accessible by public transportation.
Students going to YNU enroll in the JOY program (Junior Year Overseas at Yokohama national University) Courses are offered in varieties of disciplines covering humanities, social sciences, and engineering in English specifically for JOY Program students. Students may also attend other courses offered by the faculties, provided they have adequate language skills and approval from the lecturers in charge.


  • Small class size
  • JOY students are eligible to apply for the Japan Student Services Association (JASSO) scholarship
  • Live and study in Tokyo


Yokohama is the gateway joining Japan with the world. Now Japan’s second largest city, Yokohama is a vibrant, varied, and international community, combining the old Western mansions of Yamate with the neon glitter of Chinatown, the traditional architecture of Sankeien with the modern complex of Minato Mirai 21. Convenient to Tokyo, the ancient capital of Kamakura, and the hot springs of Hakone, Yokohama is a splendid site for learning about Japan and its relation to the world. Yokohama’s climate is mild and enjoys clearly marked seasons.

Academic Program and Courses

In addition to language courses, students can enroll in a variety of classes including; Macro engineering and Architecture, Microeconomics, Community Studies, International Trace Policy, Advanced Digital Communications, Effective Writing in Journalism, Japanese Society and Culture, Introduction to Cognitive Science, Multilingual Communication, World Legal System, and many more.
Fall Semester: Early October to Mid-February – note that students will be registered for Fall and Winter quarters at Western.
Spring Semester:  Early April to late July


JOY students will be assigned one of YNU’s two international dormitories: the YNU International Student House in Gumyoji or the Minesawa International Student Dormitory. The monthly rent is about ¥15,000.

Program Cost

Exchange program participants will pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees.  All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.  Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses. 

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.

Application Process

There are two applications for exchange students to complete.  The first application is the International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) application.  After students are selected for nomination, they must complete the Yokohama National University application.

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