Exchange Program - Saitama University

Saitama University logoStudy Abroad in Saitama, the ‘Oasis of Tokyo’ — a historic city whose forests were planted centuries ago by peace-loving Samurais who nurtured the land instead of living by the sword. Saitama is the famous backdrop for Japanese animated films.

Saitama University is one of Japan’s most innovative institutions. Unique among Japanese universities, Saitama has thriving liberal arts and interdisciplinary educational programs. With its moderate size (9,000 students),  scholarship opportunities, dynamic student life, and recreation facilities, Saitama is an ideal fit for UNH students interested in Japanese language and culture. The university also has a wide variety of courses taught in English, which draws students from around the world.

Located in the Okubo neighborhood of Saitama City, the university’s tree-lined campus is an enjoyable place to study, get involved in extracurricular activities, and meet students from all over Japan and the world. From campus, you can view the skyscrapers of Saitama’s city center, the majestic peak of Mt. Fuji and the Chichubu Mountains, and you can easily take the train to Tokyo to enjoy the amazing cultural offerings of this world-class city, less than an hour away. 

UNH Exchange programs are suitable for students with strong leadership skills who want an immersion experience studying with local students, relying on local services with no management or oversight by UNH or other U.S. provider. 


students at Saitama University eating their bento lunchAcademics: UNH undergraduates take intensive Japanese language courses along with classes taught in English in liberal arts and economics. More than 50 courses are regularly offered, from beginner to advanced level. This exchange program is particularly well-suited for Political Science, History, Japanese language and Asian studies students. 

Graduate students should contact Catherine D'Auteuil for specific course information.

Housing and Meals: Room and meals are paid in country.  All exchange students are given priority to move into I-House, the on-campus international dormitory—a basic living environment for students at very reasonable prices. Each unit includes a private bathroom and kitchen furnished with electric appliances and utensils and is only a two-minute walk from the main buildings.  There is 24-hour security on campus. 

Extra-Curricular Activities: Saitama University is home to more than 178 student organizations representing a wide range of interests. The most popular ones for international students are Aikido, Kendo, Cycling and cooking.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid: UNH students pay their normal tuition and some fees.  UNH currently allow allows federal, state and institutional aid — except work study — to transfer for all UNH Managed, UNH Exchange and UNH Approved programs abroad. You will be able to factor in airfare as an educational cost and consider the cost of living in your host country for your estimated expenses.

In addition, there are study abroad scholarships available! Please visit the Scholarships & Fellowships page for information about UNH and external funding for study abroad.

Students who study at Saitama University for the spring semester often get a Saitama University Honors scholarship. Contact Catherine D’Auteuil, Education Abroad Advisor/Program Manager for details.

Tokyo Tower, Japan

Travel and Insurance: Students purchase their flight independently. Visit Int’l Polices and Travel Resources section of the UNH Global website for information about International Insurance.

Eligibility: Students need to have a minimum of a 2.75 gpa and meet UNH study away eligibility requirements. Visit the Start section of the UNH Global website for details.

Application Deadlines: A spring semester or academic year exchange.  Submit exchange application in Via by September 25 (for spring study abroad) or March 5 for full academic year.  

What next?  To find out more details about exchanges, attend a Study Abroad Information Session, held every Tuesday at 12:45PM, locations vary.   After you’ve attended an information session and researched the exchange, set up an appointment with Catherine D’Auteuil in myWildcat Success or come to our walk in advising hours. 

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