Kochi University


Language of instruction


Kochi University is a comprehensive university offering education and research based on a philosophy of local, relevant decision-making and regional community collaboration. Kochi aims to help develop a safe, sustainable society where people live in harmony with the environment.

Kochi is a small and friendly city, with a casual atmosphere. The region is blessed with natural beauty, including the picturesque Katsurahama Beach, Shikoku mountains and Ryuono Falls.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester April–September
Semester 2 Autumn Semester October–March

View the Kochi University academic calendar (page 13).

Guides and additional information


Kochi University has 2 campuses available for exchange students, hosting different faculties:

  • Asakura Campus
    • Faculty of Humanities and Economics
    • Faculty of Education
    • Faculty of Science
  • Monobe Campus
    • School of Architecture

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

14 tani / credits per semester at Kochi University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Kochi University.

Regular courses taught in Japanese requries JLPT N1 or above. 

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Please refer to "Additional academic information" for offering courses. 

Study areas taught in English


Course restrictions

Kochi University does not provide an English course list.

Regular courses offered by KU faculties are taught in Japanese. 

Additional academic information

KU Centre for International Collaboration offers supplementary Japanese Lessons to international students.

Students must take at least 7 classes/courses per semester. KU cannot provide credits for the attended courses, but can prove how many hours you have studied. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Kochi University offers multiple accommodation options for international students. At the Monobe campus, students can stay in the housing facilities known as the International House, located 1-minute walk from the campus gate. There are dormitories with a set number of rooms available near the Asakura campus, or students may choose to find private accommodation.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Japan is relatively expensive, however, there are multiple ways to reduce your expenses while living and studying in Japan.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

You may be eligible for scholarships while studying at Kochi University. Students are encouraged to explore all available scholarships to find more information and determine their eligibility.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All non-Japanese students must enrol for the Japanese Government's National Health Insurance (NHI) system (also Kokumin Kenko Hoken) (information on page 21).

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.