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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Housing: Campus Housing Number of Credits Offered: 12-16
Language Courses Offered: Japanese Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Bilateral Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Linguistics, Religious Studies, Honors, Government and International Policy, Communication, Economics, English, Global Affairs, Integrative Studies, Japanese Studies, Journalism
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Program eligible for VA Benefits: No
Program Description:

Aoyama Gakuin University

Tokyo, Japan

Aoyama Gakuin University
Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) was founded in 1874. With a population of over 19,000 students, AGU's main campus is located in the dynamic and stylish district of Aoyama in the heart of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward. This area offers a wide variety of cultural sites, concerts, plays, films, music festivals, arts, and sporting events. Students have easy access to the best of Japan's urban lifestyle.

AGU also has the Sagamihara Campus which is located in the lively, modern town of Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture just south of Tokyo, renowned as the home of Japan's aerospace industry.

Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.​​

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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
    • For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
  • Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.

Courses Available

Students attending Aoyama Gakuin University can select courses from the following programs: *Course information and the English course list for every Academic Year will be updated at the end of March.

Course Restrictions

Exchange students are unable to take courses from the following programs:
  • MBA program
  • Physical Education classes
  • Teacher's Certificate courses
  • Foreign language courses for Japanese students
  • Courses in Education
  • Courses that are full
NOTE: Graduate students may be accepted on a limited basis subject to approval from the academic staff based on their academic objectives. Courses are taught in Japanese at the graduate level. Therefore, a high level of Japanese proficiency is mandatory.

Location of Courses

AGU has two main campuses: the Aoyama campus and the Sagamihara campus. 

Aoyama Campus
  • Located in the heart of Tokyo (Shibuya, Tokyo)
  • Home to 7 academic departments
    • Literature
    • Education
    • Psychology & Human Studies
    • Economics
    • Law
    • Business
    • International Politics, Economics, and Communication
    • Cultural and Creative Studies
  • Japanese Courses for Exchange Students Available:
    • Japanese Language and Culture Classes (Levels 1-7)
    • Japanese A, B, C, and D (4 classes per week)
    • Japanese Culture and Society (1 class per week)
    • Japanology (1 class per week)
Sagamihara Campus
  • Located in Sagamihara city in Kanagawa, 90 minutes by train from the Aoyama Campus
  • Home to 3 academic departments:
    • Science and Engineering
    • Social Informatics
    • Global Studies & Collaboration (Japan Studies Program)
  • Japanese Courses for Exchange Students Available:
    • Japanese Language and Culture Classes (Levels 1-3)
    • Japanese A, B, C, and D (4 classes per week)
    • Japanese Culture and Society (1 class per week)

Course Registration

Students register online during the registration period at AGU which will occur after they attend the course registration orientation (which takes place upon arrival).

Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar at Aoyama Gakuin University is different from Mason's. The fall semester runs from September until late January and the spring semester runs from late March to early August.

Due to the schedule at AGU, students may only study abroad there for the academic year or the spring semester.

Credit Conversion

Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time abroad. A full-time course load is 12-15 credits. A typical course is worth 2 credits. 

  • 2 AGU credits = 2 credits at Mason

Students must take a minimum of 14 credits per semester for Japanese visa regulations or 10 hours of class time per week (whichever is higher).

Grade Conversion

When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.

 AGU Grade Mason Grade
AA (100-90) A+
A (89-80) A
B (79-70) B
C (69-60) C
59-0 F

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.


  • Housing Information
    • Aoyama Campus Students
      • AGU I-House (located in Musashi-Kosugi)
        • A co-ed off-campus dormitory with 128 single rooms. Half of the rooms are occupied by international students and the rest of the rooms are for Japanese students.
        • Room Type: Furnished single room with balcony.
        • Amenities: Private bathroom, closet, mini-fridge, high-speed internet, Wi-Fi, A/C in rooms
        • Facilities: Cafeteria, gym, laundry room, multi-purpose room, lounge, terrace, garden
        • Meals: Students can choose with (2 meals a day on weekdays) or without a meal plan.
        • Location: Around a 15 minute walk to the Mushashi-Kosugi station and a 30 minute train ride to the Aoyama campus. There are several major shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants, discount stores, clinics and hospitals, banks, parks, and municipal offices. The station has 5 lines, making it easily accessible for the residents to get to some of the major areas around Tokyo such as Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Jiyagaoka, and Yokohama.
    • Sagamihara Campus Students
      • AGU I-House Sagamihara
        • I-House is an international student dormitory located in front of Sagamihara campus. It is a share house and accommodation for male and female students is mainly separated by floors. 
        • Room Type: Furnished single rooms with balcony or furnished double rooms (bunk beds) with balcony.
        • Amenities: Closet, mini-fridge, high-speed internet, Wi-Fi in public spaces, A/C in room
        • Facilities: Shared shower room, Sento (Japanese shared bath), shared kitchen, laundry, theater room, lounge, bicycle parking, multi-purpose room, conference room.
        • Meals: I-House does not provide any meal service.
        • Location: A ten minute walk from the Fuchinobe Station and a 75 minute commute from the Aoyama campus.

Student Services

The Chat Room

For international students, AGU offers free Japanese Chat Sessions where you can practice your Japanese. It is a great chance to use what you learned in class in an informal environment and learn about Japanese culture from the Chat Leaders. Sessions are divided by level so whether you are serious about improving your Japanese or just want to make new friends, the Chat Room is a wonderful Resource.

Program Cost

This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.

Program Payments

As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $325 (for semester length programs) or $525 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Academic Year: Early-Mid March*
Spring: Mid October*

*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).

Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Japan's website for further information.

Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2023 10/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.