University of Kitakyushu


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The University of Kitakyushu is one of the nation’s leading public universities. Located at the north end of Kyushu, the gateway to the mainland, the city of Kitakyushu continues to develop as a hub for transportation, commerce and tourism.

Surrounded by the sea on three sides, Kitakyushu boasts many beautiful natural settings, including the spectacular shoreline of the Seto Inland Sea National Park and the Genkai Quasi-National Park.

Semester dates

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

View the Kitakyushu academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

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


Kitakyushu has 2 campus locations:

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

8 tani / credits per semester at Kitakyushu is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

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

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 Kitakyushu course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English


Course restrictions

Undergraduate exchange only.

Additional academic information

Depends on students' Japanese language proficiency level, there're different courses offered to exchange students at Kitakyushu. 

Students may use the Kitakyushu Japanese language program structure to plan their courses, and they will study the following areas: 

  • Integrated classes (grammar and sentence patterns)
  • Speaking and listening
  • Writing
  • Kanji
  • Reading
  • Reading and discussion in modern Japanese (optional)
  • Japanese society studies (optional)

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


There is no student dormitory at The University of Kitakyushu, but the University's Center for International Education and Exchange assists students in renting a private apartment located within walking or cycling distance from campus.

Student may stay in a private apartment designated by Kitakyushu University for free (utility fees will still be charged as normal) - only 1 spot is available for semester 2, 2019 and/or semester 1, 2020.  

Cost of living

Kitakyushu has one of the lowest costs of living among major Japanese cities for housing, food and other expenditures.

Financial support

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

The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) scholarships are available for a small number of students who demonstrate financial need.


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.

It is a requirement for international students staying in Japan for 3 months or longer to enrol in the National Health Insurance (NHI) program upon arrival in Japan.

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.

Kitakyushu has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

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.