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Shimane University Semester Program
Matsue, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/15/2020 ** 09/28/2020 08/06/2021
NOTE: The start and end dates ARE NOT the official dates set by the program. They are estimated dates based on the previous year. Do not use these dates when planning flights.

** Refer to the brochure page below for official program dates.
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Program Term: Spring, Academic Year
Language Prerequisite: Japanese (at least 2 semesters)
Primary Instruction Language: Japanese, English
Eligibility: 2.5 GPA
Program Type: Exchange



Established in 1949, Shimane University is a public higher education institution located in the the rural setting of the large town of Matsue (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants). Shimane University is officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Education and is a medium-sized (enrollment range: 7,000-7,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Shimane University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. Located in Shimane Prefecture in western Honshu, the university has campuses in Matsue City (the prefectural capital) and Izumo City (one hour to the west of Matsue). The Matsue campus is home to the university's Law & Literature, Education, Science & Engineering, and Life & Environmental Science faculties, as well as the university's central administration.


Shimane3The Shimane University Semester Program is primarily geared for students seeking advanced knowledge in Japanese language  and culture. Each course is 1.0-2.0 credits total and offered once per week for 15 weeks (each class period is 1.5 hours). Students must enroll in enough courses to equate to a minimum of 12.0 credit hours to meet full-time status requirements.


  • Kent State students should attend the Spring semester or go abroad for the entire Academic Year, as Shimane University's Fall semester often overlaps with the start of Kent's Spring semester.
  • The Spring semester goes from approximately early April to early August.
  • The Academic Year goes from approximately early October to early August.


  • This program is geared toward students minoring in Japanese language (but not required). However, students must have taken at least 2 semesters of Japanese.
  • This program is open to all students regardless of class standing or major.
  • The minimum GPA requirement for this program is 2.5.


Shimane2Housing is provided by Shimane University via their "International House". The International House is located a 5 minute walk from the main campus. Residents in the International House share cooking facilities, washrooms (showeroom), and laundry facilities. Meals are not included in the housing fee. Each student receives a SINGLE ROOM with bed*, desk, chair, bookshelf, and wardrobe closet. Each room does include its own toilet and washbasin. *Residents must provide his/her own bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow; Shimane can assist with recommendations for this).


  • KSU tuition: Students will pay their Ohio-resident/Non-resident tuition rate to Kent State University.
    • 2016/2017 Academic Year tuition rates: OH Resident $5,006.00 | Non-Resident $9,188.00
  • Exchange Program Administrative Fee: $250.00
  • Housing: $200.00/month, estimated (will vary depending on housing and student utility usage)
  • Insurance: $250.00 for the semester required Japanese national health insurance as well as required KSU international accident/medical insurance
  • Airfare: $1,500 roundtrip estimate
  • Meals: $2,000.00 estimate for meals for full semester (4 months). No meal plan offered. Students may cook in the dormitory as well as eat out. 
  • TOTAL ESTIMATE: $9,556.00
    • Excludes personal living expenses, personal travel, passport/visa fees, transportation from airport to campus
    • Financial Aid applicable!

Financial aid and scholarships are applicable toward this program!

Financial Aid does apply to the Shimane University Semester Program. Please speak with  the Student Financial Aid Office for more information:

View a complete listing of available scholarships.



Professor Eriko Tanaka
Professor, Japanese Language | Modern & Classical Languages Department | 330-672-2150


Molly Papay
Education Abroad Advisor | Office of Global Education | +1 (330) 672-3067

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