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  • Locations: Fukuoka, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Russell Davis Advisor Email:
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Class Standing: 1 Freshman, 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Min Required Number of College Credits Completed in Order to Apply: 12 Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Housing Option: Dorm Program Open to: CSI Students, Other CUNY Students
Program Description:

Overview | Studying | Living | Exploring | Eligibility | Dates & Costs


Seinan Gakuin University (SGU) was founded in 1916 by Baptist missionaries in the southern city of Fukuoka. The campus has always had an international flavor and accepts students from around the world.  This exchange is open to all CUNY students who meet the requirements below.

Please note that this is a competitive program which involves a CSI on-campus interview as part of the application and nomination process. Preference will be given to early completed applications and to College of Staten Island students.


Take a full semester of courses in: Asian Studies, Business, Comparative Religion, Economics, Law, History, Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work & Sociology. Exchange students are required to take Japanese Language. All courses except the Japanese language are taught in English.  See sample SGU course offerings for exchange students here.


Students live in student dorms with other Japanese and international students. The housing fee is not included in the program costs and is paid directly to SGU prior to
arrival in Japan.


The city of Fukuoka, also known as Hakata, is the cultural and economic capital of Kyushu, the southern most island of Japan. The city has a population of 1.5 million people and has been considered an international city for centuries. Fukuoka is the capital of Fukuoka Prefecture and sits on the northern shore of the island. It’s known for ancient temples, beaches and modern shopping malls, including Canal City. Maizuru Park contains ruins of 17th-century Fukuoka Castle. The central Hakata district contains Tocho-ji Temple, home to a wooden Buddha ten meters tall and the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, with displays on daily life in the Meiji and Taisho eras. Fukuoka is known for its excellent public transportation system and the natural beauty of its scenic mountains and beaches.  Fukuoka is well-situated and connected as a transportation hub for those who want to also explore other country destinations in East and South East Asia.


The program is open to CUNY students only, who are in good academic and student standing, with a minimum 2.75 GPA.  Second semester college freshman who have at least 12 completed credits & up may apply.  Applicants must submit a complete application which includes an in-person campus interview.  These exchange programs require a certain level of maturity, independence, seriousness of purpose, and an ability to adapt to new environmental and academic conditions.

Dates & Costs

Students will be required to pay CUNY full-time tuition prior to departure for the program. No additional tuition is charged by SGU. 

Estimated Additional Costs (per semester): Airfare $1,800, Housing $1,700 - $2,600, Meals $2,000 - $2,500, Insurance $200, Books $175, Field Trip fees $90-175, Personal Expenses, $2,500 - $4,000.

Fall           Mid-August - End of December       (FALL - Depart Aug 18, 2019; Arrive Aug 12 - Depart Dec 22, 2019)
Spring       Early January - End of May            (SPRING - Depart Jan 7, 2020; Arrive Jan 8 - Depart May 25, 2020)

Application deadlines:       Spring – October 1       Fall – March 1

See below for current application deadline.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates a rolling admission application cycle where applicants will be accepted into the program within two to three weeks after application is received and do not have to wait for the application deadline for notification.