About Short-term Study and Student Exchange Programs
Short-term study refers primarily to studying abroad while still enrolled at a university in one’s home country on the basis of inter-university exchange agreements. The objective is not necessarily to obtain a degree but rather acquire a foreign language, experience a foreign culture or study at a university, etc. in a foreign country or region. The student receives education for a semester or several semesters within an academic year, acquiring credits or receives research guidance. Classes are carried out in the language of the country where the educational facility is located or in a foreign language.
Student exchange refers to a university dispatching a foreign student to another university with which it has an inter-university exchange agreement and having the other university accept the student.
Credit acquired at the university where the exchange student is studying is generally calculated into the credits earned at the university where the exchange student is originally enrolled. Depending on the number of credits earned, it becomes possible for the student to graduate from the university where he/she is originally enrolled when the standard number of years necessary for acquiring a degree is reached. Tuition is ordinarily paid to the university where the exchange student is originally enrolled. However, there is a need to confirm how tuition should be paid while abroad as an exchange student or how credits are handled as they may differ from university to university.