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Gifu University ART EXC
Gifu, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
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Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
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English, Japanese
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Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
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Anticipated Places:
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Agreement Scope:
Arts and Social Sciences
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Not Applicable
Program Description:


Gifu University
Location: Gifu
Year Established: 1949
Student Population: 7,600

Gifu University is a national university in the city of Gifu in central Japan.

Gifu University has attracted several hundred foreign students at its campus, many of whom elect to study arts and social sciences. The University recently announced it would soon begin offering English-only courses in order to expand its campus and attract more students from abroad.

Unique Characteristics
Gifu University, amongst the smaller learning institutions in Japan, consists of five faculties: Education, Regional Studies, Medicine, Engineering and Applied Biological Sciences (agriculture and veterinary).

Gifu once contained many historical sites, but destruction during WWII has left little trace of them. Redevelopment has created a vibrant and accessible downtown core. It is surrounded by scenic mountains, a wide river and has excellent transportation links to larger cities like Nagoya.

Japan - Gifu U - Campus

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university.

Subject Area/s: Arts and Social Sciences

Exclusions apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Spring Semester: April-September
Autumn Semester: October-March

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
More information on the host university's grading system (in Japanese)

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in Japanese, with a limited number of classes in English. Information on Japanese language courses offered by the host university. 
Language Requirement
Students must have passed the N2 Japanese Language Proficiency Test or demonstrate equivalent proficiency in Japanese.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
A mandatory orientation will be held prior to the start of semester.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university. 

Information from the host university.
Information from the Consulate-General of Japan, Sydney.

Student Experiences

Terence Ng
Bachelor of Arts (Languages), Semester 1, 2016

Host City Highlights
Gujo, Gifu Castle, just exploring the countryside neighbourhood in general.

Uni Life
Great students, mainly Japanese! Many tiny paddocks and houses, you can see the mountain range and get to know the local students through clubs and activities.

Very intensive for my program (something like 14 classes, 90 minutes each), 10 people for the Japanese and cultural classes, and a class exceeding 30 (lecture style) for normal subjects in Japanese with Japanese students.

Sushi, Bento (Very convenient so don't even need to make you own- I went back home still not knowing how to cook well- Japan, even in the country, is just that convenient).
They also have supermarkets 4 minutes away and an AEON 25 minutes away by walking- very close and convenient.

I stayed at International house- very multicultural, great neighbours and I ended up sharing housing with one of my classmates.

Money Matters
$15 000 per year is more than enough including travel

Getting Around
Public transport is not too convenient- 45 minutes by bus to the main station. You can save time by buying a bicycle.

During the winter or summer there are 2 month breaks. I went from Kyuushuu to Hokkaido in my trip. I used mainly the Seishun ticket which is very cheap- local trains only- but can get you very far.

Top Tips
Use as much Japanese as you can and study hard! They more you study and use the language, the more you'll improve. I strongly advise against going to cities if you go there for language and cultural learning- it is a waste of time as you can go to cities like Tokyo and Osaka. But places like Gifu will certainly make your exchange more special and unique.
Gifu - Terrence Ng