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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 2021-2022 02/15/2021 ** 09/27/2021 08/05/2022
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.
Program Description:
Program Description:



Program Term: Spring, Academic Year
Language Prerequisite: Japanese (at least 2 semesters), completion of Elementary Japanese II
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 coeducational higher education institution (enrollment range: 7,000-7,999 students). Shimane University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, and 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.

  • Students will work with Professor Eriko Tanaka ( to select and pre-approve courses.



  • Spring semester: from approximately early April to early August.
  • Academic Year: 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 a 5 minute walk from the main campus. Residents in the International House share cooking facilities, washrooms (shower-room), 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).



Students pay Kent State University tuition (Resident or Non-Resident) for 12 credit hours. Housing and living costs will vary depending on the options students choose. Total estimated costs can be found in the Budget Sheet at the top of this page, to the lower left of the Apply Now button.

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.



There are several important steps to complete when applying for an exchange program. Click “Apply Now” on this page and create a profile here on the KSU application portal.
  • Complete the KSU education abroad application, including payment of the $60 application fee.
  • The Education Abroad Team will make official nominations to the host university by a specified deadline. 
  • Students will be notified of being selected by Kent State University for official nomination within two weeks of the host university application deadline.
  • If officially nominated, applicants must then complete the host university application for their specific term of interest.
  • The student will be notified of official acceptance to the exchange program by Kent State University and the host university.
  • Preference will be given to students pursuing a Japanese minor.


You can learn more about your destination, including travel advisories, through the U.S. Department of State website
Please visit the CDC travel page for information about any vaccinations you may need or health and safety tips for traveling to your destination.

If vaccinations or medicines are needed according to the CDC, you can make arrangements with your healthcare provider or the DeWeese Health Center as soon as possible for appointments. Appointment openings at the DeWeese Health Center are limited and they may have to order your vaccine, which takes time. Please note that not all immunizations are available at the DeWeese Health Center. Plan accordingly.



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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