Shimonoseki City University


Language of instruction


Shimonoseki City University offers a full Japanese language program at two levels and students also have the option of taking regular classes (conducted in Japanese) offered by a variety of departments.

Living in regional Japan is the best way to improve your Japanese. Shimonoseki is the most populous city in Yamaguchi prefecture and is just 30 minutes by bullet train to Fukuoka, one of the largest cities in Japan. Shimonoseki is the last city on Honshu – you can literally walk to Kyushu!

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester April–August
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–February

View the SCU academic calendar (in Japanese).

Guides and additional information

SCU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

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 / units per semester at SCU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

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

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. 

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

Study areas taught in English


Course restrictions

Undergraduate exchange only. 

Students who wish to study at Shimonoseki City University should have completed the following courses:

  • JAPN 1013/1023/2013 from the single major and JAPN2023 OR equivalent.
  • OR JAPN1011/1012/2021 and JAPN2022 from the concentrated stream for extended major students OR equivalent.

Additional academic information

Each semester, students should enrol in the following courses at SCU:

  • 7 Japanese Language courses: worth 1 unit each, offered at two levels;
  • 1 Japanese Society and Culture courses: worth 2 units each;
  • 3 other courses in Foreign Studies, Computer Practicum, Sports Practicum, English-Japanese translation: worth 2 units each (intermediate level of Japanese required).

Please see suggested course plan for more information. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Shimonoseki City University offers self-catering dormitory accommodation for exchange students. All rooms are fully furnished and are a 10-minute walk from the University.

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.  

Exchange students at Shimonoseki City University may be eligible for the JASSO Scholarship.


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 join the Japanese Government's National Health Insurance Program (Kokumin Kenko Hoken).

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 UQ Abroad 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 UQ Abroad 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, UQ Abroad 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.