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  • Locations: Saitama, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UMASS BDL applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: Japanese
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student Housing Options: Apartment (alone), Apartment (shared), Student responsibility
Areas of Study: American Studies, Asian Studies, Economics, Education, Engineering, History, Philosophy, Political Science/International Relations, Psychology, Sciences, Sociology/Anthropology Program Category: Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

UMass Boston   Saitama, Japan - Saitama University

saitama university  Saitama, Japan

Saitama University is one of Japan’s most innovative institutions and is located in Saitama city in the outskirts of Tokyo. Saitama, the ‘Oasis of Tokyo,’ is a historic city whose forests were planted centuries ago by peace-loving Samurais who nurtured the land instead of living by the sword. Saitama is the famous backdrop for many Japanese animated films. Located in the Okubo neighborhood of Saitama City, the university’s tree-lined campus is an enjoyable place to study, get involved in extracurricular activities, and meet students from all over Japan and the world. From campus, you can view the skyscrapers of Saitama’s city center, the majestic peak of Mt. Fuji and the Chichubu Mountains, and you can easily take the train to Tokyo to enjoy the amazing cultural offerings of this world-class city, which is less than an hour away.

Unique among Japanese universities, Saitama University has thriving liberal arts and interdisciplinary educational programs. With its moderate size (9,000 students), generous scholarship opportunities, dynamic student life, and recreation facilities, Saitama is an ideal fit for students interested in Japanese language and culture. The university also has a wide variety of courses taught in English, and welcomes exchange students from around the world.

Lindsey O'Brien, a student who studied at Saitma University said this about the program: 

"Would I recommend this study abroad program to my fellow UMass Boston students? I think from what I’ve written so far the answer should be obvious. Yes. Even though this was Saitama University's second time having the summer program, the price, the international house, the field trips, and the community where all wonderful experiences to me." 

To read the full report, click here. 

To apply for the Exchange Program:
  1. Confirm that this program works for you both academically and financially. Check the courses offered and speak with your academic advisor on which courses you should try to take while abroad that will count towards your degree. If you are receiving financial aid or want to apply for financial aid for the study abroad program, contact so you know what you can expect in aid for the program. 
  2. Once you are sure this is the program for you, apply on this website for the program (click apply at the bottom). 
  3. Once completed, contact the Office of Global Programs to have your nomination submitted to Saitama. From there you will also need to submit the exchange application through Saitama University directly:

For all of the steps and information on applying to study abroad through UMass Boston, download the checklist: Study Abroad Steps to Stay on Track 2020.pdf

UMass Boston undergraduates take intensive Japanese language courses along with classes taught in English in liberal arts and economics. More than 50 courses are regularly offered, from beginner to advanced level. This exchange program is particularly well-suited for Political Science, History, Japanese language and Asian studies students. To find course syllabi, click here, and fill in the search criteria. Please scroll down to "Course Transfers Reference Table" to see how courses from Saitama University have transferred to UMB. 

Saitama University Summer Program 
This 4-week intensive Japanese Studies Program provides undergraduate overseas students a stimulating opportunity to study various aspects of Japan, traditional, modern and contemporary. All classes are conducted in English, and an introductory Japanese language class is offered. More information on dates/deadlines coming soon. 

Students must study full time at the home and host institutions. With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer toward your degree at UMass Boston. 

Fall semester (Terms 3 & 4): September - February
Spring semester (Terms 1 & 2): April - August

Undergraduate and graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 2.75 GPA) with no disciplinary problems.
Required documents for application/admission from the host university (to be picked up at UMass Boston Study Abroad Office):
1. Application Form
2. Japanese or English (*Non-native speaker only) Proficiency
3. Statement of Purpose
4. Affidavit of Support
5. Official Bank Statement
6. Confidential Health History
7. Health Report
8. Passport Copy
9. 5 Color Passport Photos (3cm X 4cm)
10. Certificate of Enrollment of the Applicant for Student Exchange Support Program
11. Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan) ,*JASSO Scholarship Application Form
12. Official Transcript; If you are a transfer student, your previous institutions’ official transcript is required
13. Certificate of Enrollment

See Budget sheet. Please note, the Office of Global Programs use estimated price values for our UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange’ budget sheets. Actual prices may vary, please contact your program provider for more details. 

Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, prior to applying it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:

Information on the Bridging and Morgan Stanley scholarships to study in Japan and downloadable application forms are available at AATJ's Web site.
Scholarships for international students

There is a limited amount of space in the International House residence hall for international students, or students can find a private apartment.



You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa before you travel. 

Students are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival in Japan.
For more information on student visas, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website. To apply for a student visa, visit the Consulate General of Japan in Boston website. Some visas can take several weeks to obtain. Make sure you understand the requirements for your specific visa. 

Download: Japan Country Information and Visas.pdf

Course Transfers Reference Table:
Course Title Course Transfer # Course Transfer Title Credits Transferred to UMB
Chinese I Grammer and Communication Skill Chinese 9000 Chinese 9000 2
Japan and the Asia-Pacific War HIST 9000 HIST 9000 2
The Social History of Postwar Japan HIST 9000 HIST 9000 2
British Studies and Seminar in English Culture HUMCTR 9000 HUMCTR 9000 4
Worlds of the Samurai HUMCTR 9000 HUMCTR 9000 2
JapaneseCinese Character and Writing) a JAPAN 302 Advanced Intermediate JapaneseII 3

Pre-decision Phase Instructions: 
This is a UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange Program. There are two separate applications. First, students apply to the program by completing this online UMass Boston application. If eligible to study abroad, the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office nominates the student to the university abroad. The student is then informed with a letter or an email about next steps to complete the university's abroad application (online or hard copy forms). Please click here for application instructions. 
Post-decision Phase Instructions: 
The final decision to accept a student is made by the university abroad and the student will be emailed. Once accepted by the university abroad, UMass Boston students must complete all the requirements indicated by the university abroad, in addition to completing all forms and submitting all the post-acceptance documents to UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Please click here for instructions and forms.