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Study-Abroad Programs for Chuo University students:

  1. The University’s own study abroad programs (exchange programs with partner institutions, study abroad at institutions other than partner institutions, and short-term programs);
  2. The use of holiday time or leaves of absence to study abroad.

The University’s study-abroad programs offer places overseas for more than 200 students a year. For students who undertake a one-year exchange or study-abroad programs, every consideration is given to help them complete coursework and receive credits for subjects studied abroad, and financial support is offered by the University in the form of scholarships and reduction of, or exemption from, academic fees. When students return from studying abroad, their experiences can be put to great use, whether in their professions or graduate studies.

Number of Students Abroad in Academic Year 2019
Number of Students in Short-Term Program
Total: 282
[2019 summer]
University of California, Davis (USA): 19
The University of Winnipeg (Canada) : 30
The University of Sheffield (UK): 30
Swinburne University of Technology, Swinburne College (Australia): 29
The University of Tübingen (Germany): 15
Aix-Marseille University (France): 13
Dankook University (South Korea): 18
Sookmyung Women's University (South Korea): 8
Kyung Hee University (South Korea): 6

[2020 Spring]
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (USA)
*School of Pacific and Asia Studies : 17
*New Intensive Course in English: 29
The University of Auckland (New Zealand): 16
Monash University, Monash College (Australia): 23
Swinburne University of Technology, Swinburne College (Australia): 29

Acceptance of International students

Students from countries all over the world are accepted into degree programs through entrance exams for international students, and short-term (one year) non-degree exchange students are also accepted under partnership agreements.

From June to July, a Chuo University Summer Program lasting about six weeks is offered to introduce the Japanese culture and society to students, and the program conducted in Japanese and English is available to students from the institutions with which Chuo University has partnership agreements. International students who studied at the University are active in various fields around the globe.

Number of International Students (as of May 2020)
  Undergraduate Master Program Doctoral Program Professional Graduate Program Total
regular non-regular regular non-regular regular non-regular regular
Law 51 13 13 5 13 0 - 95
Economics 189 1 25 0 2 0 - 217
Commerce 141 2 12 0 2 0 - 157
Science & Engineering 97 3 31 11 6 0 - 148
Letters 36 17 23 4 18 0 - 98
Policy Studies 9 11 7 0 3 0 - 30
Global Management 55 0 - - - - - 55
Global Informatics 3 0 - - - - - 3
Strategic Management - - - - - - 0 0
Chuo Law School - - - - - - 2 2
Total 581 47 111 20 44 0 2 805
*Non-regular students: exchange students and research students from partner institutions
*Figures exclude students on temporary leave and students who have not obtained a student status of residence due to the new coronavirus.
Number of International Students by nations and regions
(as of May 2020)
China 601
South Korea 98
Hong Kong 15
France 14
Malaysia 14
Taiwan 14
Germany 8
Thailand 6
Indonesia 5
Vietnam 5
Mongolia 3
Myanmar 3
Denmark 2
Russia 2
Sweden 2
UK 2
Other 8 nations and regions 8
Grand Total 805

Intercultural Programs

The International Center provides a range of programs and support designed to encourage international and intercultural exchange. Every summer, an annual Peace Seminar camp is attended by nearly 30 students of International and Japanese students. This provides an excellent opportunity for students from many nations to study issues focusing on peace and to interact with the local community. To date, camps have been held in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa, Hokkaido, and South Korea (Seoul).

Throughout the year seminars and excursion are provided for students to learn about Japanese society and culture. In addition, the International Center supports the activities of the Chuo University International Students Association and a student volunteer organization called “Sputnik”, that provides opportunities for students to cross cultural and national barriers, deepen friendships, and enrich their lives at Chuo.

Exchange of Researchers

Chuo University continually exchanges researchers with faculties, undergraduate schools and institutions. The International Center supports a wide range of activities and programs: accepting international researchers and international guest researchers; sending faculty members to partnership institutions and international academic conferences; and, holding international academic conferences and international joint research programs. Over 100 researchers are accepted at the university annually and more than 300 faculty members are sent abroad each year.