Komazawa University


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Komazawa University is one of the oldest universities in Japan. Its history begins in 1592, when a centre of learning was established for the young monks of the Soto sect, one of the two main Zen Buddhist traditions in Japan.

The university is located in Komazawa, Setagaya, which is well known as a university and residential area and is about 20 minutes from the centre of Tokyo, one of the biggest cities in the world. The university is also next to the Tokyo Olympic Memorial Park, so the campus is very quiet and peaceful.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester April–Late July
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–January

View the Komazawa University academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Komazawa University has online resources to help get more from your exchange:


Komazawa University has 2 campuses available for exchange students:

  • Komazawa campus
  • Tamagawa campus

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 Komazawa University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

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

There are very limited English-taught courses available, so strong Japanese language skills are highly recommended.

Find courses

Search the Komazawa University course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

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. 

Study areas taught in English


Course restrictions

Extremely limited Japanese language acquisition or English-taught courses.

Additional academic information

Komazawa University has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Komazawa University's International Exchange House has 14 private rooms, which are assigned by the International Center. Exchange students are given first priority to these rooms, however, numbers are limited.

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.  

Students may be eligible for the JASSO Scholarship program. All students are encouraged to explore scholarship information to determine their eligibility and find applications details.


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.

Foreign residents who will be staying in Japan for three months or more must subscribe to the National Health Insurance.

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

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.