Shimane University

Shimane University

Matsue, Japan

Living in Matsue
Important Dates
Eligibility Requirements
Program Contact
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Shimane University is located in the rural setting of the large town of Matsue (population approximately 206,000 people), situated on the northwest coast of Japan's main island. 



The semester exchange program with Shimane University is designed for students to practice Japanese language skills and to learn more about Japanese culture, history, and society. While students from any major may participate in this program, preference is first given to those who are pursuing the Japanese minor. 

Course offerings may include the following:

  • Japanese Language (mandatory)
  • Japanese Culture
  • Japanese History
  • Japanese Society
  • Japan Studies
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Global Perspective
  • ...and more!

Upon arrival at Shimane University, students will complete a placement exam to determine at which level of Japanese language they will study. The Japanese language courses are offered at three levels (elementary, intermediate, advanced) and are taught in Japanese. Most special elective courses for exchange students are taught in English. To learn more about the semester course offerings, please review the Shimane University Course Info for Undergraduates (PDF).  

Students participating in the Shimane University Summer Program will study Japanese language, culture, society, and history, but credit is not awarded for the experience. The Summer Program also features field trips and extracurricular activities pertaining to the academic topics. 

Living in Matsue

Semester Program: Students will live in the International House Matsue, which consists of 28 single-person apartments with shared shower rooms, kitchens, lounge areas, and laundry rooms. 

Summer Program: Students will live with a local Japanese family for a homestay experience where meals are included. 

Important Dates
Academic Year     Mid-February Late August Early August
Spring Early October Late March Early August
Summer Early March Early July Mid-July

Eligibility Requirements
  • Full-time, degree-seeking student at Kent State
  • Any major
  • Japanese minor preferred
  • Completion of Elementary Japanese II or higher
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5 or higher

Program Contact

Molly Papay
Education Abroad Advisor
Phone: 330-672-3067

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